By on May 20, 2019

2017 Cadillac CT6 - Image: Cadillac

Cadillac’s CT6, which remains without a home after January 2020, will shed an engine offering for the upcoming model year.

The report comes by way of AutoVerdict, which got its hands on a 2020 CT6 order guide. Initially offered with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder for the base, rear-drive model, the CT6 range spanned a plug-in hybrid model (utilizing that same 2.0-liter), a 3.6-liter V6, twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6, and, as of 2019, a 4.2-liter Blackwing V8.

For 2020, only the naturally aspirated V6 and the Blackwing remain.

Last year, Cadillac dropped the hybrid option in America, leaving Chinese customers as the sole benefactors of the green option. In April, news came that the base 2.0L was gone, and with it the CT6’s only rear-drive build configuration.

Now, the order guides state that only the 3.6L and 4.2L will carry on for 2020. Cadillac’s Romulus, Michigan-built 3.0TT, which generated 404 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque in uplevel CT6s, disappears in favor of the more potent Blackwing, though power figures remain TBD. The detuned version of the engine found in the short-lived CT6-V will be standard fare in the range-topping CT6 Platinum.

As per Cadillac’s confusing, metric-centric power badging strategy, V8 models will carry a “800T” on the trunklid, while V6 versions see a “400.” These rounded-up figures signify the vehicle’s torque figure in Newton-meters. It’s possible there’s a better way to make other drivers envious, but Cadillac can do whatever Cadillac wants.

The 3.0TT may be gone from the CT6, but the engine soldiers on in the midsize CT5 — Cadillac’s replacement for the CTS. In that model, due out for 2020, it makes 335 hp and 400 lb-ft. It’s possible the engine will see further use in the brand’s lineup, though we’ll have to wait until the May 30th debut of the CT4 compact sedan, which, like the CT5, carries a V-badged performance variant.

[Image: General Motors]

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25 Comments on “Report: Engine Options Shrink to Two for 2020 Cadillac CT6...”


  • avatar
    tomLU86

    Not a very flattering picture of GM’s flagship car (not ‘flagship’), with that rust belt backdrop.

    So, where will the 2020 be built? Or are they only going to build them for 3-4 months in Detroit, and make enough to last a year? (given the sales, that shouldn’t be too hard..)

    • 0 avatar
      rpol35

      “Not a very flattering picture of GM’s flagship car (not ‘flagship’), with that rust belt backdrop.”

      You are right. It should be sitting there on blocks with the wheels missing.

  • avatar

    The 800T should have an 8-liter V12 with turbo.

    That is all.

  • avatar
    Rocket

    i’d love to know the logic behind this very questionable decision.

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    So the 3.0TT is “too good” perhaps and they think it will reduce the V8s take rate?

    I’m trying to figure out the logic behind this given what most of the competition looks like.

    Perhaps keeping the 3.6 V6 as the “loss leader” cheap MSRP option since the XTS is dying off.

    I did see an CT6 this weekend at the gas station. The old man who got out was proudly wearing his sansabelt slacks almost pulled up to his nipples. Not the customer that Cadillac is chasing.

  • avatar
    Lorenzo

    It’s about time! The 1973 Fleetwood had only one engine, the 472 cid V8. That car sold for a base price of $45,000 adjusted for inflation, so the top engine should have been, and was, standard. Of course, since it was GM, thanks to the bean counters, power steering, power brakes, air conditioning, and the RADIO and power antenna were optional.

    • 0 avatar
      Rocket

      About time for what? That they remove one of their best engine options, but keep the corporate 3.6? A slightly detuned 3.0T would have made far more sense as a base engine if the CT6 is supposed to fill the role of flagship sedan.

    • 0 avatar
      dukeisduke

      Not on a Cadillac they weren’t. Power steering and brakes were standard (as were power windows), but a/c was still an option for ’73 (like on most cars), and the only a/c option was automatic climate control. A radio was an option, with eight different choices available. Though I imagine most dealers automatically spec’d climate control and a radio for most cars they ordered.

      http://www.oldcarbrochures.com/static/NA/Cadillac/1973_Cadillac/1973%20Cadillac%20Prestige%20Brochure/image21.html

  • avatar
    jkross22

    GM’s priority is to it’s shareholders. There appears to be no connection made between taking care of the customer or building a good product or standing behind what you make and shareholder value.

    I even like some of the GM made stuff the last 10 years or so…. The Chevy SS, the Regal GS sportback, even the CT6… but I’d have a rough time buying them because GM treats it’s customers with the same level of contempt Apple treats it’s customers.

    • 0 avatar
      CaddyDaddy

      GM’s priority is to its own management. ….. and when their done miking it, they run to Uncle Sam for a bailout.. Looks like Trump put a hold on Auto Parts Tariffs for a bit. Guess he got the word GM would have to shut their lines down if Chinese parts got a 25% tax. GM is Chinese made knockdown kits assembled in Mexico and USA. .

  • avatar
    thelaine

    To me, this is a sweet looking car that does look like a Caddy. With the V-8, it would be a really nice ride.

    Agreed that dumping the turbo V6 was a terrible mistake. It may be the perfect engine for this car and probably had the potential to be even more powerful.

    Getting rid of the 2.0 makes sense because offering that engine on this car offended God, which is more risk than GM can afford right now.

  • avatar
    R Henry

    Given the historically adversarial relationship Cadillac engines have had with reliability, I would be VERY reluctant to purchase a Blackwing equipped car.

    ….I keep remembering the V8-6-4, the HT4100, the Northstar….and thinking the folks who got the 1976 Sevilles with the Olds or Chevy V8s lucked out.

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