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Cadillac CT6 Plug-In Hybrid Detailed in Shanghai, Coming to U.S.

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 4/19/2015 Kelly Pleskot

Following up on the Cadillac CT6 First Look" target="_blank">CT6 debut in New York, Cadillac detailed a plug-in hybrid version of the large sedan at the Shanghai Auto Show today.

The Cadillac CT6 plug-in hybrid pairs an all-new rear wheel electric variable transmission with two electric motors to a 2.0-liter turbocharged direct-injected four-cylinder engine. A 18.4-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery, which sits between the rear seat and the trunk, has 192 pouch cells using the latest cell chemistry from General Motors. Total system output comes to 335 hp and 432 lb-ft of torque.

2016 Cadillac CT6© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Cadillac CT6

The automaker hasn’t released fuel economy information, but GM says it comes in at more than double the fuel economy from the traditionally powered CT6 based on miles per gallon equivalent. Although China uses different fuel economy testing standards than the U.S., we can expect significant fuel economy gains here too. Electric driving range has not yet been announced, but Cadillac says that drivers will be able to travel using battery power for “most daily commutes.” Drivers can recharge using 120-volt or 240-volt outlets.

Three driving modes are available on the hybridized CT6—Normal, Sport, and Hold. The latter mode allows driver to select when they want to preserve battery charge. By choosing to use the engine during highway travel in Hold mode, drivers can conserve electricity for lower-speed city trips. Drivers can also access regen-on-demand with paddle shifters on the steering wheel.

The CT6 is the latest entry in Cadillac’s electrified lineup, which also includes the ELR. That model hasn’t exactly been burning up the sales charts, but now it’s back for 2016 with a more than 25 percent boost in power, faster acceleration, a retuned chassis, and improved steering. Despite all the changes, the new ELR is 2016 Cadillac ELR Revised, Price Cut" target="_blank">$10,000 cheaper, priced at $65,995 for the new model year.

Cadillac CT6 Plug-In Hybrid Detailed in Shanghai, Coming to U.S.

Source: General Motors

Pictured is the U.S.-market 2016 Cadillac CT6.

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