The Cadillac CT6 nameplate was initially introduced for the 2016 model year, and while the first three model years saw no major changes, the 2019 model year brought a major refresh that included a number of alterations to the exterior styling. These changes helped to bring the CT6 more in line with the rest of the contemporary Cadillac stable, including the Cadillac XT6 crossover SUV. Now, we’re taking a closer look at the exterior changes implemented with the Cadillac CT6 facelift.
For reference, we’ve listed the various Cadillac CT6 model years below, dividing them into two categories – pre-facelift model years, and post-facelift model years.
Pre-Facelift Cadillac CT6 Model Years:
Post-Facelift Cadillac CT6 Model Years:
As for specifics with regard to the exterior changes, let’s start in front, where we can find the biggest visual changes between the pre- and post-facelift model years.
For example, the headlamp housings are longer and leaner in post-facelift models, and don’t come with the same divided inner lighting elements as the pre-facelift models. The pre-facelift vehicles also come with a smaller upper grille section with horizontal inserts and a curved lower fascia. Meanwhile, the post-facelift model comes with a broader upper grille and straight lower fascia. What’s more, the post-facelift model gets new intakes in the bumper corners.
Additionally, the pre-facelift model introduced the first-ever Cadillac CT6-V, which comes with a unique V-Series mesh grille, not to mention a list of performance enhancements as well.
Viewed from the profile, we find the pre-facelift Cadillac CT6 shows off with polished window trim, alternatively known as Daylight Opening, or DLO. Wheel sizing is set between 18-inches and 20 inches.
Moving over to the post-facelift Cadillac CT6, we find fewer differences than we did in front, with the same proportions, roofline, and sheetmetal. However, the window surrounds are also offered in black with the Sport and CT6-V trim levels. To note, the Cadillac CT6 Sport trim was discontinued for the 2020 model year. Once again, we find 18- to 20-inch wheel sizing, although CT6-V models introduce three unique roller designs.
Additional changes are found in back, with the taillamp housings. The pre-facelift Cadillac CT6 utilizes vertical lamps and chrome surrounds, while the post-facelift models use bracket-shaped taillamp housings. We also notice that the trunk lid is different, with a larger indent in post-facelift models, as well as a chrome trim line that connects the two taillamp housings.
The pre-facelift model also comes with a lower horizontal chrome trim line, while either dual or quad exhaust tips, as determined by the engine and model in question, integrates with the lower rear bumper. By comparison all post-facelift Cadillac CT6 models come with quad exhaust tips.
The net effect of all these changes is a substantial restyling, something which we think makes for a far more visually appealing vehicle overall.
For now, the future of the Cadillac CT6 in North America is unclear. Production at the GM Detroit-Hamtramck plant is scheduled to end later this month, but it’s possible Cadillac may import the model from China, or even move production elsewhere, such as to the GM Lansing Grand River facility.
This report was written in collaboration with our sister publication, Cadillac Society.