A few months ago many of us were excited about Cadillac’s future model, the CT8. However, back at the start of April some said that their sources confirmed that the CT8 has been discontinued because the market is starting to move to crossovers and SUVs and a car like this would not make much sense. While we do agree with the second part of this statement, the CT8 would easily find its place on the market. Especially since even though more people are looking at crossovers, luxury cars do sell better than ever before. We still think that the car is still being developed and it may even be released as the 2019 Cadillac CT8 in the next couple of years.
2019 Cadillac CT8 Exterior
At first we thought that Cadillac was going to use the Alpha platform that can be found underneath the CTS or the CT6 but it seems that it just wouldn’t cut it for a luxury sedan. Instead Cadillac is expected to develop a specific platform for this model which is also going to used at a later date by future Chevrolet or Buick cars. This new platform would be rear wheel drive, made mostly out of aluminum and it would allow them to change the wheelbase with ease. We still believe that they are going to use the Alpha architecture as a starting point. New platform should cover for the entire running gear. Also, some parts of the suspension should be replaced in order to make the platform fitting for such a luxury model.
Many think that the CT6 is a similar car to the S Class or the 7 Series but even though it shares its dimensions with the other two, it is not as comfortable, as fast or even as luxurious as the two German sedans. On the other hand, the 2019 Cadillac CT8 should easily be able to offer the comfort, luxury and quality of the European luxury sedans without having to look as dull as them. Also, the CT8 is expected to start around $80,000 which is less than its main rivals. Unlike the CT6 though, which stops around $70,000, the CT8 should go well beyond $110,000 for its high performance and luxury models which are going to be among the most luxurious and fastest cars ever made in the US.
Interior of 2019 CT8 Cadillac
Like with most other of their flagship cars, the CT8 is very likely going to set the trend for all the future Cadillac models when it is going to be launched some time in 2018. While not much has been said about its looks or interior, the car is very likely going to share a few design traits with the Elmiraj concept car while inside the cabin it should offer a minimalistic, yet luxurious, design which is going to be using only the best materials available on the market.
Engine and Transmission
For starters, the 2019 Cadillac CT8 is expected to hit the market powered by just a single engine choice. This is not usually done with high end luxury sedans but currently GM doesn’t really have suitable engines for such a car. This means that it will very likely come equipped with their all new 4.2 liter twin-turbocharged V8, an engine which can make more than 500 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque while using as little fuel as a naturally aspirated V6 petrol engine. A hybrid is likely going to be offered at a later date while a more powerful V8 or V12 engine with a larger displacement and closer to 600 horsepower might be made available on a future V-Sport or even V model which would allow Cadillac to take head on cars like the Bentley Continental or even the Rolls Royce Ghost.