A few months ago, the future of the Cadillac CT6 looked bleak, as GM announced plans to idle the Detroit-Hamtramck plant where the model is built for North American markets. That news followed by a confirmation by Cadillac spokespeople that the CT6 will be discontinued in North America as a direct result of the plant’s closure. It was doom and gloom until about two months later, when newly-appointed GM president, Mark Reuss, and Cadillac president, Steve Carlisle, stated that the CT6 will actually live on, and that GM is actively working to move CT6 production to a different plant. Good news? Absolutely. But the goodness doesn’t end there – since we have new details on the next-generation Cadillac CT6, thanks to exclusive information obtained by GM Authority.
According to our sources, the second-generation Cadillac CT6 is being developed on the VSS-R platform – GM’s future, highly-modular architecture for rear-drive-based vehicles. The new architecture will replace both the current Alpha and Omega platforms as part of GM’s Vehicle Set Strategy, which aims to boost efficiencies and increase scale economies by optimizing development costs and production resources.
The future Cadillac CT6 will be one of the first models to use the VSS-R platform, which will also be capable of utilizing alternative (new energy) drivetrains.
Internally within GM, the second-gen CT6 is assigned project code “7ESL”, which disambiguates into the following:
- 7: VSS-R platform code
- E: vehicle for the E segment
- S: Sedan body style
- L: Cadillac brand
Body Style & Positioning
As inferred by the project code, the next-gen Cadillac CT6 will feature a traditional, “three-box” body style. Although this may run contrary to current market trends, which are exhibiting sustained increases in demand for crossover SUVs at the expense of traditional sedans in some regions of the world, sedans will continue to have a sizable presence – especially in the luxury space as well as in Asian and Eastern countries.
It’s also important to note that by the time the second-gen CT6 is launched, the Cadillac vehicle portfolio will have at least four utilities, while culling the excess of sedans seen in the lineup today to only the CT4 C-segment sedan, CT5 D-segment model, and CT6 E-segment entry.
A flagship passenger car above the CT6 is rumored to be part of the future Cadillac product plan, but it won’t have a traditional “sedan” body style. Instead, it will have a fastback-like profile similar to the design previewed by the Cadillac Escala concept.
At of this writing, General Motors plans to produce the next-gen Cadillac CT6 in both North America and China, as is the case with the current model. While Chinese production of the model will continue at the Jinqiao Cadillac plant (also known as the Cadillac mega factory in China), it’s still unclear what plant will be tasked with building the model for North America as a result of GM’s restructuring announced late last year.
The automaker stated that starting in 2019, future products will be allocated to a smaller number of plants in order to increase the use of production capacity in the North American region. The plant where GM chooses to move production of the current model will serve as a very good indicator as to where production of the second-gen model will take place.
Rumors have indicated that the GM Lansing Grand River plant – home to the ATS, CTS, and Chevy Camaro – is the front-runner in absorbing CT6 production from Detroit-Hamtramck. The facility will also produce the upcoming CT4 and CT5 models.
The next-gen Cadillac CT6 is currently scheduled to go on sale by the end of the 2022 calendar year. That would give the current, first-generation model six years on the market (2016 , 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021).
At this point, the future Cadillac CT6 is still in early stages of planning and development, and many details about the model are missing. Be sure to stay tuned and subscribe to GM Authority as we bring you the latest Cadillac news and CT6 news.