2016 Cadillac CT6 Hybrid: Finally, a Proper American PHEV

In Auto Shanghai 2015 news, today Cadillac announced a 335-horsepower, 432-lb/ft of torque-y monster of a plug-in hybrid vehicle.  And they’re packaging it in a CT6.

“The first-ever CT6 is a technological showcase throughout, making it an ideal platform for Cadillac to offer its first plug-in hybrid,” said Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen. “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.”


The CT6 Plug-In Hybrid system is designed to provide all-electric driving for most daily commutes, while maximizing fuel efficiency by providing blended power from the engine and battery at higher speeds and higher loads, even when energy is stored in the battery.




To me, it’s a proper American PHEV.  What do I mean by that?  Am I pooh-pooh-ing the Ford Escape or Fusion Hybrid?

Not at all.  They’re perfectly good hybrid cars, that get their owners to Home Depot, school, work and a show without a problem.  I’m talking about power.

It was inevitable, the day when larger engines were going to be married with bigger electric motors and better batteries. Some would say the day dawned when the Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid rolled off the line.  Others, myself included, would say the day arrived proper when Volvo introduced the 2016 XC90 T8 Twin Engine.

A car like the CT6 Hybrid gives American car buyers and people who buy American cars a powerful opportunity to integrate green cars into their lives.  The environmentally aware business person who wants a classier car for clients now has a choice over a Japanese or German marque.  A person who prefers a powerful American sedan without the fuel consumption of a V-8 now has something to look at.  And Cadillac buyers who were intrigued by the ELR but wanted more speed?  Hello, CT6 Hybrid.

All-electric launch performance is one of the key purchase considerations for PHEV and EV owners. The Cadillac CT6 PHEV combines an all-new rear wheel electric variable transmission (EVT) with exclusively designed motors to provide smooth, spirited acceleration.


The two-motor EVT also uses three planetary gears and is mated to a 2.0L turbo 4-cylinder engine with spark-ignited direct injection and variable valve technology. The use of a two-motor system provides smooth and seamless power through the entire driving range.


Translated, that means off-the-line old-school American driving fun.  Official MPG estimates are still coming.  But if Volvo estimates 31 mpg in their new 4500 lb. XC90, the lighter CT6 should see even better economy figures.  Should.





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