Introducing the Cadillac CT6 Plug-In Hybrid
If you want the practicality of a hybrid with the luxury of a full-size sedan, Cadillac has your answer. The 2017 CT6 Hybrid is a warning shot fired across the bow of Tesla and the resurrected Karma. We spent a week with the V6 powered CT6 earlier this year, and it is undoubtedly their best offering since the demise of the Fleetwood in 1996. Since the trunk is large enough for several captive passengers they decided to use some of the space for an 18.4 kW battery pack.
Tesla’s Model S and Model X both offer a 100 kw battery so you might be quick to dismiss the Caddy as simply an imitator. But the secret is in the transmission. In the press release last week, A new electric variable transmission captures all the power of a 2.0-liter turbo four and sends it as needed to the rear axles. This novel approach is not unlike what Koenigsegg has pioneered on the Regera, but in a somewhat more affordable package. If your daily commute is not too demanding, having 30 miles of pure electric range will keep the gas stations in your rearview. Total combined output of the car is rated at 335 hp and 432 lb-ft of torque, and they made sure to tell us that 250 kw is more than any other hybrid (outside of Sweden).
Our 2012 Fisker Karma is rated at a total range of 230 miles, but we have never been able to achieve such efficiency. It is also powered by the same 2.0 liter Chevrolet four, but that is a story for another day. Cadillac’s advertised range of 400 miles to a tank is a shocker for the industry, so as soon as we get our hands on one, expect a thorough evaluation. Our leftover turkey supplies are now depleted, so stay with us for more automotive stuffing here on Autofluence regarding the Cadillac CT6 Plug-In Hybrid.