Cadillac’s largest sedan, the 2017 CT6 introduces Cadillac’s first plug-in hybrid model following the disappointing ELR. The large CT6 plug-in hybrid is set to rival other electrified plug-in hybrid sedans, like the BMW 740e, Mercedes-Benz S 550e and Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid. We got to take a quick drive in the 2017 Cadillac CT6 plug-in hybrid and here are the five things we learned about the Cadillac’s latest electrified model:
1Longer EV driving range than a Toyota Prius
The 2017 Cadillac CT6 plug-in hybrid can travel up to 31 miles in electric mode, which is further than the Mercedes-Benz S 550e and BMW 740e sedans can travel without turning on their internal combustion engines. The CT6 Plug-In hybrid can even travel further than the Toyota Prius Prime. Once the battery is depleted it only takes 4.5 hours to recharge the CT6 plug-in hybrid using a 240-volt outlet.
2Two electric motors and a four-cylinder
The CT6 plug-in hybrid features two electric motors and an efficient 2.0L four-cylinder. The two electric motors get their power from an 18.4 kWh lithium-ion battery that sits directly behind the rear seat. The new hybrid system consistently optimizes itself to find the best balance between performance and efficiency, which means that at times it may only use one or two electric motors, the four-cylinder engine or a combination of all three. With all motors powered up, the CT6 plug-in hybrid generates 335 horsepower and 432 lb-ft. of torque.
3Regen On Demand and three driving modes
There are three driver selectable modes: Tour, Sport and Hold. Tour mode is the standard driving mode, but if you want a sportier driving experience you can select the Sport mode. In Sport mode, the steering is tighter and the powertrain is more responsive. Hold mode is perfect if you want to be able to decide when the CT6 plug-in uses its battery power. For example, you could use hold mode when you are on the freeway, which is usually more efficient than on the city streets and then save the battery power for the city center.
The Regen on Demand system lets you select between four levels of deceleration to recuperate as much energy as you want to go back into the battery. You can select between the four modes via the steering wheel mounted paddle shifts or by putting the shifter into M mode.
4Made in China, for China
The CT6 plug-in hybrid is a large, American sedan, but most buyers probably won’t even notice that the it’s not made here. Instead, the CT6 plug-in hybrid is made in China. The move may seem a bit weird at first, but Cadillac actually expects to sell more CT6 plug-in hybrids in China than the U.S. Why? China has made significant efforts to reduce its pollution levels, which includes the adoption of EV only driving areas, which will further the adoption of electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. China also loves large, stretched sedans.
5It’s a fuel efficient cruiser on the streets
In the past a large luxury sedan would generally be powered a large, gas guzzling V8, but times have changed. You can’t even get a V8 in the CT6 and the fact that a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder is an option is even more crazy. If you think that a four-cylinder hybrid powertrain is a mismatch for the large CT6, you’ll be surprised to hear that can reach 60 mph in only 5.2 seconds – that’s faster than a lot of “sports” cars and even then you can still average 62 mpg.
While the CT6 plug-in hybrid does manage to reach freeway speeds with ease, it isn’t really a sports sedan, but it doesn’t have to be. It’s lighter than its competition, can drive further in electric mode and with a $75,095 starting price, it’s cheaper than its German rivals.
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