General Motors introduced the refreshed Cadillac CT6 in the Japanese market at the end of the second quarter of this year. The latest changes to the large luxury sedan were announced more than a year ago at the 2018 New York International Auto Show, and the 2019 CT6 has now arrived in Japan with a market-exclusive configuration.
Curiously, the refreshed CT6 for Japan offers a unique appearance that doesn’t follow the recently established Cadillac “Y” trim level strategy. The Japanese-market sedan presents most of the range-topping Platinum variant’s styling cues and features, but with the exclusive black window trim of the Sport version. By the way, the Sport trim level of the North American 2020 Cadillac CT6 will be discontinued.
The powertrain selection also sets the Japanese-market CT6 apart. In that country, only the naturally aspirated 3.6-litre LGX V6 engine is offered, which develops 335 horsepower and 285 pound-feet of torque, combined with GM’s 10-speed automatic transmission and standard all-wheel drive.
In addition to all the technological features of the Platinum variant, except Super Cruise, the refreshed 2019 Cadillac CT6 sold in Japan will include a cloud navigation system called Cloud Streaming Navi. The system was developed in conjunction with leading Japanese map company Zenrin Datacom, and is compatible with the autonomous navigation DR map.
This setup provides access to cloud navigation through an antenna installed in the vehicle by a Cadillac dealership. Cloud Streaming Navi offers exclusive maps and traffic information through a 4G network and a subscription fee is required.
The 2019 Cadillac CT6 is now available in Japan since the end of the second quarter of 2019, carrying an MSRP of 10,260,000 Yen, or about $94,272 USD at current exchange rates. Like all other Cadillac models sold in Japan, the CT6 isn’t offered in right-hand-drive configuration that’s the norm in the country.