The Chinese-made sedan arrives on the U.S market next spring.
With the retirement of the ELR, green-minded Cadillac car buyers now need to look towards the upcoming CT6 Plug-in Hybrid for their needs. The electrically assisted luxury sedan makes an appearance on the show floor of the Los Angeles Auto Show and demonstrates how it looks while charging.
The CT6 PHEV combines a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with a pair of electric motors for a total output of 335 horsepower (250 kilowatts) and 432 pound-feet (586 Newton-meters) of torque. A 18.6 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery is located between the rear seats and trunk. It allows for 30 miles (48 kilometers) of travel on electric power and over 400 miles (643 km) of overall range. The setup also lets the big sedan reach 60 mph (97 kph) in 5.2 seconds and a top speed of 150 mph (241 kph). Plus, Caddy anticipates EPA-estimated fuel economy of 65 MPGe.
The powertrain also features some neat traits, like Regen on Demand. The tech lets drivers use the steering wheel paddles for regenerating extra energy into the battery pack while slowing down. In addition, a Sport mode lets drivers tighten the steering and improve throttle response. A Hold setting forces the vehicle to use the internal combustion engine as a way to save the electric charge for later.
Cadillac is aiming the CT6 PHEV squarely at the Tesla Model S’ price point. The Caddy goes for $76,090 (after $995 destination), but federal and state incentives could knock some money off the price. Meanwhile a Tesla’s rear-drive sedan with a 75-kWh battery goes for $75,700 with destination. The California-made EV has a 249-mile (401-km) range and needs 5.5 seconds to reach 60 mph, but it comes with the brand’s high-tech credentials.