Last month, we brought you the very first photos of the 2019 Cadillac CT6 Sport soaking up the sun while roaming the streets of Metro Detroit. Most recently, our colleagues at Cadillac Society managed to catch up to the refreshed CT6 in Premium Luxury trimmings, and we are showing you their photos here.
On the 2019 CT6, the Premium Luxury model resides in the middle trim in Cadillac’s new “Y trim level” hierarchy. The trim structure starts with the base trim called Luxury, on which higher-end models like Premium Luxury, Platinum Sport and V-Sport build in terms of equipment and appearance. More specifically:
- Premium Luxury models deliver higher levels of equipment, along with bright exterior body accents
- Platinum retains the bright body accents of the Premium Luxury trim, while adding more features and equipment
- Sport models deliver higher levels of equipment along with blacked-out or body-color accents
The specific example seen here is equipped with the naturally-aspirated 3.6L LGX V6 engine, the new GM a 10-speed transmission and AWD. It’s coated in the trademark “Cadillac white” hue that’s officially known as Crystal White Tricoat – an extra-charge color.
The front end features Cadillac’s new design philosophy that was introduced by the Cadillac Escala Concept. It features:
- Redesigned headlamps with new horizontal lighting elements joining the previously-existing vertical lighting signatures
- New grille with bright accents with a galvano surround, which is perhaps the best way to tell that this is a non-Sport model
- New lower fascia, consisting of decorative inserts below the headlamps and a trapezoidal fascia in the center
Notably, all of the aforementioned changes to the front end necessitate a new hood.
Another good way to identify a CT6 model as having the Luxury, Premium Luxury or Platinum trim level is from the side, since these models have bright window appliqué and equally bright body side trim (on the lower end of the doors). Sport models black out the upper window trim and coat the bodyside moldings in the vehicle’s body color.
The luxurious cruiser is wearing 19-inch Multi-Spoke alloy wheels with a Sterling Silver finish, which are assigned RPO code RT9 and carry over from the pre-facelift era.
This model is also equipped with illuminated door handles that light up, delivering a sexy and elegant aesthetic in low-light situations. The feature is standard on Premium Luxury and Platinum models, as well as Sport models.
Like the front, the rear of this 2019 CT6 Premium Luxury features Cadillac’s new design language, which starts with a new set of taillights. The new lights join a horizontal element to the vertical light, making for a unique and attractive lighting signature. The all-new taillights also result in a redesigned decklid and rear bumper cover.
The CHMSL, 3.6L and AWD badges, along with the quad exhaust outlets, carry over from the pre-facelift model.
Under The Hood
The 2019 CT6 Premium Luxury seen here is equipped with the naturally-aspirated 3.6L V6 LGX engine with auto stop-start mated to the GM 10-speed automatic transmission (MHS). The combo is rated at 335 horsepower and 284 pound-feet of torque.
About Cadillac CT6
The Cadillac CT6 is a full-size prestige luxury sedan. It slots above the mid-size Cadillac CTS and compact Cadillac ATS as the largest Cadillac sedan. 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 Cadillac crossover on the architecture has been rumored.
The current model was introduced for the 2016 model year and represents the first model year of the first-generation CT6. The 2017 model year saw a few minor changes, including the addition of two new exterior colors and darker finish taillamps. The 2018 CT6 introduced such features as Super Cruise, Rear Camera Mirror Washer for the Rear Camera Mirror, as well as an updated CUE infotainment system (to version 2.6).
For the 2019 model year, the CT6 receives a refresh, otherwise known as a facelift or mid-cycle enhancement (MCE, that includes revised exterior styling similar to that of the Escala concept, a new high-performance V-Sport model, the new Cadillac 4.2L Twin-Turbo V-8 engine, a new trim level structure, and improvements to in-vehicle technology. In addition, the 2019 Cadillac CT6 gets the new GM 10-speed automatic transmission on all models, while the base model gets a new base engine in the form of the all-new 2.0L Turbo LSY engine, which replaces the last-generation 2.0L Turbo LTG.
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 the SGM Jinqiao plant for global markets, including the United States.
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