Cadillac has launched its new CT6 flagship in China at the Cadillac Arena in Beijing. It offers the newest iteration of Cadillac’s design language featured on the Escala concept.
The new-generation CT6 has adopted an all-new powertrain, with innovative technologies that are being applied in China for the first time. The all-new 2.0L turbocharged engine—one of GM’s eighth-generation Ecotec engines—is based on an optimized single-cylinder architecture design and integrates highly intelligent electrically enabled technology. The result is high efficiency, low emissions and low fuel consumption to meet China’s National VI-B emissions standard.
The engine’s Tripower system adopts three-step sliding camshafts to enable shifting between three distinct operating modes—four-cylinder performance mode; four-cylinder eco mode; and two-cylinder super-eco mode—in accordance with output requirements.
Working together with advanced technology such as an active thermal management (ATM) system and a 35 Mpa (350 bar) high-pressure direct injection system, it enables the engine to enhance torque at lower speeds and produce 350 N·m of peak torque between 1,500 rpm and 4,000 rpm, as well as 177 kW of maximum power.
The new-generation CT6 comes standard with a 10-speed automatic transmission for smooth and refined power delivery, making it a pioneer in its class. The transmission integrates compact planetary gears and a lighter, thinner hydraulic torque converter. It has a lightweight and compact design plus a wide 7.39:1 overall ratio.
The application of low-viscosity fluid, fluid preheater technology and an optimized gear assembly design reduces friction and mechanical loss, significantly improving fuel economy. Combined fuel consumption of the new-generation CT6 has improved by more than 10% from the previous generation to 7.1 liters/100 km (33 mpg US).
Smart Technology. The new-generation CT6 comes with the latest Cadillac user experience (CUE) and innovative cloud-based connectivity. It supports over-the-air (OTA) updates of the OnStar module and infotainment system.
OnStar integrates 22 exclusive services in seven categories, including Automatic Crash Response, Emergency Services, Vehicle Diagnostics, Navigation Service, Security Service and Hands-Free Calling. Owners are eligible for 24 gigabytes of free long-life data traffic annually.
Original on-board 4G LTE Wi-Fi (Car-Fi) enables real-time connection between the new-generation CT6 and the outside world by sharing the latest information with users. The more accurate hybrid speech recognition function includes a new voice control function for the front-seat passenger. It responds quickly to voice commands from all of those sitting in front, such as requesting streaming music or seeking information about weather and stocks.
Cloud synchronization service connects with NetEase Cloud Music and Amap. Supported by Apple CarPlay and Baidu CarLife, users can get synchronously updated information with their smartphones connected to the car-mounted display. The Cadillac App Store is continuously enriching its products to offer a more convenient, intelligent and user-friendly connectivity experience.
Enhanced Stability and Safety. Crafted with world-class technology and 11 composite materials, the new model’s lightweight body has best-in-class torsional rigidity. It adds to the precise drivability, better stability and enhanced crashworthiness.
The new E-boost system delivers faster and more efficient brake performance. Underpinned by specifications such as Active Rear-Wheel Steering (ARS), the Brembo customized brake system and a high-strength premium suspension, the new-generation CT6 provides precise and confident handling not to mention stable driving when speeding up to pass, making abrupt turns or tackling winding roads.
The Enhanced Security Strategy (ESS) II incorporates forward/rear-end collision warning systems and the preventive braking system, Lane Keep Assist (LKA), the panoramic radar surveillance system/lane change assist, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), and the APA 360-degree full-mode intelligent automatic parking system. A set of intelligent vision assistance systems are also available, including a second-generation HD streaming rearview mirror, an intelligent infrared night vision system, 360-degree parking monitoring safety protection and an ingenious security recorder.
Cadillac has been growing its presence across China in recent years, with retail sales exceeding 100,000 units in 2016 and 170,000 units in 2017. This year, Cadillac expects deliveries to reach a record of 200,000 units, backed by new and updated models including the new-generation CT6 and new XT4 compact luxury SUV.