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This is the China-made Cadillac CT6

Published on January 14, 2016 by Joey Wang

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This is the new China-made Cadillac CT6 sedan, ready for its launch on the Chinese car market on January 27. Price will start around 500.000 yuan and end around 700.000 yuan ($78.000 – 110.000), pitching the CT6 perfectly against the high-end variants of the China-made Audi A6L, BMW 5-Series L, and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class L.

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The Cadillac CT6 is manufactured in China by the long running Shanghai-GM joint venture. The CT6 stands on the new GM ‘Omega’ platform that will also underpin a future big-barge Buick that will be manufactured in China exclusively for the Chinese market.

There will be two variants available:

The CT6 40T; powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.0 V6 with an output of 405hp and 543nm. Transmission is an eight-speed automatic, sending power to all four wheels.

The CT6 28T; powered by a turbocharged 2.0 four with an output of 275hp and 400nm. Transmission is an eight-speed automatic, sending power to the rear wheels.

A hybrid version based around the 2.0 turbo will be added to the line-up later, likely late this year.

Size: 5179/1879/1500, and wheelbase is 3109. This positions the CT6 exactly between the Audi A6L and Audi A8L, BMW 5Li and 7Li, and Mercedes E-Class L and S-L. A comparison with BMW:

BMW 5Li: 5055/1860/1491, and wheelbase is 3108.
BMW 7Li: 5250/1902/1498, and wheelbase is 3210.

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A very classy interior with loads of beige leather and rose-colored wood. Steering wheel with wood inlay and a large Cadillac logo. The CT6 is equipped with a 34-speaker Bose Panary sound system, with the mean speaker located on top of the dash above the center console.

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The LCD screen for the infotainment system is 10.2 inch in diameter. It is connected with the outside world with permanent 4G internet. Apple CarPlay is standard.

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Oddly, it isn’t all touch. The volume is the fancy speakers is controlled with an old fashioned button right under the screen.

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Dials are part digital part analogue. And it can do this:

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Showing the settings for the suspension, here in sport, with a trendy graphic showing a chassis with a checkered flag.

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The luxurious cabin comes with a rear-seat entertainment system, a full size central armrest, a separate sunroof, and a Chinese man wearing camouflage trousers.

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The front is remarkable with the ‘crying eye’ headlights, a heavily chromed grille, a giant Cadillac logo, and tiny tiny LED lights in the bumper.

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The 3.0 twin-turbo V6. Bit messy under the bonnet, with a only partially covered engine bay and loads of hoses and wires going everywhere. Should have been better.

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The rear does not excite, but the lights are nice.

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