2016 Cadillac CT6 Sedan Spy Shots, Release Date and Price

The long-awaited luxury sedan, the 2016 Cadillac CT6, has finally shown itself disguised under heavily camouflaged test mule. The luxury sedan shows that the Cadillac’s ambition to bring American taste of luxury to the level of German rivals has not disappeared yet. The all-new model sedan will directly compete against the Audi A8, BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

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If the CT6 simply adopts the design themes from its smaller, muscular CTS and ATS sedans, the rest should fall in place. A longer hood, larger trunk and voluminous rear seat will give the CT6 the low-slung, long-wheelbase presence it needs in this class. Even under the camouflage in these spy photos, the rear end shows an outline not unlike a Maserati Quattroporte, its quad tailpipes suggesting a high-performance “V Series” edition already in development.

Yet even if the new car resembles its junior partners, the CT6 won’t simply be a CTS with a longer body. It will be one of the first General Motors cars, if not the first, built atop a new chassis intended for GM’s future full-size luxury cars and crossovers. This should help infuse the CT6 with its own unique driving, handling and comfort qualities, without simply adapting its character from the smaller cars.

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Exterior

Looking more closely at the details, we can see multi-part LED lighting at both the front and the rear, a multi-bar grille under the netting masking the nose, a rather long wheelbase with an apparently large rear seating area, and, while it may not yet be final, dual exhaust outlets offset to the passenger side.

As for the larger outlines, the upcoming Cadillac flagship wears a long hood, a raked windshield, and rear glass that slopes gently into a very short deck. In some ways, the proportions recall the Elmiraj coupe concept–and that’s how the spy photographers, who have seen it in person, refer to the car. Underpinning the car is likely to be a new Omega platform for large cars. This platform is thought to share much in common with the smaller Alpha design, including a rear-wheel-drive layout with optional all-wheel drive.

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Interior

The interior should boast the full complement of Cadillac style and technology. Expect the cabin to feature large swaths of leather, wood and aluminum trim, accented by customizable LED ambient lighting. A long-wheelbase CT6 isn’t likely, but the rear-seat area looks large enough to accommodate optional reclining seats with footrests. At the very least, there will be a vast expanse of rear legroom. Cadillac’s CUE infotainment interface is likely to come standard, and it can’t be improved, upgraded or overhauled soon enough for this premium luxury experience.

Powertrain

We doubt Cadillac will whip up a new powertrain just for this sedan, especially if the brand has confidence its flagship will get done sooner rather than later. Figure on the CTS Vsport’s twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V-6 making the cut as the CT6’s base engine (or even the CTS’s mid-range, naturally aspirated 3.6-liter V-6), while a version of the latest, fifth-generation GM small-block V-8 could be made the optional engine. All-wheel drive will be an option as well, ensuring sales in northern markets. Finally, look for eight-speed automatic transmissions all around.

The full-size luxury sedan segment is wildly competitive. With offerings from Audi, BMW, Jaguar, Lexus and Mercedes, there’s not a bad one in the bunch. Even the Hyundai Equus is a legitimate contender in this group. But if you’re looking for what promises to be a world-class luxury sedan from a legacy Detroit brand, the CT6 should be worth the wait.

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Release Date and Price

The 2016 Cadillac CT6 sedan will go on sale in early 2015 as expected by auto experts. As for pricing, Cadillac will offer this new luxury sedan at the cost of $75,000. That’s all we know for now, keep coming back here for future updates.

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