General Motors has a lot riding on its all new CT6 sedan. This car is not a reworked Sedan DeVille. It is a totally new car inside and out built on a completely new chassis. “The CT6 is nothing less than an entirely new approach to premium luxury — and an approach only Cadillac can offer,” said Johan de Nysschen, president of Cadillac. “It is a bold endeavor with unmatched dynamism that reignites a passion for driving in large luxury vehicles. In short, it is prestige luxury reimagined.”
The CT6 makes extensive use of aluminum to keep overall weight down. “Lightweighting” is the latest buzz word in Detroit, as manufacturers struggle with how to meet increasingly stringent emissions regulations while keeping customers satisfied. This will be the first Cadillac sedan offered without a traditional V-8 engine in quite some time. Buyers will have a choice of three engines — a 265 horsepower 2.0 liter turbo, a 335 horsepower 3.5 liter naturally-aspirated V6, or a 400 horsepower 3.0 liter twin-turbo V6.
Starting in April, there will be one other powertrain to consider. Cadillac will offer a plug-in hybrid version of the CT6. Here’s the interesting part. All CT6 PHEV cars will be manufactured in China and imported to the United States. Please, don’t tell Donald Trump about this. He might send his good friends in the KKK to protest outside GM corporate headquarters.
Cadillac announced this week that the CT6 PHEV will have an electric only range of 30 miles and top speed of 78 mph. When combined with the onboard 2.0 liter gasoline engine, range increases to 400 miles and top speed goes up to 150 mph. For the American market, prices will start at $75,095 plus a $995 destination charge. Federal and state incentives can reduce the net cost to less than $70,000.
The hybrid powertrain is based on the Voltec system used in the Chevy Volt. That means it has two electric motors working in tandem. Unlike the Volt, power goes to the rear wheels. There is an electronically controlled automatic transmission to help with smooth acceleration. Total horsepower is 335 and torque is listed as 432 lb-ft. 0-60 acceleration takes 5.2 seconds — about the same as a base Tesla Model S. The CT6 plug-in hybrid has its own unique interior package that includes a rear seat Infotainment system, enhanced night vision, and rear camera mirror.
Cadillac has released no sales projections for the CT6 PHEV. We will have to wait and see whether customers are warm or cool to the idea of plug-in Cadillac. The previous Cadillac ELR — a direct copy of the Chevy Volt — was an unmitigated disaster for the company.
Source: Detroit Free Press