APR 02nd 2015

Big New Cadillac in New York, Can The CT6 Challenge Europe's Best?

2016 Cadillac CT6

Cadillac’s had a pretty tough time of it lately, but the new CT6, unveiled at the New York Auto Show, is aiming to reverse the ever-swelling ranks of European luxury car buyers in the USA. Cadillac’s full-sized luxury saloon promises some class-leading rear seat space, its structure largely made up of aluminium (or aluminum as the Americans prefer to call it) in a bid to keep weight sensible. Cadillac sees it as ‘luxury redefined’ suggesting it’s got the footprint of a BMW 7 Series, but the agility of a 5…

2016 Cadillac CT6

That’s a bold claim, Cadillac give the CT6 a fighting chance with Active Rear Steer, Magnetic Ride Control, Active all-wheel drive, and eight-speed automatic and selectable drive modes. Power comes from a range of engines encompassing a 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 with 400hp, a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo and naturally aspirated 3.6-litre V6. Cadillac is also boasting greater economy too, which, in an American market where oil’s cheap again, isn’t quite as pressing as it has been. Still, when the price of crude rockets again and the CT6 offers buyers the efficiency and economy of the category below, Cadillac’s promise of a good economy will help it.

2016 Cadillac CT6

In its home marketplace that is, Cadillac’s repeated failure to make any impact on the UK market is unlikely to change with the CT6’s introduction. However the big, bold saloon will at least give US buyers a home-market alternative that on paper looks to give the established European competition a bit of a shock, not just on space and equipment, but technological advancement, too.    

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