The Cadillac CT6 may be the most important new model the brand has introduced in generations, finally deciding to go head to head with flagship sedans from Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi and Lexus. Much of the publicity about the new Caddy has stressed the bi-metal structure that combines aluminum stampings and castings with high strength steel panels. The ultimate goal is to make a stiff structure that weighs less. GM is hoping that will result in a car that’s dynamically superior to the competiton.
As for the CT6’s styling, it’s a handsome car, with a long hood and short rear deck. The front end is assertive, you’ll know it’s a CT6 coming up behind you in your mirrors. Considering, though, all the attention Lincoln got at the New York show with a Continental concept that presages a change in that brand’s overall styling, and considering that when you get down to it, the CT6 is just another Art & Science Cadillac, maybe it’s time, after more than a decade, that Cadillac get a new look.
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Or maybe not. The greatest expressions of Art & Science have been the Ciel and Elmiraj show cars, as dramatic in their own rights as the new Continental is. If Cadillac is indeed planning a range topping car above the CT6, hopefully inspired by those recent high profile Cadillac concept cars, maybe there’s some life yet in Cadillac’s current styling DNA.