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by Jonathan M. Gitlin - Apr 6, 2015 12:35pm CDT



GM was on a roll at the New York International Auto Show last week, debuting not one but three new cars.



In addition to new Chevrolet Malibus and Sparks, the company also unveiled the Cadillac CT6, a range-topping sedan packed with interesting innovations.



After seeing it up close, we think the CT6 may well be the company’s most convincing home-grown rival to the mighty German super-sedans like Audi’s A8, BMW’s 7-Series, and Mercedes-Benz’s S-Class.



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The CT6’s styling carries on Cadillac’s 'Art and Science' design philosophy. It’s a large, imposing car, and it photographs better in dark colors despite being more handsome in white to in-person onlookers.



The interior (which Cadillac says has class-leading space in the rear) is pleasant enough on first glance, although we’ll reserve any real judgements until getting some proper seat time with a CT6 on the road.



The car goes into production at the end of this year with no word on pricing yet, although we expect it to undercut its German rivals (so, between $60,000 and $90,000). When it does finally hit the streets, we’ll be curious to see if Detroit has what it takes to compete in this end of the market.



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The active steering rear is interesting to me as well -- especially if it really means this long wheelbase car drives like a much smaller sedan.

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