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Here Are All The Changes And Updates For The 2019 Cadillac CT6

Here Are All The Changes And Updates For The 2019 Cadillac CT6

So, the 2019 Cadillac CT6 is getting a major update that includes an exterior facelift, updates to the technology, as well as new engines and transmissions. That much we have known for the last few months when Cadillac revealed the 2019 CT6 facelift ahead of the New York Auto Show. But what we didn’t know was the complete list of changes and updates to Cadillac’s full-size sedan, until now. Having combed through the order guide for the 2019 CT6, here’s exactly what’s going to be different.

Trim Levels

First and foremost, the 2019 Cadillac CT6 receives a new trim naming convention, as follows:

  • Luxury takes over for previous CT6/base model
  • Premium Luxury takes over for Luxury
  • Platinum remain the same
  • Addition of Sport as new trim level

Exterior

On the outside, the 2019 Cadillac CT6 deletes four exterior colors while adding two news ones:

Deleted colors:

  • Dark Adriatic Blue Metallic
  • Midnight Sky Metallic
  • Deep Amethyst Metallic
  • Stone Gray Metallic

New colors:

  • Manhattan Noir Metallic (available at extra charge; no additional charge on Platinum)
  • Shadow Metallic (available at extra charge; no additional charge on Platinum)

In addition, the 2019 Cadillac CT6 very notable introduces the “Y” trim level structure, which manifests itself in two types of exterior personas, one being for Luxury, Premium and Platinum trims, and the other for the new Sport trim. The Luxury Premium and Platinum models retain bright design features, while the Sport model features:

      • Ground effects (rockers, front splitters and rear extensions)
      • Rear spoiler
      • Dark side glass window moldings
      • Body-color lower door moldings
      • 19″ specific wheels specific to Sport trim level

All models gets a new hood, decklid, front and rear fascias as well as new Cadillac signature headlamps and taillamps. Additionally, models equipped with the new 2.0L Turbo LSY engine feature dual exhaust.

Finally, two wheel choices are deleted and three wheel choices are added:

Deleted wheels:

  • 18″ aluminum wheels with Blade Silver painted finish (RT4)
  • 20″ Ultra Bright machined aluminum wheels with Manoogian Silver pockets (RQA)

New wheels:

  • 18″ Luxury standard wheel (PTW)
  • 20″ Active chassis optional wheel (RTJ)
  • 19″ Sport standard wheel (PXX)

Powertrain

On the powertrain side, the 2019 Cadillac CT6 sees the following changes:

  • Replacement of 2.0L Turbo 4-cylinder LTG engine with new 2.0L Turbo 4-cylinder LSY engine
  • Addition of 4.2L Twin-Turbo 8-cylinder LTA engine
  • Replacement of 8-speed automatic transmission with new 10-speed automatic transmission across all models and trim levels except CT6 PHEV

Interior

The updates to the 2019 Cadillac CT6 interior begin with the following two new interior color combinations:

  • Sahara Beige with Jet Black accents
  • Dark Auburn with Jet Black accents

As reported previously, the touch pad that controls the infotainment system is replaced with a console-mounted rotary infotainment controllers.

Additionally, Electronic Precision Shift (essentially a digital gear selector) is added to all 2019 Cadillac CT6 models. Meanwhile, models equipped with the Bose Panaray speak system get a metal speaker grille pattern and finish.

Finally, CT6 Premium Luxury trim gets wood deco trim, while the Sport trim gets Carbon Fiber trim.

Features

The 2019 Cadillac CT6 also gets the following five new features:

  • Hands-free decklid with Cadillac branded projection light
  • Next generation of Cadillac user experience with console-mounted rotary infotainment controller
  • Second-generation wireless charging that includes 5-watt wireless phone charging with larger charge area for better phone compatibility (update)
  • Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) and Engine Sound Enhancement (ESE) across all powertrains

Additionally, three existing features are updated to a new version:

  • HD Surround Vision and HD Rear Vision Camera change from analog to digital
  • Second-generation Rear Camera Mirror introduces a new frameless design and adds zoom and tilt adjustments
  • Addition of Rear Pedestrian Alert

Packages

The 2019 Cadillac CT6 gets the following four new packages:

  • Active Chassis Package 19″ (Y43):Features:
      • Magnetic Cide Control
      • Active Rear Steering
    •  Availability:
      • Available on 2019 CT6 with 3.6L V6 LGX engine (model 6KJ69) in Premium Luxury trim (1SD) AWD
        • Includes (Q6M) 19″ Multi-Spoke alloy wheels with Ultra Bright Machined/Pearl Nickel finish
        • Not available with (Y42) Active Chassis Package 20″
      • Available on 2019 CT6 with Twin-Turbo 3.0L LGW engine (model 6KL69) in Sport trim (1SJ) AWD
        • Includes (PXX) 19″ Multi-Spoke alloy wheels with Ultra Bright Machined/Midnight Silver finish
        • Not available with (Y42) Active Chassis Package 20″
  • Comfort and Technology Package (Y41):Features:
      • Rear Camera Mirror
      • Rear Camera Mirror Washer
      • 12″ diagonal color gauge cluster
      • Head-Up Display
      • Ventilated driver and front passenger seat cushions and seatbacks
      • Heated rear outboard seats
    • Availability:
      • Available on 2019 CT6 with Twin-Turbo 3.0L LGW engine (model 6KL69) in Sport trim (1SJ) AWD
        • Requires interior color (H2X) Jet Black or (HTX) Dark Auburn with Jet Black accents
      • Available on 2019 CT6 with 2.0L LSY engine (model 6KJ69) in Premium Luxury trim (1SC) RWD
        • Requires interior color (H2X) Jet Black, (HMQ) Sahara Beige with Jet Black accents or (HTX) Dark Auburn with Jet Black accents
      • Available on 2019 CT6 with 3.6L LGX engine (model 6KJ69) in Premium Luxury trim (1SD) AWD
        • Requires interior color (H2X) Jet Black, (HMQ) Sahara Beige with Jet Black accents or (HTX) Dark Auburn with Jet Black accents
      • Standard on 2019 CT6 with Twin-Turbo 3.0L LGW engine (model6KM69) in Platinum trim (1SN) AWD
  • Advanced Security Package (Y61):Availability: TBA
    • Features: TBA

Finally, the 2019 Cadillac CT6 sees a few package changes, as follows:

  • Active Chassis Package (F55) changes RPO Code to Y42, now called Active Chassis Package 20″:Available on 2019 CT6 with 3.6L LGX engine (model 6KJ69) in Premium Luxury trim (1SD) AWD
      • Included with (UKL) Super Cruise Package.
      • Includes (RTJ) 20″ Split Spoke alloy wheels with Ultra Bright with Manoogian finish.
      • Not available with (Y43) Active Chassis Package 19″.
    • Available on 2019 CT6 with Twin-Turbo 3.0L LGW engine (model 6KL69) in Sport trim (1SJ) AWD
      • Includes (QP1) 245/40R20 all-season tires, (RTH) 20″ V-Sport Split 5-Spoke alloy wheels with Ultra Bright with Midnight Silver finish.
    • Features:
      • Magnetic Ride Control
      • Active Rear Steering
  • Driver Awareness and Convenience Package (UEU) changes to RPO Codes Y40 and Y65:Availability:
      • Available on 2019 CT6 with 2.0L LSY engine (model 6KH69) in Luxury trim (1SA) RWD
        • Includes (Y40) Convenience Package
      • Available on 2019 CT6 with 3.6L LGX engine (model 6KH69) in Luxury trim (1SB) AWD
        • Includes (Y40) Convenience Package
      • Standard on 2019 CT6 with 2.0L LSY engine (model 6KJ69) in Premium Luxury trim (1SC) RWD
      • Standard on 2019 CT6 with 3.6L LGX engine (model 6KJ69) in Premium Luxury trim (1SD) AWD
        • Super Cruise replaces (UHX) Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning when (UKL) Super Cruise Package is ordered.
      • Standard on 2019 CT6 with Twin-Turbo 3.0L LGW engine (model6KM69) in Platinum trim (1SN) AWD
        • Super Cruise Package replaces (UHX) Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning.
        • (UGN) Forward Automatic Braking and (UVZ) Forward and Reverse Automatic Braking replace (UHY) Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking.
    • Features:
      • Safety Alert Seat
      • Following Distance Indicator
      • Forward Collision Alert
      • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
      • Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
      • Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert
      • Outside heated power-adjustable, power-folding mirrors
      • Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking
      • Front Pedestrian Braking
  • Driver Assist Package (UGN) changes to Y66, includes:Availability: TBA
    • Features: TBA
  • Rear Seat Package (UWG) changes to Y4Z:Availability:
      • Available on 2019 CT6 with 2.0L LSY engine (model 6KJ69) in Premium Luxury trim (1SC) RWD
        • Requires (Y41) Comfort and Technology Package
      • Available on 2019 CT6 with 3.6L LGX engine (model 6KJ69) in Premium Luxury trim (1SD) AWD
        • Requires (Y41) Comfort and Technology Package
      • Standard on 2019 CT6 with Twin-Turbo 3.0L LGW engine (model6KM69) in Platinum trim (1SN) AWD
    • Features:
      • Quad-zone climate control
      • Ionizing air cleaner
      • Rear seat infotainment
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Alex is the founder of Cadillac Society. He has a deep passion for automotive business strategy and enjoys driving his ATS sedan on twisty mountain roads.

20 Comments

  1. No more Blue color at all for the CT6? Damn. 🙁

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    • Sam, I agree with you.
      I wanted to order a 2019 CT6 w/Blue paint. The blue was cancelled mid year on the 2018 CT6.
      The Hamtramck plant where the CT6 is built also builds the Buick LaCrosse and Chevrolet Impala. The Chevrolet Impala for 2018 & 2019 still offers the same blue previously used for the CT6 and LaCrosse The CT6 color gurus love and offer 6 variations of silver, gray & black. The other choices are 3, a white, red or bronze. Comparable luxury manufactures are not so stingy with the paint offerings. 🙂
      How can a buyer get a CT6 with the blue paint that is used on the same production line as the Impala?

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      • Roger – I feel the pain. The color palette is definitely limited, and there is no way to apply one of the blue colors that are used on the Impala or LaCrosse. Here’s to hoping that the paint availability expands in subsequent model years.

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  2. In case of Korea,adaptive cruise control(ACC) is only applies on Platinum trim as I wanted to apply in 2.0T trim due to I planned to purchase 2.0T.
    Is there any possibility to reflect ACC on 2.0T trim or non-platinum trim in Korea?
    May be it possible in 2019 model?

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    • For the 2019 model year, the U.S.-spec 2019 CT6 can be equipped with Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) starting with the Premium Luxury trim level and the 3.6L LGX engine with AWD. Notably, getting ACC on this model automatically adds Super Cruise.

      So, it could be that the 2019 CT6 will be available with ACC and the 2.0L Turbo engine specifically for the Korean market… but we don’t know if this will be possible until Cadillac Korea releases the order guides.

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  3. Could you expect when 2019 CT6 launch in US and it ship to Korea?

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    • The US launch will be in the “fall 2018”… I suspect that the Korean launch will be before the end of the year.

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      • Obviously, CT6 2.0T launched in Korea last year(Sep, 2017) which was too late to see it. If it really ship to Korea within 2018 then I will get it.

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  4. It does not make sense how flagship sedan does not have HUD and ACC even if Premium or 2.0T trim in Korea. It shall be considered localization and it will increase market share.

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    • In the U.S., the 2019 CT6 can be optioned with the Head-Up Display (HUD) starting with the 2.0L Turbo engine in the Premium Luxury trim level.

      Specifically, HUD is included with the Comfort and Technology Package, which also adds the following features:

      -Rear Camera Mirror and Rear Camera Mirror Washer
      – 12″ diagonal color gauge cluster
      – Head-Up Display (as mentioned above)
      – Ventilated driver and front passenger seat cushions and seatbacks and
      – Heated rear outboard seats

      However, I’m not sure if the options and trim structure will be the same for the Korean market.

      On a related note, the CT6 is not Cadillac’s flagship sedan… as it clearly doesn’t cost the same as a comparably-sized vehicle from BMW, Mercedes, Audi, etc. There will be another model above the CT6 that will be the true flagship.

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  5. In the videos from 2018 NYIAS there were no controls in the rear center armrest for massage/recline functionality in the V-Sport (they were only in the non-V-Sport). Does the V-Sport have rear seat massage and recline?

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    • Well, the order guides currently don’t have any info on the CT6 V-Sport just yet… so we don’t know.

      What we currently see is the “multi-functional armrest with 8-way power articulating and ventilation with massage on outboard seating positions” feature being standard only the CT6 Platinum, and not available on any other trim level, including Premium, Premium Luxury or the new Sport.

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  6. Didn’t all V6’s have rear steering before 2019?

    They ought to offer magnetic shocks with 18″ wheels and softer springs on all engines for us old people. We still like to go fast, but lateral g’s aren’t important.

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    • Not all pre-2019 CT6 models with V6 engines were equipped with or offered active rear-wheel steering. For example, here’s how the availability of the feature stacked up for the 2018 CT6:
      – 2.0L Turbo base RWD (1SA): not available
      – 2.0L Turbo Luxury RWD (1SC): not available
      – 3.6L base AWD (1SB): not available
      – 3.6L Luxury AWD (1SD): optional, requires Active Chassis Package
      – 3.6L Premium Luxury AWD (1SF): optional, requires Super Cruise Package
      – 3.6L Platinum AWD (1SJ): standard
      – 3.0L Twin Turbo Luxury AWD (1SE): optional, requires Active Chassis Package
      – 3.0L Twin Turbo Premium Luxury AWD (1SG): optional, requires Super Cruise Package
      – 3.0L Twin Turbo Platinum AWD (1SK): standard

      So the only difference now is that the 2019 CT6 removes the feature from the Luxury trim level.

      And I guess if you wanted to, you could put 18s on after the fact… though I agree that this is far from an ideal solution. That said, the CT6 isn’t about pulling major lateral Gs. The Sport and V-Sport models might be exceptions to that but even then, the bigger wheels are about providing better looks while delivering spirited driving/handling experience, rather than pure-out performance.

      Perhaps Cadillac should explore a comfort package for the CT6… but I have a feeling that such a package won’t be introduced until the XTS is discontinued.

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      • Thanks, I must have been thinking of AWD on all V6s.

        You’d think they’d offer a comfortable ride package on all their cars, but they’re too busy chasing BMW. Plenty of older people would like a shorter car/CUV (though the ATS is too cramped inside).

        An adjustable suspension is critical for maintaining ride/handling balance on a light or short wb car with passengers & luggage, yet they save it for the larger or sportier ones.

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  7. I just ordered a 2019 CT6 Platinum. My local dealer said he had an allocation of only 1 CT6 (?) for initial production to begin in September and will use that for my order. With Platinum spec there were very few options left to check.

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    • Congrats Amro! That’s wonderful. What color did you get?

      The GM production allocation model for dealers is a tricky thing… so I definitely believe the limit.

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      • Satin Steel metallic with jet black interior

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    • Are you getting the V8?
      That would be worth waiting for, but you didn’t ask me.

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      • No, 3.0TT. I just turned in a 2015 Audi A8L with the twin turbo 4.0 V8. The car was insanely fast but the aluminum bodied A8L still weighs way more than the CT6 Platinum. So even with the 3.0TT in the CT6 I’ll have a similar power to weight ratio as the Audi. I drove a 3.6 CT6 and honestly that was even fast enough to live with.

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