Before the 2016 Cadillac CT6 PHEV makes its way from a Chinese production assembly to the United States, Inside EVs decided to take a closer look into what going on behind the handsome sheetmetal to create a compelling extended-range Cadillac.
No, the 2016 CT6 PHEV will not be a new-age Cadillac ELR, that’s evident when taking a look at how the propulsion system is organized. The 18.4 kWh battery pack will provide 37 miles of pure electric range, which are situated in the rear of the car, and will work alongside the 2.0-liter LTG four-cylinder turbo to scoot the luxury sedan to 60 mph in only 5.6-seconds.
Differentiating in further from the 2016 Chevrolet Volt, and it’s second-generation Voltec powertrain, is an additional planetary gear set and two more clutches. Combined, the powertrain will provide 117 mpgE on the U.S. EPA cycle, and offer 449 hp, thanks to the two-motor system.
Pricing has not been verified by Cadillac, but the brand assumes it will be a very low-volume vehicle, hence the decision to import the PHEV variant straight from China, rather than build it alongside the 2016 Cadillac CT6 in Michigan.
The 2016 CT6 arrives this March in the United States, with the PHEV variant arriving soon thereafter.