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Cadillac cuts unpopular and overpriced CT6 from lineup

The Cadillac CT6 is a large car that struggled to find buyers as sales in that segment slowed.

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Cadillac has confirmed that it will stop seeing the CT6 luxury large sedan. The Detroit-based luxury arm of GM sold just 7,951 CT6s in 2019, down from 9,668 in 2018 and 10,542 in 2017. There is no planned successor to the CT6.

The CT6 is currently produced at General Motors's Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant. Production will cease at the end of the month.

2020 Cadillac CT6Like the Licolnn Continental, the CT6 struggled to find an audience as it tried to walk the line between being a premium and luxury level offering.Photo courtesy of Cadillac

GM has also cut the Chevrolet Impala and Volt from their lineup. Both were produced at the same plant as the CT6.

General Motors will begin transforming the plant to become the home of the forthcoming GMC Hummer EV truck and Cruise Origin as part of a large push toward electrification.

GM expects all of their models to be electrified by 2030. Electrification doesn't mean purely electric vehicles. Hybrids are considered electrified models, including those with a mild hybrid (48-volt) system.

Cadillac has redesigned its entire sedan lineup for the 2020 model year, introducing CT4 and CT5 models that have daily driver and track-ready variants. They have already revealed a redesigned 2021 Escalade and gave the XT5 40 refinements for the 2020 model year.

GM recently moved Cadillac's offices back to Michigan following an extended stay in New York City. As part of that brand restricting, Steve Carlisle was brought on as the president of Cadillac replacing Joachim de Nychessen.

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Performance luxury SUV

The Cadillac Escalade-V starts at almost $150,000

The Escalade-V gets a $149,990 starting price

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Cadillac teased an ultra-powerful Escalade-V a while back, and now we have all the details. The 2023 SUV will feature a supercharged 6.2-liter V8, plenty of luxury, and a stout six-figure price tag.

The 2023 Escalade-V comes with a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 that makes 682 horsepower and 653 pound-feet of torque. It features a hand-built design and shares much of its underlying engineering with the CT5-V Blackwing. It's paired with a ten-speed automatic transmission and full-time active four-wheel drive.

2023 Cadillac Escalade-VUnder the hood, there's a supercharged 6.2-liter V8.Cadillac

Cadillac gives every Escalade-V air ride adaptive suspension and magnetic ride control. The driver can customize the suspension and feel using the SUV's selectable driving modes. The system can also raise or lower the ride height by to .8 inches, and the SUV comes with a launch control system that helps it get off the line with explosive speed.

Inside, the Escalade-V builds on the top trim of the standard SUV with zebra wood accents, massaging front seats, and a heated steering wheel. It's got the same amazing tech, too, with a curved OLED display that runs the length of the dash, navigation, voice commands, wireless Apple Carplay and Android Auto, an augmented reality navigation system, and a 36-speaker AKG Studio stereo. Cadillac Super Cruise is available.

2023 Cadillac Escalade-VAn extended ESV variant is also available. Cadillac

The 2023 Cadillac Escalade-V goes on sale this summer. Starting pricing lands at $149,990, and Cadillac offers an extended-wheelbase ESV version of the high-performance SUV.

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Lincoln will not make a performance variant to compete with Cadillac.

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TheLincoln Navigator and Cadillac Escalade have been duking it out at the top of luxury SUV rankings for decades, but there’s one area of the Caddy’s development that Lincoln won’t touch. In a recent interview, a company executive told Ford Authority that it has no plans to create a performance variant of the Navigator to compete with the upcoming Escalade V from Cadillac.

2022 Lincoln NavigatorThe new Navigator features several upscale touches and excellent tech. Lincoln

That means the Navigator will stick with the powertrain it’s carried for years, which is a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine that makes 440 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. It’s paired with a smooth ten-speed automatic and either rear- or four-wheel drive. While there’s more than enough power to get the hulking Lincoln moving, it’s not a powertrain that inspires excitement or engagement, and though beefy, it’s tuned much more for comfort and quietness than drama.

Though more than adequate, those specs are a far cry from the numbers we expect from the Escalade V. The full-size bruiser from Cadillac is expected to get a supercharged 6.2-liter V8, similar to the unit seen in the CT5-V Blackwing and Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. We don’t know power numbers yet, but the engine should deliver horsepower and torque numbers in the high 600s.

Cadillac Escalade VThe Escalade V will be massively powerful. Cadillac

That Lincoln is taking a different approach isn’t surprising. The automaker has already announced its intention to go all-electric, so pouring more time and resources into creating a performance gas-powered SUV isn’t in line with its goals. Company executives have also expressed a desire to avoid imitating rivals, so the decision to leave a performance Navigator behind is not surprising.

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