Despite being unveiled a year ago, mum has been the word on details surrounding the 2017 Cadillac CT6 PHEV, the plug-in variant of Cadillac Touring Six.
We have known China will get first dibs, and even our U.S.-spec CT6 PHEV will be produced in China and imported into the United States due to low forecasted demand. Now, we know some of the finer details of the car, too, thanks to Green Car Congress.
The 2017 Cadillac CT6 PHEV will arrive with 449 hp and a 37-mile electric range from a 2.0-liter LTG turbocharged four-cylinder, two electric motors and an 18.4-kWh lithium ion battery pack. The CT6 PHEV borrows its components from 2016 Chevrolet Volt, but applies a unique architecture exclusively for the CT6 PHEV.
The battery pack in integrated into the floor of the 2017 CT6 PHEV (thanks, Bolt!) providing for much greater stiffness. In fact, the battery pack tray actually serves its purpose as the main floor structure.
The idea of a “Volt on steroids” is very real here. The CT6 PHEV also uses a very similar two-motor system akin to the Volt, and an additional planetary gear set, making three total, and two more clutches, bringing the grand total to five, are on hand and ready.
As stated earlier, the 2017 CT6 PHEV will be built exclusively in China, and should arrive in the U.S. late this year, or in early 2017.