Cadillac to Discontinue CT6 after 2019, Twin Turbo V8 Still Coming
The Cadillac CT6 is a remarkable luxury car. After an era of big Cadillac sedans that weren’t much fun to drive – often due to front-wheel-drive – GM’s luxury brand rolled out the CT6 for the 2016 model year. The company rolled everything that they learned from the rear-drive CTS program into one bigger luxury sedan and the results are impressive.
The CT6 has an opulent exterior, a state-of-the-art luxury interior and driving dynamics that blow away any big Caddy sedan that we have seen in years. The CT6 is a proper competitor to the likes of the Lexus LS and the BMW 7 Series with a 3.0-liter twin turbo V6 that delivers 404 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque, along with an advanced all-wheel-drive system and a high tech suspension setup. As a result, this big luxury car offers great driving dynamics, rivaling some of the best large luxury sedans in the world.
After years of the CTS being so good only to have the larger Cadillac sedan fall short, GM’s luxury arm finally has a proper, rear-drive luxury sedan that looks great inside and out along with offering excellent daily driver performance.
Best of all, we learned earlier this year that there is a CT6-V on the way. It will be powered by a new twin turbocharged V8 with 550 horsepower and 627 lb-ft of torque. Yes, it falls short on power compared to the CTS-V and other super-premium luxury-sport sedans, but that boosted V8 will most certainly satisfy those buyers who want big power.
Unfortunately, we don’t know exactly when the Cadillac CT6-V will arrive, but we do know that the entire CT6 will be discontinued after 2019. As expected, when production of the CT6 ends at the Detroit Hamtramck plant sometime next year, it seems that production will not start back up.
A Crazy Move
On paper, some people might understand why the CT6 is being killed off. Through the end of the third quarter, Cadillac had sold just 7,270 examples of the big luxury sedan, making it the worst-selling car in their lineup. However, when you look at the fact that the popular CTS has moved just 8,777 during those same nine months, the numbers don’t look all that bad.
Sure, the brand would like to sell more, but the CT6 is a range-topping luxury sedan and across pretty much every luxury brand, their most expensive models are the slowest sellers. With that in mind, it makes less sense to kill the car off due to low sales, but keep in mind that Cadillac has formed the entire future of their brand around the CT6.
The CT6 was the first of the cars to display the brand’s new naming system. As the largest car, the CT6 would be followed by the replacement for the CTS – presumed to be called the CT5 – and the ATS would be the CT4. Cadillac SUVs were the first to follow suit with the arrival of the XT5 and then the XT4, but we have to wonder if this plan will continue with the demise of the CT6.
In any case, General Motors and Cadillac built the CT6 as a flagship that would lead the way for the brand in the coming years and now, after just four model years, it is being killed off. It kind of makes you wonder where the Cadillac brand is headed and more so, it makes many people wonder if the executives know where the brand is headed.