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Why the CT6 is Cadillac's square-peg sedan

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Mike Colias  


LOS ANGELES -- As Cadillac prepares to launch the new CT6 large sedan, it's trying something different in its long-running bid to challenge the German luxury brands.

It's being different.

With almost every new entry in recent years, Cadillac has tried to match BMW, Mercedes and Audi. The Cadillac ATS and CTS sedans were developed almost inch for inch to the dimensions of their German peers, drop for drop to the engine displacement -- and yes, nearly dollar for dollar on sticker price. Same with Cadillac's go-fast V series variants, which took dead aim at the horsepower ratings and the 0-to-60 times of the German models.

But the CT6 that hits showrooms in March is its own animal. It's a fresh approach to the big-boy luxury sedan category, one that defies categorization in terms of its size, interior space and price. As Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen told auto journalists during a media test drive here last week: "It is a car like no other."

Big talk, for sure. But he's got some numbers to back him up.

Even though its dimensions straddle the midsize and large-sedan categories, the CT6 looks every bit the part of a large luxury car.

It's got serious road presence, with a long hood and low, wide stance. Its cavernous interior rivals BMW's 7 series and Mercedes' S class in space....

A few other numbers that underscore how the CT6 is tough to pigeonhole:

• The CT6's wheelbase is nearly 6 inches longer than that of the BMW 5 series, but the Cadillac is lighter.

• A CT6 with a twin turbo, 3.0-liter V-6 is priced at $65,390, vs. $82,295 for the 7 series with the same displacement and power.

• The CT6 is just 2 inches shorter than the S class, though its twin-turbo V-6 model is 700 pounds lighter than the Mercedes S550 with its 4.7-liter V-8.

Of course, the fact that the CT6 starts with a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbo engine and no V-8 underscores the fact that it is not a range-topper out to unseat the Germans' flagship sedans.

Mercedes doesn't even bother with an S class engine smaller than a V-8. (That engine differential also explains some of the weight difference).






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