US: Cadillac deliveries of CT6 flagship starting March 2016

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Cadillac has decided its all new CT6 sedan flagship will reach US showrooms next March at an asking price of $53,495. The luxury arm of General Motors, the largest US automaker and the third biggest in the world, has not been doing great in its home market – dominated today by the German automakers BMW and Mercedes-Benz as well as Japan’s Lexus – even as it makes huge progress in other regions such as China. The brand believes its position at home could be strengthened by the introduction of the all new CT6 which has been developed on an entirely new platform. The model debuted earlier this year at the New York Auto Show, and GM ahs decided its Cadillac flagship would come out the production line starting January 2016 from its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant – orders will be placed two months later and customers will have to choose initially between three different engine options: 2.0-liter turbo with 265 bhp starting at $53,495; 3.6-liter V6 with AWD and 335 bhp from $55,495 and a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 with AWD that churns out 400 bhp and can be had for at least $64,395. Cadillac aims to also introduce a plug-in hybrid version in the future that would deliver a combined power of 335 bhp (250 kW) and 432 lb-ft (586 Nm) of torque thanks to a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbo and a dual assembly of electric motors. Cadillac has so far said the development of the greener plug-in hybrid has not been completed so the company refrained from establishing a timeframe for the introduction of the version. Aside from the first production unit of the CT6 that has been auctioned a while ago to benefit the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute customers can go as high as having the CT6 Platinum starting at $83,465, excluding any optional features such as the 34-speaker Bose Panaray sound system the brand claims to be the “most advanced and highest-performing automotive sound system.”