Cadillac CT6 Plug-In available in spring for $76K

Melissa Burden
The Detroit News

General Motors Co. said Tuesday its 2017 Cadillac CT6 Plug-In Hybrid sedan will offer an estimated 30 miles of electric and more than 400 miles of total range when it arrives at U.S. dealerships in spring 2017.

Cadillac says the premium luxury plug-in electric hybrid will offer many drivers all-electric range for their commute, while offering power from both an engine and battery at higher speeds and demands.

The CT6 Plug-In is expected to deliver zero to 60 miles per hour performance in 5.2 seconds, or the same time as V-6 competitors, the company said. GM estimates the car will receive a 65 mpg equivalence fuel economy estimate.

The hybrid, with a starting price of $76,090 before incentives, is built in China. GM builds the flagship CT6 sedan for the North America market, but not the plug-in hybrid model, at its Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant.

Earlier this year, Cadillac confirmed the plug-in version of the CT6 would be imported from China, where GM expects to have the biggest sales. Initial volume for the car is expected to be low, likely in the hundreds of vehicles. Still, the UAW was not happy with the automaker’s decision, calling it a “slap in the face” to U.S. taxpayers and GM workers here.

The CT6 Plug-In includes a new rear-wheel drive electric variable transmission, allowing the car to smoothly and powerfully accelerate, Cadillac says. The car has a 2-liter turbocharged, four-cylinder gasoline engine that produces 335 horsepower and 432 foot-pounds of torque. It features two electric motors that produce 100 horsepower, or 74.5 kilowatts. In electric-only driving, the CT6 Plug-In offers top speed of 78 mph, while the car with the engine power has a top speed of 150 mph.

“The CT6 is a technological showcase throughout, and by far the lightest car in its class, making it an ideal platform for electrification,” Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen said in a statement. “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 says the CT6 Plug-In will be available as a package within the CT6 product line, with pricing and equipment similar to its premium luxury model. Many optional features come standard on the plug-in model such as rear seat infotainment, enhanced night vision technology and a rear camera mirror.

The CT6 went on sale earlier this year and sales through October in the U.S. have totaled about 6,700.

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