Cadillac CT6 Plug-In Hybrid: Big Battery, More Electric Range Page 2

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2016 Cadillac CT6, 2015 New York Auto Show

2016 Cadillac CT6, 2015 New York Auto Show

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Compared to the CT6's 18.4 kWh, the Mercedes S-Class S550 Plug-In Hybrid (which will become the S-Class 550e this fall) has an 8.7-kWh pack paired with a 3.0-liter V6 engine.

BMW similarly uses a 9-kWh pack in the X5 xDrive 40e plug-in hybrid SUV it just launched, and that system too will roll out across multiple models in the company's lineup.

And Volvo's XC90 T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid luxury SUV uses a 9.2-kWh pack (of which 6.5 kWh is usable).

MORE: 2016 BMW X5 xDrive 40e Plug-In Hybrid SUV To Debut In Shanghai

The stats for the plug-in hybrid, in other words, indicate that GM understands--perhaps better than any other auto company--the importance of offering maximum electric-only range in its plug-in hybrids.

Like the current Cadillac ELR range-extended electric coupe, the CT6 Plug-In Hybrid will offer varying degrees of "Regen on Demand" that the driver can engage using paddles behind the steering wheel.

It will also have three driving modes: Normal, Sport, and Hold. The latter conserves battery charge for later use where all-electric operation is desired.

2016 Cadillac CT6, 2015 New York Auto Show

2016 Cadillac CT6, 2015 New York Auto Show

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Charging on 120-Volt household current or via a 240-Volt Level 2 charging station is provided for U.S. models, with Chinese models accepting that country's standard 220-volt charging. No recharge times were provided.

The plug-in hybrid Cadillac CT6 will be the first General Motors plug-in hybrid built outside the U.S. Models sold in China will be assembled at a new plant in Pudong Jinqiao, China, and will qualify for the country's New Energy Vehicle incentives.

The North American market will be supplied from GM's Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant, which now builds the Chevy Volt, the Cadillac ELR, and the Chevrolet Malibu and Impala.

The Cadillac CT6 with conventional powertrains will go into production in December, meaning that the plug-in hybrid version should arrive at dealers sometime late in the first half of 2016.


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