Cadillac previews 2016 CT6 flagship during Oscars - Union City, TN

Cadillac has previewed its upcoming CT6 flagship in an ad that aired during the Oscars. Herman Jenkins Motors in Union City, Tennessee is your full service authorized Cadillac Dealer.

Aimed at full-size luxury cruisers like the BMW 7-Series and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the CT6 will ride on a new platform called Omega that will also underpin a large crossover and a long-rumored Buick flagship. The ad confirms that the sedan will borrow styling cues from both the well-received Elmiraj concept that was introduced two years ago at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance and recent members of the Cadillac family such as the ATS and the CTS. 

What we know so far

The sedan will be offered with a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine, a gasoline-electric plug-in hybrid drivetrain centered around an unspecified V6 and a new V8 mill. Most engines will shift through an eight-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive will come standard, and all-wheel drive will be available at an extra cost on select models.

Cadillac has previously confirmed the CT6 will weigh about 50 pounds less than the current CTS - which weighs about 3,800 pounds - thanks to the widespread use of lightweight materials. 

"We have developed an entirely new vehicle architecture for the CT6. It will employ a mixed material philosophy that combines the best and most efficient components optimized for each area of this new top-of-the-range car," explained Travis Hester, the car's executive chief engineer.

The CT6 will be the first full-production Cadillac to use a digital rear-view mirror. Designed to drastically improve rear visibility, Cadillac's digital mirror technology consists of a high-definition camera integrated into the rear bumper that feeds footage to a 1280 by 240-pixel TFT-LCD display. A hydrophobic coating ensures the camera stays clean at all times, but the driver will be able to revert back to a standard electrochromatic mirror by simply flipping a toggle switch located at the bottom of the mirror. 

Built in Hamtramck, Michigan, the Cadillac CT6 is expected to make its global debut at the New York Motor Show next April and land in showrooms before the end of the year.

What's Next?

The CT6 will usher in Cadillac's new naming system. Sedans will start with the CT designation followed by a number indicating each model's size and positioning, and crossovers will follow the same system but with the XT prefix. The Escalade will not be renamed.

Be sure to watch Herman Jenkins Motors website for any updates regarding the new Cadillac lineup of cars coming soon.

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