NEW FOR 2016:

– All-new model.

For years, magazines and industry insiders predicted Cadillac would launch a flagship sedan to compete with the world’s foremost luxury automobiles. That car is finally here.

The all-new CT6 goes toe-to-toe with the likes of the BMW 7 Series, Audi A8, and Mercedes-Benz S-Class, and is sized appropriately. It rides on an all-new platform dubbed Omega, and uses extensive amounts of aluminum in its construction. Cadillac says that despite being 8.5 inches larger than the CTS, its curb weight is similar to the midsize sedan.

The CT6 is offered with three different engines – a turbocharged four-cylinder, a naturally-aspirated V6, and an all-new 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged V6 engine. Models powered by the 2.0T come with rear-wheel drive; both V6s come with all-wheel drive as standard. All feature GM’s latest eight-speed automatic transmission. As with its German rivals, there will be a plug-in hybrid variant, which will join the range at a later date.

A top-calibre automobile like the CT6 needs plenty of luxury doo-dads; the CT6 can certainly hold its own in this department. Front and rear-seat passengers can enjoy heated and cooled seats, quad-zone climate control, plus power recline and massage. And technophiles rejoice: the CUE infotainment system uses a 10.2-inch screen and is bolstered by a new touchpad controller, which sits right by the gear shift lever. An optional rear-view mirror uses a camera system to project a view out the back of the vehicle. And in a move of pure one-upmanship, the optional Bose sound system features 34 speakers. 34!

The standard of the world? It very well might be.

The CT6 is available in Standard Collection, Luxury Collection, Premium Luxury Collection, and Platinum Collection.

Features on the Standard Collection include 18-inch alloy wheels, capless fuel filler, acoustic laminated front window glass, LED headlights, LED tail lights, power heated mirrors with integrated turn signals, front and rear park assist, reverse camera, automatic dual-zone climate control, cruise control, premium carpeted floor mats, 8.0-inch TFT instrument cluster, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, dual rear USB power outlet, power tilt and telescoping steering column, leather-wrapped steering wheel, garage door opener, 14-way power adjustable front seats with two-way power adjustable lumbar support, heated front seats, driver memory, fixed rear seatback with armrest, leather upholstery, eight-speaker Bose premium audio system, 10.2-inch CUE infotainment system with 3 USB ports, voice recognition, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, OnStar with 4G LTE and WiFi hotspot capabilities, satellite radio, and wireless charging.

Luxury Collection adds hands-free trunk release, front cornering lamps, illuminated door handles, power folding exterior mirrors with auto-dimming function, automatic park assist, 360-degree parking camera, 110-volt rear power outlet, heated steering wheel, side roller blinds, 16-way power adjustable front seats with four-way power lumbar support, front passenger memory, 10-speaker Bose surround sound system, automatic vehicle hold braking, vehicle inclination sensor, vehicle interior movement sensor, forward collision alert, embedded navigation, following distance indicator, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, front pedestrian detection, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic safety belt tightening, blind-spot monitoring, automatic high beams, and emergency autonomous braking.

Premium Luxury Collection adds standard all-wheel drive, V6 engine, 19-inch alloy wheels, panoramic sunroof, 12-inch TFT instrument cluster, head-up display, and rear camera rearview mirror.

Platinum Collection adds 20-inch alloy wheels, magnetic dampers, active rear steering, quad-zone climate control with ionizing air cleaner, full-range radar cruise control, night vision, front and rear automatic braking, illuminated trunk sill plate, carpeted trunk mat, 20-way adjustable front seats, heated rear seats, ventilated front seats, 40/20/40 split rear seats with eight-way power articulation, semi-aniline leather upholstery, 34-speaker Bose Panaray sound system with engine sound enhancement, dual rear-seat entertainment display system with wireless headphones and remote.

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