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.