While the 2016 Cadillac CT6 will be an important product in Cadillac’s domestic market, it will be even more so in China. Cadillac has sat in the doldrums for some time in the booming market that continues to scoop up luxury vehicles left and right.
The 2016 CT6 is a good starting point for China before a true flagship Cadillac arrives to rival the likes of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Until then, we have spy shots of the Chinese-market Cadillac CT6 from CarNewsChina.
The car looks nearly identical to the U.S.-spec car, with the only major difference to spot being the Shanghai-GM badge above the lower bumper. Shanghai-GM will manufacture the car in China, while production for the domestic market will stick to the U.S.
The 2016 CT6 will launch with a plug-in option for China first before heading stateside, while the same three engine choices remain: a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, a 3.6-liter naturally aspirated V6 and the all-new twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6.
China’s interesting badging continues, though. Instead of regular turbo badging, we see “40T” badged instead. Presumably referring to the 3.0-liter V6’s output of 400 hp.
Production for the 2016 Cadillac CT6 is expected to commence late this year.