DETROIT -- Cadillac’s forthcoming CT6 sedan is supposed to be trailblazing for the brand. General Motors product development chief Mark Reuss says it will have “the world’s most advanced body structure.” And its name will commence a top-to-bottom redo of Cadillac’s vehicle-naming setup.
But don’t expect a radical new design direction.
GM global design boss Ed Welburn says the CT6, scheduled for a spring unveiling, will hew to the art and science theme of Cadillac’s existing lineup, which sports angular lines and laserlike vertical head lamps and taillamps.
“It’ll be different and it will certainly stand out in the portfolio,” Welburn said in an interview this month. “But you won’t see a real shift in direction.”
Welburn also doused expectations that the CT6’s design will be heavily influenced by the handsome Elmiraj large coupe concept that debuted at the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
“I think Elmiraj was more of an influence on some other things we’re working on for Cadillac,” he said.
Of course, the art and science theme has evolved since it debuted for production cars on the 2002 CTS midsize sedan. The bold edges and sharp angles have given way to more subtle lines and creases on the latest CTS and other recent entries.