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We Hear: 2016 Cadillac CT6 Will get Aluminum Body

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 12/23/2014 Jason Udy

While an earlier report suggested that the upcoming 2016 Cadillac CT6 flagship would use a mix of high-strength steel, aluminum, and steel stampings and castings, a new report from AUTOMOBILE suggests the flagship sedan will feature an aluminum body.


Despite being about eight inches longer than the current third-generation CTS sedan, the upcoming CT6 is said to be as much as 53 pounds lighter. The midsize CTS weighs between 3700-4100 pounds, depending on configuration, and AUTOMOBILE speculates that the CT6's aluminum body will keep it roughly within that same range. That could position it as a CLS or BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe competitor, despite Cadillac touting the model as its new flagship sedan. As we've pointed out before, calling this car the CT6 leaves room for a larger model, which would likely be aimed at the full-size German sedans like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW 7 Series, and Audi A8.

GM’s new Omega full-size rear-drive platform will underpin the new 2016 Cadillac CT6 sedan, which will be the first model to be powered by GM’s new family of engines that will include four-, six-, and eight-cylinder versions. While specific engine details haven’t been revealed, we hear a PHEV and a CT6 Vsport model are planned. Cadillac's upcoming real flagship, due by the end of the decade, would also use the Omega platform.

2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe

Additionally, the 2016 Cadillac CT6 will also introduce new technology such as the camera-based rearview mirror display that is said to increase visibility by 300 percent by eliminating blindspots. With the cameras mounted externally, the rear view is clear of in-vehicle obstructions such as passengers, headrests, pillars, and the roof.

Although GM hasn’t announced when the 2016 Cadillac CT6 will be revealed, the report suggests that it could be shown at Geneva, New York, or Frankfurt.



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