U Spy 2019 Cadillac CT6 With Escala Concept-Inspired Refresh

Cadillac continues the development of the facelifted 2019 CT6 in Colorado, where our reader Brett Borgard spotted them unloading a camouflaged prototype out of a truck.

The car is still covered in camo tape and the only thing that sticks out is the new front fascia which takes inspiration from the Cadillac Escala concept. We’ll remind you that the Escala was based on the CT6 sporting a four-dour coupe-style body with a liftback and a 500-horsepower 4.2L twin-turbo V8.

Expect to see the new 2019 CT6 sporting a similar front grille and sleeker-looking headlights, features that will eventually pass on to every future Cadillac model – redesigned or new.

The company is already offering the current CT6 with its Super Cruise semi-autonomous system and the updated model is expected to add more premium features into the mix, including high-tech systems and more luxury in general.

There are some rumors talking about Cadillac finally offering a pair of high-performance variants, in the form of a CT6 V-Sport and a range-topping CT6-V. If that’s the case, then expect to see an upgraded twin-turbo V6 hiding under the bonnet or even an upgraded twin-turbo V8 engine, as seen on the Escala Concept. The plug-in hybrid version will also stay.

Expect to see the car for the first time in production form within the next 12-18 months. 

Thanks to Brett for the shots!


  • A Now Nonexistent US Brand

    Is Cadillac still in business other than in China?

    • Blackwater


    • Raymond Ramirez

      I see that you are “non-existent” so your question is “non-existent”, too. Cadillac is almost as old as Canada, and will be in business many years after you and your posts are “erased”..

      • TheBelltower

        The brand may be old, but in name only. In its current form, Cadillac has only existed since 2009 after GM went bankrupt and reorganized as a new company.

  • aaron

    love all those ranger rover test cars in the back. badass!

  • aaron

    love all the range rover test cars in the back! looks badass!

  • AstonMartin

    Here’s a novel idea, how about Cadillac/GM just make the Escala, that’s what everyone wants right now.

    • Mike, TheAnimated

      Because since it was only a concept, they probably went balls to the wall on the spending for its development. Concepts aren’t cheap. If they produced it, I could almost garuantee that they would have to sell it at a price that people sadly wouldn’t want to pay for a cadillac, just to break even.

  • Bill Nguyen

    It’s too bad they aren’t making the Escala itself. That was one of my favourite concepts of the last few years.

  • WTF

    Cadillac never produces any of the beautiful concepts it creates it just takes their styling cues and applies it on boring oddly proportioned cars. All of Cadillacs full size sedan concepts over teh past few years have been absolutely gorgeous….the production cars theyre based on not so much………

  • :/ Yurr

    Well hurry!…your not getting many sales?

  • Hot Twink

    CT6… such an unfortunate name for a car. CT6 is an I.R.S. form….

    • SteersUright

      Cadillac marketing is abysmal, from crap naming conventions to their design-by-committee approach to making exciting vehicles. They’ve nailed dynamics but their engines suck. Why not use GM’s glorious V8’s? Thats what everyone wants in their Cadillacs, powerful and characterful engines. Also their cars are absolutely dull to look at and even worse on the inside, looking like luxurious Chevy’s rather then true competitors to any Audi, BMW, or Mercedes.

      • TheBelltower

        Cadillac and Lincoln attempted to do what the German brands did… to create a global nomenclature for their cars. But a CT6 or a MKZ make no sense to anyone. A “3 series” or an “S Class” represents the tier. Any additional digits, like a “340” versus a “325” is almost meaningless. It’s still a “3 series.” The hodgepodge of names that Lincoln and Cadillac use are meaningless and inconsistent. And for most people, the names reference cars that aren’t worth the bother to learn about.

        • SteersUright

          Believe that is about as well written and accurate as possible.

    • Blackwater

      Or the part number for the muffler bearing on a 72 Pinto.


  • Robert

    How long have they been working on this refresh now?… And more importantly, if Cadillac doesn’t redesign that sub-par interior during this refresh they can consider themselves dead on arrival and a lost opportunity gaining new interest in this vehicle.

  • ediotsavant

    Whoever came up with “CT” should been fired. “CT” sounds like City, not exactly an uplevel name.

    • Eythan Aldrich

      you think cadillac is the only one to use that? you’re wrong…..tell that to lexus first

      • ediotsavant

        The Lexus CT is history in North America. Lexus learnt their lesson.

        • Eythan Aldrich

          but still sold globally but not for long

  • SteersUright

    Cadillac has needed a sexy new stunning vehicle for decades so lets hope this comes close, though those horrid wheels are no help.

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