The word is out. A new luxury sedan from General Motors’ Cadillac brand will be debuting at the New York Auto Show in April next year, according to Automotive News.
Named as the CT6, this flagship luxury sedan will take the slot above the current CTS and ATS models, and will be featuring a brand-new rear-wheel drive architecture. It is also the first vehicle from Cadillac to follow the automaker’s recently implemented simplified naming system that uses the prefix “CT” and a numerical suffix, which indicates the vehicle’s size and position in the hierarchy. In the case of this new sedan, the suffix 6 was chosen because its size and price will sit between BMW 5- and 7-series and Audi A6 and A8.
GM said in September that production of the rear-wheel drive Cadillac CT6 will start in the fourth quarter of 2015 at the assembly plant in Detroit as part of its $384 million investment in the area. The automaker also mentioned then that this new sedan will be debuting in the second half of next year, but did not provide further details as to which specific auto show it will be introduced.
The unveiling of the CT6 comes in the heels of Cadillac’s rebranding as a separate business from GM. The luxury brand’s global headquarters will then be moved to New York City. According to GM, Cadillac’s re-branding is part of a strategy to bring the brand closer to the global luxury market and its buyers, and also to give it more freedom to pursue global growth.
Once the CT6 flagship has been introduced, Cadillac will be focusing its attention on planning the replacement for the SRX and updating the CTS and ATS models, which will likely receive new names.