After pretty much unsuccessful ELR (only 2.874 of them sold from 2013 to 2016), Cadillac will once again step into the hybrid world. But this time, a hybrid powertrain will find a place under the hood of CT6. With additional engine option Cadillac hopes that it will boost sales of the youngest model in their lineup. But the fact that it will be manufactured in China certainly won’t help. Nevertheless, first ever 2017 Cadillac CT6 Plug-in hybrid will come with small tweaks in comparison to CT6 and range over 400 miles.
2017 Cadillac CT6 Plug-in Hybrid – Design Changes
Before we get to a detailed specification, it is necessary to mention some differences in design. Of course, there aren’t many of them. To make it symmetric as possible Cadillac installed charge port exactly the opposite of the fuel cap door. Also, there is model-specific badging on the bottom of the rear doors. Everything else is the same as on the non-hybrid CT6. There are four standard colors in the palette, Moonstone, Stellar Black, Bronze Dune, and Deep Amethyst, all metallic. There is also Crystal White Tricoat which comes with $ extra. LED headlights and rear lights are standard. After dark, when the driver approaches the vehicle, the signal from entry key illuminates headlights, outside mirrors and door handles to improve visibility around the vehicle.
2017 Cadillac CT6 Plug-in Hybrid – Interior
The interior also isn’t much different. Instrument graphics will be hybrid-specific with information about battery level and electricity flow. Door sills will also be different on the plug-in hybrid version. 2017 Cadillac CT6 Plug-in hybrid will also have a full-color heads-up display, which is reconfigurable so the driver can customize it with the most relevant information he wants. There will also be wireless device charging, which is not extraordinary when luxury cars are in question. Behind the steering wheel, there is 12-inch reconfigurable full-color gauge cluster. While wood details can be found on the dashboard and door panels. There is also 10-speaker Bose audio system and rear seat infotainment system featuring two 10-inch tilting HD screens. The plug-in hybrid, in fact, mimics the regular CT6 with Premium Luxury trim.
2017 Cadillac CT6 Plug-in Hybrid – Powertrain
But, more interesting, when PHEV is in question is the powertrain. The core engine is 2.0-liter turbo inline 4-cylinder which produces 265 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. Cadillac added two 100 horsepower electric motors which bring a total output of 2017 Cadillac CT6 Plug-in Hybrid to 335 horsepower and 432 lb-ft of torque. This is more horsepower than in 3.6-liter CT6, and more torque than in 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6. Let’s not forget that 2018 Cadillac CT6 comes with a V8. Back to the subject. In all-electric mode, this luxury sedan can reach a top speed of 78 mph, and with fully charged li-ion 18.4-kWh battery, the range is 31 miles. When all combined, according to Cadillac 0-60 mph time is 5.2 seconds, while the range is 440 miles. Torque is sent to rear wheels through continuously variable transmission and AWD is not available.
2017 Cadillac CT6 Plug-in Hybrid – Safety Features
As for the safety rating, the IIHS still hasn’t evaluated the CT6, but 2017 Cadillac CT6 Plug-in Hybrid comes with various passive and active safety features which come as driver awareness package. Just some of them are forward collision alert and pedestrian braking, lane-keeping assist with lane departure warning, blind zone alert and rear cross traffic alert. There is also night vision which helps the driver at night, and 360° birds-eye view.
2017 Cadillac CT6 Plug-in Hybrid – Price
This Cadillac plug-in hybrid will be available in spring this year, with a starting price of $76.090. this includes $995 destination charge, but can further be reduced with local, state, and federal tax incentives. With performance in mind, CT6 is a direct competitor to Audi A8 and S8, BMW 7-Series, and Mercedes-Benz S-class. With all in mind, there is still a question; will this hybrid follow the failure of ELR? We very much doubt it.