Cadillac unveiled its all-new flagship sedan, the 2016 CT6, Tuesday at the New York International Auto Show. In a press release, Cadillac notes that the CT6 is one of eight new vehicles the brand will launch by the end of the decade.
According to Cadillac, the all-new CT6 is comparable in size to the short-wheelbase BMW 7-Series but lighter than the 5-Series, which competes more directly with the recently redesigned Cadillac CTS. The CT6 comes standard with rear-wheel drive and a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 265 horsepower. There are two optional V6 engines: a 3.6-liter V6 that makes 335 horsepower and a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that produces 400 horsepower. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard with all engines, and V6 models come standard with all-wheel drive.
The CT6's styling is well received by critics thus far. Kicking Tires says, "the CT6 is an understated yet attractive extension of the themes seen on the rest of the Cadillac model range." They add that the CT6's cabin "is swathed in top quality leather, wood, metal and carbon fiber."
Although Cadillac hasn't specified which features are standard or optional, the 2016 CT6 gets a 10.2-inch touch screen through which you can control the CUE infotainment system, as well as OnStar 4G LTE with an integrated Wi-Fi hot spot, wireless phone charging, a rearview camera with its display integrated into the rearview mirror, night vision (which detects people or large animals by their heat signatures and identifies them to the driver), pedestrian detection with automatic braking and a 360-degree camera system. Other features include power-adjustable and massaging rear seats and a 34-speaker Bose audio system.
Road and Track writes that the CT6 is a very important car for Cadillac and thinks it has a good chance of being successful, writing "based on what we know so far, there's reason to set high expectations."
No pricing for the 2016 CT6 has been announced, but Cadillac says that production will start at the end of 2015.