Cadillac: We Have A Plug-In Hybrid Model For You
It looks like the American Automaker has admitted they should have a plug-in hybrid model to compete with other Automakers. And its upcoming Cadillac CT6 is the new, rear-wheel-drive flagship model from the brand. A special private event to show new models to the company’s investors happened last week.
GM could be talking about a best-case-scenario highway rating, but anything even close to that would be pretty impressive for a big, heavy luxury sedan. Not only luxurious and stylish, but green as well! The CT6 range will include a plug-in hybrid model, supplementing what are presumed to be V-6 and V-8 gasoline variants. Mark Reuss, GM’s executive vice president of global product development, confirmed the information.
The Cadillac CT6 plug-in hybrid will compete with the Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid, now on sale, and the new 2016 Mercedes-Benz S550 Plug-in Hybrid that just went on sale in Germany. The details include being able to move at speeds of up to 75 MPH on pure battery power, and a 0-to-60-MPH acceleration time of less than six seconds. There is no talk of horsepower numbers, but Cadillac Fans would expect to see at least a combined 375- to 400-hp rating.
“It’s probably lighter than a CTS. The weight savings will come from a body structure made from aluminum and high-strength steel”, said Reuss. The CT6 engine will also be combined with a stop-start system and an eight-speed automatic transmission, likely a version of the homegrown GM eight-speed that debuted in the 2015 Corvette.
GM’s CEO Dan Akerson had previewed a plug-in hybrid Cadillac model, more or less, in comments last year. He said then that GM would ultimately compete with Tesla Motors, whose Model S electric luxury sedan caused GM to set up a special competitive unit to study the Silicon Valley startup automaker.
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