2017 Cadillac CT6 Plug-In Hybrid gets ready to hit the market

Article by Christian A., on November 16, 2016

American premium brand Cadillac has rejoined in the hybrid green race as it announces that it will commence sales of its first plug-in hybrid vehicle in spring 2017. This is not the first time that Cadillac has offered a plug-in hybrid luxury vehicle as the premium carmaker had the Cadillac ELR in its lineup starting 2014 model year. However, low sales of just over 2,400 units (2013 to 2015) had prompted Cadillac to shell out the ELR, which ended its production February this year.

Soon enough, Cadillac will be able to reenter the green auto market with the 2017 Cadillac CT6 Plug-In Hybrid, which can be purchased at $75,095, excluding $995 in destination charges. However, this amount could further be lowered once green incentives are applied.

Basically, the vehicle is a 2017 Cadillac CT6 but with a plug-in hybrid powertrain. According to Cadillac, the CT6 Plug-In Hybrid will be offered in the United States with equipment comparable to the current Premium Luxury model, which is next-to-top in the range. In addition, the 2017 Cadillac CT6 Plug-In Hybrid is provided with standard equipment that is offered as optional in the conventional CT6. These include Rear Seat Infotainment system, a Rear Camera mirror and Enhanced Night Vision.

As a plug-in hybrid, this CT6 is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder gasoline engine that operates hand-in-hand with a two-motor EVT system. Each electric motor provides 100 hp (74.5 kW) of output, getting their juice from an 18.4 kWh lithium-ion battery pack mounted between the rear seats and trunk.

This hybrid combination allows the CT6 Plug-In Hybrid to provide responsive, all-electric driving while optimizing fuel efficiency by providing combined power from the four-cylinder engine and battery-powered electric motors at higher speeds and higher loads.

Total system power for the 2017 CT6 Plug-In Hybrid is 335 hp (250 kW) of max output and 432 lb-ft (586 Nm) of peak torque, allowing the car to sprint from standstill to 60 mph in around 5.2 seconds. This amount of power is sent to the rear wheels through a new electric variable transmission.

Of course, the CT6 Plug-In Hybrid could be in all-electric power mode, enabling travel of up to around 30 miles (48 kilometers) and reaching a top speed of 78 mph. When the turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder gasoline engine is included in the equation for the hybrid mode, the CT6 Plug-In Hybrid could travel over 400 miles (643 km) without having to recharge or refuel. In hybrid mode, the 2017 Cadillac CT6 Plug-In Hybrid could go as fast as 150 mph on a track. With an estimated fuel economy of 65 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalence), the CT6 Plug-In Hybrid is twice as fuel efficient as its V6-powered rivals while being able to sprint as quickly as them.

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2017 Cadillac CT6 Plug-In Hybrid on sale in spring 2017, offering an estimated 400-plus miles of total range

Cadillac today announced the first-ever 2017 CT6 Plug-In Hybrid prestige sedan will go on sale in the spring of 2017, with a total driving range of more than 400 miles.

Advanced plug-in hybrid technology enables the luxury sedan to reward drivers with environmentally conscious driving without compromising on performance. The CT6 Plug-In Hybrid system is designed to provide responsive, all-electric driving for most daily commutes, while maximizing fuel efficiency by providing blended power from the engine and battery at higher speeds and higher loads.

All-electric range for the CT6 Plug-In Hybrid is an estimated 30 miles. However, the car’s combination of efficient engine and battery power enables drivers the freedom of more than 400 miles of total driving range, with no requirement to find charging stations along the way. Thanks to the advanced propulsion system, the CT6 Plug-In Hybrid removes all range anxiety for our customers.

“The CT6 is a technological showcase throughout, and by far the lightest car in its class, making it an ideal platform for electrification,” said Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen. “In the CT6, Cadillac presents a new formula for prestige luxury. The advanced Plug-In Hybrid system is a key addition, providing a combination of exceptional fuel economy, crisp acceleration and strong electric-driving range.”

Cadillac’s prestige plug-in hybrid entry achieves the same zero to 60 mph performance as its V6-powered competitors, while achieving roughly twice the full EV range and MPGe figures.

The CT6 Plug-In Hybrid is expected to have fuel economy estimated at 65 MPGe. Miles per gallon equivalence – MPGe – compares energy consumption of plug-in electric vehicles and other advanced technology vehicles with the fuel economy of conventional internal combustion vehicles in miles per U.S. gallon.

The CT6 Plug-In Hybrid combines an all-new rear wheel drive electric variable transmission to provide the smooth, powerful acceleration expected from a driver’s car. The two-motor EVT system combines with the 2.0-liter turbocharged four- cylinder gas engine to produce an estimated total system power of 335 hp (250 kW) and 432 lb-ft (586 Nm) of torque. This helps propel the vehicle from a zero to 60 mph in an estimated 5.2 seconds.

Each electric motor produces 100 hp (74.5 kW) of power. On electric power only, the car is capable of approximately 30 miles of driving range and a top speed of 78 mph, with the additional power of the engine adding hundreds of miles of total range and a top speed of 150 mph on a track.

The CT6 Plug-In Hybrid launches in North America in the spring of 2017, starting in the U.S. at $75,095 plus a $995 destination freight charge before any applicable electric vehicle tax incentives. In the U.S. market, the CT6 Plug-In Hybrid will be offered as its own unique package within the CT6 product line, with pricing and equipment comparable to the existing Premium Luxury model (second highest within in the model range). The Plug-In model includes numerous optional equipment as standard, such as a Rear Seat Infotainment system, Enhanced Night Vision and Rear Camera mirror.

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