If you’ve been following GM Authority’s coverage of Cadillac news this week, you’ve already heard and read all about the 2019 Cadillac CT6 V-Sport and its new Cadillac V8 engine with twin turbos making a mighty 550 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque. But what about the 2019 CT6 in its regular, non-V-Sport guise? Well, it gets the same updates to the exterior, interior, and in-vehicle technology. And it will also receive Cadillac’s new 4.2L Twin-Turbo beast. Here’s the lowdown on that.
The 2019 CT6 takes on the latest Cadillac design direction introduced by the Cadillac Escala Concept. The full-size sedan retains the dominant vertical light signatures of the 2016-2018 models, but adds new horizontal elements to give the front end a more aggressive appearance.
This theme is also carried over to the rear, as new horizontal elements join the vertical ones that make Cadillacs so distinguishable. What’s more, Cadillac says that the new rear lighting graphic is very distinguishable at night.
Specifically, non V-Sport models feature new horizontal high-lumen headlights and a revised taillight design. They also retain the chrome daylight opening (DLO) trim, whereas V-Sport models get the black-out treatment.
The new 4.2L Twin-Turbo V-8 LTA is not reserved for the CT6 V-Sport. It will also be available in the non-V-Sport model, where it makes 500 horsepower and 553 pound-feet torque. By comparison, the engine makes 550 horsepower and 637 pound-feet of torque in the CT6 V-Sport.
The Cadillac Twin Turbo V-8 is matched to the new GM 10-speed automatic transmission (10L90). The transmission boasts a very broad, 7.39 overall gear ratio spread, enhancing off-the-line performance and contributing to reduced engine speed on the highway for refinement and efficiency. Narrow steps between the gear ratios also help the engine maintain the optimal speed for maximum power at almost all vehicle speeds.
New Trim Strategy
The 2019 Cadillac CT6 introduces Cadillac’s new “Y” trim strategy for models. The strategy allows each model to have Luxury and Sport trims with distinct personas and features, and the V-Sport trim builds on the Sport trim.
What the trim level structure of the 2019 Cadillac CT6 will be in light of the Y trim level strategy is currently unknown. We’re reached out to Cadillac for clarification and will update this article when and/or if we get a reply.
Cadillac has not yet shared any specifics about the interior of the 2019 CT6, instead focusing all attention on the updates to the model’s in-vehicle technology. We will update this section as needed if the vehicle’s cabin is updated.
The Cadillac User Experience (CUE) infotainment system has not exactly been the most delightful system on the market, mostly due to two issues. The first is a slow system speed, which Cadillac has resolved with the latest iteration dubbed CUE 3.0. The second is that a touchscreen seems to be an inferior interface for what is essentially a computer in a vehicle. Physical knobs, buttons and dials simply work better. As we have previously recommended, Cadillac finally addressed the second set of items: the touchscreen and touchpad duo on the 2016, 2017 and 2018 models of the CT6 are replaced by two physical controllers.
The smaller controller is used for volume, seek forward/back controls for the audio system as well as shortcut buttons for fast access to the most frequently used apps such as Audio, Phone, Navigation (if available) and Home. The large center dial is used to operate primary features of the most frequently used apps, scroll menus and lists and select other apps to be displayed.
Both controllers drive the latest Cadillac User Experience infotainment system (now at version 3.0) to deliver a highly-connected environment. Compared to previous generations, the new system features a more intuitive user interface, faster response and improved voice recognition. It was first introduced on the 2017 CTS.
The system now leverages the cloud and embedded high-speed 4G LTE connection for higher levels of personalization, connected navigation and news, as well as marketplace and entertainment applications via the app store.
In addition, the 2019 Cadillac CT6 also delivers two notable improvements to existing technologies:
- A second-generation Rear Camera Mirror that does what the first-gen system did, but now has a new frameless design for the mirror along with zoom and tilt features, plus
- A next-generation, 5-watt wireless charging with larger charge area for better phone compatibility (the current system is not compatible with some devices, such as the Apple iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X)
- Electronic Precision Shift (EPS), which removes the physical connection between the gear selector and the vehicle’s powertrain
Additional technologies on the 2019 Cadillac CT6 include:
- Super Cruise, the first truly hands-free driver assistance feature for the freeway, is available only on non-Sport models.
- The 10-inch diagonal Cadillac user experience interface screen has 1080p HD resolution.
- Available Cloud-connected navigation that provides real-time traffic and routing.
- Rear-seat Infotainment that has media input through USB, HDMI or Wi-Fi connection to a phone.
- The full suite of available active safety features that includes:
- Forward Collision Alert
- Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert
- Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
- Rear Cross Traffic Alert
- Forward/Reverse Automatic Braking
- Safety Alert Seat
- Available Surround Vision, which provides a 360-degree camera view around the vehicle, displayed on the Cadillac user experience screen, helping the driver avoid nearby objects during low-speed maneuvering
- Available industry-first Surround Vision Recorder video recording system that can record front and rear views while driving, and 360 degrees of recording if the vehicle’s security system is activated.
- Night Vision, which identify people and large animals via heat signatures on a display in the driver information center.
- Available Automatic Parking Assist with Braking that steers the vehicle and applies the brakes at idle speed to help park in parallel or perpendicular spaces while the driver follows text commands, selects gear, and overrides braking and acceleration as needed.
- Available Front Pedestrian Braking, which provides pedestrian detection indications, alerts and automatic braking to help avoid collisions or reduce the harm caused by one.
- New available Rear Pedestrian Detection that alerts the driver, when in Reverse, of an imminent collision with a pedestrian by providing visual notification on rear view camera display.
We expect the 2019 Cadillac CT6 to begin reaching dealers by the end of the 2018 calendar year. The vehicle will continue being made at the GM Detroit-Hamtramck plant in Hamtramck, Michigan.