Johann de Nysschen, global head of Cadillac, delivered a fairly routine “rah rah” speech at the Washington Auto Show during media day. But buried within the cheerleading were some tidbits about the upcoming CT6.
The CT6 will debut March 31. That’s the day before the New York Auto Show media days on April 1 and 2. GM typically does product introductions on that day to better control the message and get the story out before the influx of coverage.
The CT6 is just one of 8 new Cadillacs that will be introduced before 2020. de Nysschen said five of these will be in entirely new segments for the company.
Also upcoming in the CT6 is super cruise semi-autonomous driving. Cadillac seems to firmly have the Mercedes S550 in its sites with that technology.
The new luxury large sedan will be a mixture of materials including aluminum, carbon fiber and steel. de Nysschen took a swing at manufacturers like Ford and Jaguar when he said the CT6 will be all-aluminum. “What was the best answer yesterday may not be the best answer today,” he said.
Cadillac will be moving towards extensive use of plug-in hybrids and battery EVs in the future, de Nysschen added. That would appear to supplement its slow-selling Cadillac ELR that he touted as his daily driver. Cadillac will also be expanding the use of cylinder deactivation in its six and four-cylinder models going forward.
When it debuts, the CT6 will be the lightest large luxury sedan. de Nysschen said it will be as light as the current CTS. He also said the CT6 will be half again as big as the CTS, which is about 195 inches. de Nyschen must have slightly misspoke on that point.
That would make it a whopping 290 inches long. This may be a large luxury sedan but none are that long.
Of course, during the same presentation he also spoke in front of a large graphic that proclaimed the CT6 will have a video “steaming” rear view mirror. Why sweat the small stuff when you’re the CEO?