The Cadillac CT6 will not be offered with the turbo-charged 2.0L LTG four-cylinder engine for the 2019 model year. That much is according to GM VIN code documents submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and discovered by TTAC.
The development would make the 3.6L V-6 LGX as the base engine for the 2019 Cadillac CT6, while the twin-turbo 3.0L V-6 LGW would remain as an upgrade. In addition, the CT6 Plug-In model will continue being offered with the 2.0L LTG engine. All models will have all-wheel-drive standard, with the exception of the CT6 PHEV, which will remain rear-drive.
2019 Cadillac CT6 Engine Lineup
Based on the VIN document, the 2019 Cadillac CT6 will have the following engine lineup:
- 3.6L V6 LGX with making 335 hp (250 kW) @ 6800 rpm and 284 lb-ft of torque (385 Nm) @ 5300 rpm
- 3.0L Twin-Turbo V6 LGW making 404 hp (301 kW) @ 5,700 rpm and 400 lb-ft of torque (542 Nm) @ 2500-5100 rpm
- 2.0L Turbo I4 LTG in the CT6 PHEV making 265 hp (198 kW) @ 5500 rpm and 295 lb-ft of torque (400 N-m) @ 1700-5500 rpm mated to a 4-mode hybrid plugin system and 18.4 kWh lithium ion battery
The brand has previously confirmed plans for a 4.2L twin-turbo V-8 engine with a DOHC configuration, and it’s possible that the 2019 CT6 will be the first to get it.
The to-be discontinued 2.0L Turbo I4 LTG made 265 hp (198 kW) @ 5500 rpm and 295 lb-ft of torque (400 Nm) @ 3000 rpm in the 2016-2018 CT6.
A Word Of Warning
We should note that Cadillac has yet to officially announce these changes, and the information could be incorrect. In fact, GM can submit data to the NHTSA 60 days prior to starting production of 2019 model year vehicles. Given that production of 2019 model year GM models is still months away, the automaker has plenty of time to file changes. However, we do not believe the information about dropping the 2.0T engine is incorrect, since the discontinuation of the engine has been more or less expected, at least for the North American market.
This past summer, Cadillac president Johan de Nysschen that the CT6 would move further upmarket – and potentially further downscale. It would now appear that the latter is no longer going to take place.
Potential Impact On Pricing
We are curious what kind of impact dropping the 2.0L Turbo LTG motor from the lineup will have on 2019 CT6 pricing.
Specifically, will Cadillac increase the sedan’s price by making the 3.6L V-6 engine standard, as it was optional for the 2016-2018 model years, or will it simply offer the 3.6L V-6 AWD model for the price of the 2.0L Turbo RWD model. We’d put on our money on the price increasing for the 2019 model year.
Other Changes For 2019?
The 2019 Cadillac CT6 is expected to receive a midcycle refresh or enhancement (MCE) highlighted by a revised exterior design that would take on cues from the Cadillac Escala concept. A fleet of 2019 CT6es was spied undergoing testing in October wearing camouflage to cover up the design changes.
It’s also possible that the refreshed CT6 will (finally) introduce the Cadillac Twin-Turbo V-8 engine with a Dual Over-Head Cam (DOHC) configuration. Recent leaks have suggested that a variant of the same engine may or may not end up in a model of the upcoming mid-engine Corvette (aka Corvette C8 / future Corvette).
Cadillac CT6 sales have increased 23 percent to 9,701 units in the first 11 moths of 2017, which will be its first full year on sale in the United States. The full-size sedan accounted for 9,169 U.S. deliveries in 2016.
About Cadillac CT6
The current model was introduced for the 2016 model year and represents the first generation of the CT6 nameplate. The 2018 CT6 represents the third model year of the first-generation CT6 and introduces such features as Super Cruise, Rear Camera Mirror Washer and an updated CUE infotainment system (to version 2.6). The vehicle rides on the advanced, high-tech and lightweight GM Omega platform that is currently not shared with any other vehicles, though a full-size crossover on the architecture has been rumored.
For North American markets, the CT6 is built by GM USA at the GM Detroit-Hamtramck factory. For China, the model is built at the Cadillac China factory, aka SGM Jinqiao. The CT6 Plug-In model is built at this plant for global markets, including the United States.