During this weeks’ 2015 Auto Shanghai the General Motors premium brand Cadillac has opted to introduce officially the plug-in hybrid version of the recently unveiled CT6 flagship.
Now fresh off the stage come new details about the green variant, as well as a fresh batch of technically revealing photos (see them in the gallery below). The trend of downsizing continues with the plug-in hybrid (the traditional variants will top out with a turbo V6) receiving the services of a four-cylinder, 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine that has been mated to a completely new rear wheel electric variable transmission (EVT) that is linked to two electric motors – the combined power output is of 335 bhp (250 kW) and 432 lb-ft (586 Nm) of torque. The 18.4 kWh lithium-ion battery pack has been placed between the rear seats and trunk – but so far the automaker has not disclosed the new weight of the car or the all-electric driving range, only saying it would suffice for “most daily commutes.”
The CT6 PHEV also features the Regen on Demand system that can bring back some lost electricity to the battery pack, as well as three driving combinations: normal, sport and hold. The latter will allow the driver to only use gasoline, thus preserving the electric driving range for later use. The model is scheduled to hit the Chinese market as well, besides the United States – with the world’s two largest premium markets making up the bulk of Cadillac sales nowadays.