In late November, General Motors announced shocking moves to continue restructuring its business that would result in several models getting cut from its lineup. The automaker’s reasoning for the move was to change the composition of its product offerings to concentrate on consumer demand for crossovers, SUVs and pickups. The Cadillac CT6 full-size luxury sedan is one of the victims of the decision, and the model will be discontinued in North America as part of this announcement.
In that same announcement, General Motors also disclosed that it would be idling the GM Detroit-Hamtramck plant in Michigan that makes the CT6, as well as the GM Lordstown Plant in Ohio and GM Oshawa Assembly in Ontario, Canada.
This means that the final Cadillac CT6 units will be produced at the Detroit-Hamtramck facility until mid-2019. In other words, the newly-facelifted 2019 CT6 sedan will only be available in America for less than a year, which doesn’t give it much time to shine at all.
The Cadillac CT6 will, however, continue to be produced at the Jinquiao plant in Shanghai, where it will live on. The Cadillac Jinqiao factory was specifically built to manufacture Cadillacs in China, for China. It is the first facility outside of North America that produces Cadillacs from scratch.
So though the end is near, there will still be time to get your hands on a 2019 Cadillac CT6 and enjoy its new 4.2L Twin-Turbo V8 engine. Dubbed Blackwing, the new V8 will be available in two versions:
- The regular-output variant for the CT6 Platinum making 500 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque, and
- The CT6-V (previously announced as the CT6 V-Sport) that will make 550 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque.
Cadillac CT6 models featuring the Blackwing motor will likely be very rare and limited in production.
And all that brings us to the question of the day: would you rather have the Cadillac CT6 discontinued in America altogether, or have the option of buying a CT6, but one that is imported from China?