2016 Cadillac CT6 To Offer PHEV Option, Advanced Architecture

Cameron Aubernon
by Cameron Aubernon

Cadillac’s upcoming flagship is living up to its status, as the CT6 is set to have a PHEV option on the checklist when it arrives for the 2016 model year.

According to The Detroit News, General Motors product chief Mark Reuss claims the PHEV option will offer consumers an “industry-leading fuel economy upwards of 70 mpg equivalent.” The CT6 will be powered by a 3-liter twin-turbo V6 with an eight-speed auto aiding in the power delivery.

Cadillac’s flagship will also be built upon an advanced architecture composed of “high-strength steel, aluminum and steel stampings,” combined with the automaker’s patented welding tech to create a vehicle with 20 percent fewer parts. Reuss says the results help improve “safety, ride and handling,” as well as NVH. The overall product will be 8 inches longer than the current CTS, but will weigh 53 pounds less.

As far as other technology is concerned, the CT6 will have stop-start and a so-called thru-view mirror — a rear backup camera “steamed… into the front mirror,” per Reuss — allowing the driver to see more of the outside behind the car in its rearview mirror.

The flagship, set to battle the Mercedes S-Class and BMW 7 Series, will leave Hamtramck beginning in late 2015.

Cameron Aubernon
Cameron Aubernon

Seattle-based writer, blogger, and photographer for many a publication. Born in Louisville. Raised in Kansas. Where I lay my head is home.

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  • Genuineleather Genuineleather on Oct 07, 2014

    Substantial length? A V8? Who needs those things? It's not as if the most popular flagship configuration is a long-wheelbase V8. Oh wait....

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    • Bball40dtw Bball40dtw on Oct 07, 2014

      @Corey Lewis Gotta take those sales away from the MKT.

  • Lorenzo Lorenzo on Oct 07, 2014

    That picture is a reminder: Cadillac is going nowhere until they put the ducks back.

  • 05lgt 05lgt on Oct 07, 2014

    There's nothing inherently wrong or unappealing about taking this direction with a flagship car, but until Caddy finds its way back to execution of design and assembly it just can't work. I continue to hold out hope for it, but because of their LONG descent into sub standard vehicles at premium pricing they'll have to do better than the competition before I take them seriously.

  • Akear Akear on Oct 07, 2014

    At least Cadillac is trying. Lincoln is in lobotomy model.