The Cadillac CT6 debuted at the 2015 New York International Auto Show as a 2016 model year vehicle. The sedan continued with very little changes for the 2017 and 2018 model years, but General Motors decided it would be best to update the sedan’s looks for 2019 and introduced an updated version that better aligned with the rest of the Cadillac portfolio from a design standpoint.
Pre-Facelift CT6 Model Years:
Facelifted CT6 Model Years:
The biggest difference between the 2016-2018 Cadillac CT6 and the 2019-2020 model is the front fascia and grille. Compared to the pre-facelift model, the 2019-2020 model has slimmer and more narrow headlights and a larger, more prominent front grille. The grille on the 2016-2018 model also features bright horizontal elements, whereas the 2019-2020 has a mesh-style grille. The lower grille portion on the pre-facelift model, meanwhile, is divided into three sections and swoops upward in the center, whereas the lower grille on the post-facelift version has a more uniform shape. We can’t forget the Cadillac CT6-V, either, which was introduced for the 2019 model year and features a unique V-Series mesh grille insert.
With the same roofline and sheetmetal, the vehicles are very similar when viewed from the side. The pre-facelift Cadillac CT6 came equipped with polished window trim no matter the trim level, which GM referred to as ‘Daylight Opening’, or DLO. By comparison, the post-facelift model could be equipped with polished or black window surrounds depending on the trim chosen. The black trim was only offered on the limited-run Cadillac CT6-V and the CT6 Sport, however, the latter of which was discontinued for the 2020 model year.
The pre-facelift model offered wheels ranging in size from 18-inches to 20-inches. The wheel sizes for 2019-2020 models also ranged in size from 18- to 20 -inches, while the Cadillac CT6-V offers buyers the choice between three separate 20-inch wheel designs.
Out back, the pre-facelift Cadillac CT6 features vertically mounted taillamps that flank the trunk opening on either side. The trunk itself also features a tidy, simple design with a trapezoidal cutout for the license plate. By comparison, the post-facelift model has much more going on, featuring vertical taillamps with an additional horizontal segment jetting into the trunklid. A piece of chrome trim also underlines the horizontal taillight segment, spanning the width of the trunk and connecting the lights together. The lower bumper has also been slightly re-shaped and neatly integrates the vehicle’s redesigned quad-tip exhaust.
While these changes aren’t very obvious alone, put them together and you’re left with a much more up-to-date and eye-catching design. Unfortunately, the updated Cadillac CT6 won’t be a very common sight on U.S. roads, having lasted for only two full model years. The sedan will remain on sale in China for the near future, however, where these updated looks may help attract more buyers to the full-size sedan.