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Cadillac CT6 Slated To Get 4.2 Liter Twin-Turbocharged V8?

Cadillac’s CT6 currently boasts a V6 and four cylinder only lineup, but if a new report is to be believed, the car could soon receive an eight cylinder alternative to further help its goal of achieving sales supremacy over the Germans.

The V8 in question has a displacement of roughly 4.2 liters, but a pair of turbochargers help the engine deliver potent performance numbers with initial estimates pegging the engine at 500 horsepower. The engine is expected to be hooked up to GM’s familiar eight speed automatic transmission, but it is unknown whether the engine would be offered with all-wheel drive, or arrive as a rear-wheel drive only setup much like the Jaguar XJ V8 and its RWD only configuration. There could be a chance that both options will be available, though we suspect that we will have to wait until the engine is officially confirmed before we find out the definitive answer to that question.

Curiously, the engine appears to be an all unique design, and does not share any components with the 6.2 liter supercharged V8 that sees duty in the Cadillac CTS-V and the Chevrolet Corvette Z06. This would allow it to follow Cadillac’s push to be more independent from GM, and serve as an enticing piece of tech to lure new buyers looking for an extra helping of exclusivity.

The folks at Car & Driver claim that the new engine will make its debut very soon and appear under the hood of the range topping CT6 Platinum before eventually branching out to other models including the upcoming flagship model. The publication is quick to point out that while there is a good chance that the engine will eventually be shared with other GM brands, the odds of an all out track oriented CT6 V-Series with a tweaked version of this engine will not happen.

The engine (when its unveiled) will join the CT6’s other engine offerings in the model family, and serve as a vital cog in the CT6’s mission of providing a budget friendly alternative to established rivals such as the Mercedes S-Class, BMW 7-Series, and the Lexus LS.

Buick Avenir Concept Not Being Produced, Strength Of Cadillac Possible Cause

When Buick first unveiled the Avenir sedan concept at the 2015 North American International Auto Show, it’s slick styling and elegant appointments previewed the idea of a full size Buick flagship sedan. However if recent comments are proven to be true, it will not be produced with Cadillac and it’s growing sales strength serving as a key reason.

In a recent interview with Automobile Magazine Buick GMC chief Duncan Aldred revealed that the Avenir will not be produced claiming that the sedan market is shrinking, and that General Motors already has “an emerging and strengthening Cadillac line.”

This latter comment has us intrigued, and would appear to indicate that GM execs saw the Avenir as a potential threat to the sales of the recently unveiled Cadillac CT6 flagship sedan. This would’ve been due to its shared platform, as well as the lower pricing ladder it would’ve had when compared to the big Caddy. Aldred wouldn’t elaborate on whether that was the sole reason, but he did say that the Avenir “would have been a viable buisness case” despite the overall slump in large sedan sales. All is not lost however, since the Avenir still has a strong legacy, and was a key influence on the 2017 Buick Lacrosse.

The same fate could be in store for the Avista coupe, though we suspect that it could still get the green light for production to allow the brand to have a true halo model versus the awkwardly styled and priced Cascada convertible. It would also help cement the brand’s newfound love for turbocharging and give younger buyers a more compelling performance choice. Aldred also revealed that while the “capabilities are there to build it” the Avista in its current form was designed solely as a concept.

While this is unfortunate news for hardcore Buick fans (myself included), Aldred said that these same fans shouldn’t give up hope, since he would also like to see Buick gain a halo model in the near future, which could perhaps be a veiled hint that something is in the works.

 

 

Cadillac Announces CT6 Pricing, First Units Ship In March

In a pricing strategy aimed at undercutting established rivals, Cadillac has revealed the pricing ladder for its CT6 flagship sedan while also revealing the first units will be shipped in March.

The base model will feature a $54,490 (including $995 in freight) and arrives with the familiar 2.0 liter turbocharged four cylinder also seen in the CTS and ATS which is good for a healthy 265 horsepower. Stepping up to the mid level CT6 allows buyers to equip their rides with a naturally aspirated 3.6 liter V6 that brings 335 horsepower and is paired with an all wheel drive system that helps the car cope with inclement weather. It also features a slight increase in price with the MSRP starting at $56,490.

The range topping variant is powered by an all new 3.0 liter twin-turbocharged V6 which brings 400 horsepower to the festivities and also comes equipped with all wheel drive. The potent engine wields an equally lofty $8,900 premium which raises the base price to $65,390.

Cadillac is hoping that this competitive pricing ladder will undercut rivals from BMW, Mercedes, and Lexus with some of their models easily surpassing the $65k mark when properly equipped. In addition Cadillac is also doubling down on the CT6’s lightweight and rigid chassis as well as performance oriented features such as rear wheel steering, and a trick magnetic suspension that should help the car keep up with them on twisty roads.

Other luxury features include a 34 speaker “Panray” Bose audio system and the world’s first digital rear view mirror that comes with a built in rear view camera screen. Cadillac claims that a plug-in hybrid version is in the works but look for more information to emerge on that particular model once the standard version has a chance to establish itself in the marketplace.

 

Cadillac Showcases 2016 CT6 Sedan, Has 7-Series, S-Class In Its Crosshairs

While it has not exactly been a close kept secret that the 2016 Cadillac CT6 Sedan would make its official debut at the 2015 New York Auto Show, the slow and gradual teasing of this significant model only served to further build up the hype and anticipation surrounding the new levels of technology and prestige that the CT6 promises to bring to Cadillac showrooms.

The exterior styling of the CT6 shares much of its inspiration with the CTS, but unlike that car, the CT6’s bigger proportions as well as its distinct sense of identity (Borrowed from the Elmiraj Concept) allow it to stand out not only from that particular model, but also 2016-Cadillac-CT6-014rivals such as the BMW 7-Series and Mercedes S-Class which both adopted a more conservative approach to their aesthetic presentations. While it will not beat the Jaguar XJ in terms of stylistic beauty, the CT6 is distinctively American and should please buyers looking for something different in their luxury purchase.

The interior of the CT6 aims to coddle occupants in world class luxury as well as an elegant atmosphere that Cadillac claims is as quiet as a bank vault. While we’ll have to wait until the CT6 arrives in dealerships to see if this comparison is indeed valid, buyers will certainly appreciate the leather trimmed seats that feature five distinct massage functions as well as the expected heated/cooled capability that has become a standard item in many 2016-Cadillac-CT6-016luxury flagships. Other luxury touches include reclining rear seats, a 34 speaker Bose sound system, as well as Quadzone climate control which is the first time a Cadillac model has been equipped with such a feature. Buyers that aim to turn their CT6 into a budget luxury adorned limousine will greatly appreciate the optional Articulating Rear Seat package which allows the heated and cooled rear seat to travel 3.3 inches and also incorporates armrest mounted media controls. As a neat bonus, the package can also be combined with the optional rear seat entertainment system to make the backseat an enviable piece of real estate during long journeys.

As expected from a flagship model, the CT6 also comes equipped with extensive amounts of electronic features and driving assist systems that aim to add convenience and elegance to the CT6 driving experience. A piece of technology that stands out to us is the innovative fully digital rear-view mirror which is the first time such a unit has been equipped to a 2016-Cadillac-CT6-020production car. Created to help improve rearward visibility, Cadillac’s mirror technology uses a special high definition camera that is integrated into the rear bumper which transmits the images it captures to a 1280 by 40 TFT-LCD display mounted in the mirror housing. Cadillac claims that special hydrophobic coating helps keep the camera clean at all times but it will face a formidable test in Michigan’s wild winter weather where salt and snowy grime may prove to be too much for it to handle. Drivers can also revert the mirror to a traditional electrochromatic mirror by flipping a small switch on the bottom of the mirror.

In addition to serving as a four wheeled resort, the CT6 was also designed to deliver an impressive amount of performance. This is thanks in part to its all new Omega architecture which will eventually make its way into Buick’s upcoming flagship sedan as well as a full-sized crossover. The lightweight materials in the platform as well as the use of aluminum body panels (a trick borrowed from the Jaguar XJ) allows the CT6 to weigh in at a featherweight 3,700 lbs. This is an impressive figure especially when compared to rivals such as the Audi A8 which weighs in at 4,300 lbs with the Mercedes S-Class and BMW 7-Series not far behind.

The other half of this potent performance combination is found under the hood where buyers can choose from a trio of engines that aim to give buyers a unique driving experience. Base models will arrive with the company’s familiar 2.0 liter turbocharged four cylinder which is good for 265 horsepower and promises to make the CT6 equally frugal atThe all-new 3.0L Twin Turbo for the 2016 Cadillac CT6 is the onl the pump. Buyers looking for a bit more muscle can equip their CT6 purchase with another familiar engine the naturally aspirated 3.6 liter V6 which is good for a solid 335 horsepower or opt for the range topping CT6 and its all new 3.0 liter twin turbocharged V6 which is good for a balanced 400 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque.

All three engines channel their power through an eight speed Hydra-Matic automatic transmission that promises silky smooth shifts and balanced fuel economy and performance capabilities. Four cylinder equipped CT6’s will be only available in rear wheel drive, while uplevel six cylinder variants flip the script and will only feature all-wheel drive. Look for the V6 model to be popular in northern states where snow and ice make AWD systems a must have item for challenging winter conditions. Regardless of which engine is selected, all models will feature a four-wheel steering system that helps reduce the car’s turning radius to 37 feet, while also sharpening the car’s high speed handling behavior on the freeway.

After it completes its tour on the Auto Show circuit, the CT6 will be produced in GM’s Hamtramck Michigan assembly plant with the first units arriving in showrooms before the end of the year. Chinese spec versions will not be built in the U.S. but instead be produced in a new local factory facility which is expected to go online in 2016.

Cadillac Unveils All New V6 Engine Family, Brings 400 Horsepower and New Technology To CT6 Flagship

With the debut of the all new CT6 flagship sedan fast approaching, General Motors has revealed the full details on the all new family of V6 engines that will go toe to toe with offerings from rivals such as the BMW 7 Series and the Audi A8.

The flagship will be available with a pair of V6 engines (an interesting choice when one considers that other rivals also feature a V8 option) with the performance crown being convincingly worn by the twin turbocharged variant which is good for a balanced 400 horsepower, and an equally healthy 400 lb-ft of torque. The company claims that the engine is one of the most power dense engines it has ever built with the mill capable of producing an impressive 133 horsepower per liter. For those that are crunching the numbers, that figure is 27 percent higher than the 740Li’s 3.0 liter twin turbocharged inline six, as well as the supercharged V6 that sees duty in the Audi A7 and A8 models an impressive feat. Fans of the high performance ATS-V will be pleased to hear that the engine will make use of that model’s turbo system which includes the trick titanium-aluminide turbine wheels as well as other tweaks that help it achieve maximum torque.

“Torque is the pulling power of an engine and the new 3.0 liter twin turbo delivers it with confidence inspiring smoothness, and progression,” stated assistant chief engineer Richard BartletThe all-new 3.0L Twin Turbo for the 2016 Cadillac CT6 is the onlt. “In fact, the potency of the torque across the rpm band is matched only by the satisfaction of the horsepower created as those revs climb quickly to 6,500 rpm. We will have to wait until we formally drive the car to see if it can indeed achieve the level of satisfaction that Bartlett is advertising, but in the meantime consider us interested at the prospect. Buyers that do not need that much oomph in their luxury experience can also choose to equip their CT6 purchase with a naturally aspirated 3.6 liter V6 which is good for a slightly lower 335 horsepower and 284 lb-ft of torque though it does share the up-level engines basic architecture and design which makes up for the slight deficit in performance somewhat.

Regardless of which engine is selected, both power-plants will come equipped with a stiffer aluminium block as well as polymer coated pistons that aim to reduce friction which improves efficiency and performance. Meanwhile an all new “targeted cooling system”  focuses on the hottest areas of the engine and cools them down which results in a faster warm up upon start up ( a gimmick feature IMO but it does serve as a good example of how far technology has come along.) Look for the Cadillac CT6 to make its official debut in less than two weeks at the 2015 New York Auto Show, in the meantime stay tuned to Autoinfoquest for the latest developments on the 2016 Cadillac CT6 as they become available.

 

Cadillac Previews CT6 Flagship Sedan In Oscars Ad

Following a similar move by Nissan that took place during the Super Bowl when the Japanese firm previewed their next generation Maxima sedan, Cadillac unveiled their own take on this tactic by previewing the upcoming CT6 flagship sedan in a new ad that aired during the glamour filled Oscars Awards Show.

Designed to be a bold offering that targets full size luxury flagship rivals such as the BMW 7 Series and the iconic Mercedes S-Class, the CT6 will debut a new full size vehicle platform known as the Omega platform which could also make an appearance in a possible Buick flagship sedan, and an equally luxurious large crossover. The ad all but confirms that the CT6 will be a tasteful mixture of cues from the critically acclaimed Elmiraj concept car as well as traits from current offerings such as the CTS and ATS which should please well heeled luxury flagship buyers.

Details regarding its performance hardware are currently unknown, but the opulent sedan is expected to featured a 3.0 liter twin turbocharged V6 with a higher spec V6 and V8 possibly powering higher spec variants. Like its German competition, rear wheel drive will be the standard configuration, but buyers can opt to add 4 Matic fighting all-wheel drive to their purchase to help the big car deal with snowy conditions. The interior will most likely retain the same basic theme that first debuted in the current generation CTS but befitting a sedan of its elite caliber, will most likely be reworked to offer bigger amounts of room for occupants while still offering plenty of amenities and electronic gadgetry.

When the CT6 does eventually make its debut at the New York Auto Show in April, the CT6 will serve as the spearhead of Cadillac’s new naming system which will eventually trickle down to all of its other models. Boasting a number at the end of their monikers, crossovers will be based on the XT prefix, while sedans like the CT6 will use the CT designation with the number on the end indicating where a particular model is in terms of size and capability. The lone exception to this new-found sense of order will be the Cadillac Escalade which escapes the renaming blitz due to the high level of sales and instant recognition that the nameplate has achieved during its time in production.

In the meantime you can watch the ad in question (know formally as The Daring: No Regrets) below, and stay tuned to Autoinfoquest for the latest developments on the Cadillac CT6 as they become available.