The Cadillac CT6 is arguably one of the best cars General Motors has ever produced, so it was understandably upsetting for many car enthusiasts when the automaker elected to kill the car off at the beginning of the year. It’s hard to blame GM for deciding to bail on the full-size luxury sedan, though. Not only are many consumers flocking from four-doors to larger crossovers and SUVs, Cadillac is also pivoting to electric vehicles and working diligently on its upcoming new Lyriq and Celestiq EVs.
Fret not, GM fans, as the Cadillac CT6 has now returned as a pickup truck! That’s right, The General has made the very unexpected decision to put the CT6 back into production at its Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant in Metro Detroit as a pickup truck/ute/coupe hybrid. Sales will begin this fall, with prices expected to be announced at a later date.
In a statement, Cadillac president Beve Carlisle said the new Cadillac CT6 Ute solves the one glaring problem with the luxury sedan: it wasn’t a pickup truck!
“The pickup truck is America’s most popular vehicle bodystyle, so when our product team put forth the idea to put it back into production as a pickup truck, it was a no-brainer,” Carlisle said. “The CT6 Ute retains all the best parts of the sedan, like the Omega rear-wheel-drive platform and tech-laden interior, but with that extra bit of practicality that so many Americans crave.”
The Cadillac CT6 Ute is also a two-door, so those Cadillac enthusiasts who have been clamoring for a new coupe from the American luxury brand are also seeing their wish come true here.
Under the hood of the Cadillac CT6 Ute is Cadillac’s twin-turbocharged 4.2L Blackwing V8 engine. The automaker says it experimented with using its twin-turbocharged 3.0L LGY V6 engine, but found the more powerful Blackwing V8 was better suited to towing and hauling. The engine is paired with GM’s 10-speed automatic transmission in the ute.
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