GM Authority has learned exclusive new details on the forthcoming, second-generation Cadillac CT6 luxury sedan.
We first reported that General Motors was working on a second-generation Cadillac CT6 way back in February of 2019, but development of the vehicle was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic, so we hadn’t heard much about the program in recent years – until now. We already knew the luxury sedan would tap GM’s VSS-R platform – a forthcoming modular architecture from the automaker that will underpin rear-wheel-drive based vehicles, but we now have more details about the vehicle’s powertrain, exterior styling and eventual launch date in China.
The second-generation Cadillac CT6 is expected to feature GM’s familiar turbocharged 2.0L LSY gasoline engine, as is the case with the all of the brand’s other models sold in the Asian country. However, it could also use a mild-hybrid powertrain closely related to the 48V system introduced on the 2021 Cadillac XT5 and XT6 crossovers in China. That setup consists of the GM turbo 2.0L LSY combined with a small electric motor and battery. The mild-hybrid portion of the powertrain has been implemented to help improve fuel economy and driving performance.
The new CT6 will also benefit from GM’s Global B / VIP electrical architecture, facilitating the implementation of the latest-generation Super Cruise in addition to Ultra Cruise and over-the-air updates.
We also have exclusive new details on the vehicle’s exterior styling. Our sources tell us the front end will be an evolution of the current Cadillac CT6’s face, integrating a more expressive design with both horizontal and vertical LED lighting elements. The sedan will also be much less boxy than the current model, taking on a more smoothed-over and svelte silhouette. This will come via a stretched-out greenhouse section, extending beyond the rear door and integrating a rearward sloping roofline similar to the Cadillac CT5’s – but larger, of course. Our source also says the roof will begin to slope over the middle of the rear door, which represents a big departure versus the current model’s more traditional roof treatment.
A lot of design work has also gone into the vehicle’s C-pillar, we hear, which will be slimmed down and not as bulky as the one on the current model. Additionally, the C-pillar will be pulled back, integrating a bigger rear vanity window. A dual exhaust treatment similar to that on the Cadillac CT4 and CT5 sedans will be implemented in the rear of the vehicle as well.
Our sources say the second-generation Cadillac CT6 will launch sometime within the next twelve months in China, with production taking place at the Cadillac Jinqiao plant in Shanghai, China. It’s currently unclear if this model will launch in North America at any point, with the CT6 having been unceremoniously and abruptly discontinued here following the 2020 model year.
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