The prestige sedan, reinvented – This time last year, Cadillac embarked on a journey of reinvention. With a new president, a new home, and a new rallying cry, we challenged ourselves to Dare Greatly: to push the boundaries of automotive design, and to continue our legacy of building vehicles that deliver unparalleled comfort and performance. In 2016, Cadillac is proud to deliver on that promise with the introduction of the first-ever Cadillac CT6.
The culmination of 113 years of automotive knowledge, the CT6 first appears to be a study in contradictions. It is a sedan that is powerful, but remarkably lightweight. It is a driver’s car that begs to be experienced as a passenger. And it places cutting-edge technology alongside decadent interior details. Upon closer inspection, the CT6 represents what is possible when an automaker takes a “no compromises” approach to design.
It took more than 100 international designers, over 200,000 simulations and countless sketches to design the CT6. Cadillac has a strong heritage in creating full-size premium sedans, so the designers remained true to that history while pushing the category forward. Interior designers gave a subtle nod to Cadillac’s history by wrapping the interior in leather perforated with our signature chevron pattern. The exterior incorporates Cadillac’s vertical lines, while maintaining a soft, inviting quality. And after reviewing hundreds of designs, the CT6 team finally struck the correct balance of energy and sophistication with one singular sketch.
Once the overall look was determined, the next challenge was to maintain these distinctive proportions. Designers worked within fractions of an inch on the details, the difference between which could result in a heavylooking car or an athletic-looking one. Engineers worked under similar pressures, tasked with creating engine systems that were as smart as they were powerful. The CT6’s world-class 3.0 liter V6 Twin–Turbo AWD, one of the most power-dense petrol engines available today, delivering 417 hp and 555 Nm of torque for truly effortless acceleration and sporty sound.
The CT6 is only the first of eight entirely new Cadillac vehicles to be released before the end of the decade. But the principles that inspired it will influence all future designs. Our legacy drives our future, and the CT6 represents the pinnacle of what is to come.