Initially hitting the scene for the 2016 model year, GM discontinued the full-size Cadillac CT6 luxury sedan in North America following the end of the 2020 model year. Despite its departure from America, GM continued to sell the Cadillac CT6 in China, even launching a second generation for the 2024 model year. In our opinion, the new Cadillac CT6 should be sold stateside as well.
First things first – GM should continue to build the second-gen Cadillac CT6 in China and import it for sale in the U.S. General Motors is already doing exactly that with the new Buick Envision crossover, which is a higher-volume vehicle with lower profit margins. By contrast, the Cadillac CT6 would lend itself more naturally to importation, as it’s a low-volume, but high-margin vehicle.
At present, the second-generation Cadillac CT6 is available with a singular engine choice, specifically the turbocharged 2.0L I4 LSY gasoline engine, rated at 233 horsepower and mated to the GM 10-speed automatic transmission. Some might criticize 2.0L I4 LSY as being underpowered for the application, but those critics would be forgetting that the CT6’s main rivals (BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Audi A6) all offer a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder, which indicates that buyers would likely not share the same concerns.
Of course, GM could also fit this hypothetical U.S.-spec second-gen Cadillac CT6 with the twin-turbocharged 3.0L V6 LGY gasoline engine, the same powerplant that motivates the Cadillac CT5-V, which produces 360 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque. Either way, both engines would require GM to certify the next-gen Cadillac CT6 for emissions compliance.
Then there’s the issue of price. At present, GM offers four trim levels for the Cadillac CT6 in China, with pricing ranging between 359,700 yuan and 469,700 yuan, or roughly $50,000 to $65,000 at current exchange rates. Sounds about right, no?
But what about interest? Well, according to a recent GM Authority poll, a whopping 94 percent of GM Authority poll-takers think GM should sell the all-new Cadillac CT6 in America (roughly 1,300 votes total). Back in 2018, in another GM Authority poll, 43 percent of poll-takers expressed interest in buying a new Cadillac CT6 imported from China.