Cadillac CT6 Wil Use Mixed-Material Structure
Back in January, Cadillac revealed the new manufacturing process that would be used at the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant to build the 2016 Cadillac CT6, and now it is releasing a few more details about what its all-new flagship sedan is made of. As shown in the image provided by Cadillac, most of the CT6’s passenger compartment is made of steel, while the engine compartment, trunk, roof and rocker panels are aluminum. In total, this “aluminum intensive” structure will be composed of 64 percent aluminum.
Bonding the aluminum and high-strength steel together is what requires Cadillac’s patented manufacturing process, and it will include welding, rivets and adhesives. While more challenging, this process helps make the 2016 Cadillac CT6 lighter, quieter and more rigid. These are all elements that the CT6 will be required to possess if Cadillac plans on making any real run at the full-size luxury sedan segment.
Cadillac revealed a teaser of the 2016 Cadillac CT6 in a commercial for the Oscars last month, but the new sedan will be officially unveiled on March 31 at the New York International Auto Show ushering in a new naming convention for Cadillac as well as a new level of luxury and quality.
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Why it matters
The mix of materials that will make up the body structure of the 2016 Cadillac CT6 will help the save almost 200 pounds compared to all-steel construction. Shaving so much weight is not only necessary in order to maximize fuel economy, but it will also improve the sedan’s driving dynamics – something it will definitely need when going up against the Mercedes S-Class and Audi A8.