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This is the CT6, Cadillac's huge bet on the future

Here's Cadillac's next huge car, both literally and figuratively: the CT6, which stands for Cadillac Touring 6.

GM's luxury brand has been teasing the CT6 for quite some time, and for good reason: it's a flagship sedan, a segment that the company has been absent from since it discontinued the forgettable DTS several years ago.

It's no coincidence that crosstown rival Lincoln debuted the giant Continental concept at this very same show — Cadillac and Lincoln are both learning that luxury marques look a little lost without a big flagship in the lineup, and the red-hot Chinese market is demanding large American sedans anyway. The time is right, if you believe GM and Ford.

The CT6 will be offered with an exclusive 3-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine (like the Continental) that puts out 400 horsepower and 400 ft-lb. of torque, impressive numbers considering the displacement. There's also an enhanced version of Cue — Cadillac's infortainment system — that now includes a touchpad in the center console and the promise of faster response times. (The first-generation Cue hardware is notoriously laggy.)

What this all means is that the era of V-8s in big, American flagship luxury sedans is over — efficiency reigns supreme, and engineers are squeezing absurd amounts of reliable power out of smaller engines. It's a little surprising that they're not showing a plug-in hybrid variant here — much less a full electric — but that can't be too far off.


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