In eleven days from now in Shanghai Cadillac is set to reveal the first of perhaps eight or more plug-in hybrids to come this decade, the CT6 PHEV.
It’s to debut in China as that’s where Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen said the majority of sales are expected to come for the new plug-in flagship, though if just for sake of economy of scale, the U.S. will get it too.
“We’re going to roll out plug-in hybrid technology across the spectrum of Cadillac cars,” said de Nysschen to The Detroit Bureau last week at the non-hybrid CT6 reveal in New York. Thus, “we won’t need a car like the ELR.”
For later this decade a CT8 or CT9 is also rumored to be in the works. Other hybridized models are also expected but timing and other details are even less clear on these components of a turnaround plan for Cadillac’s brand perception.
Fuel economy for the CT6 PHEV says The Detroit Bureau citing “several sources” could be in the range of 45 mpg which, if correct, would be significant for a car that may match the 400 horsepower and 400 pounds-feet torque of the 3.0-liter turbo six in the most-powerful non-hybrid CT6.
Specifics on the CT6 PHEV’s engine and electric powertrain were not revealed however, although it was suggested a lithium-ferrous-oxide battery pack could be used, possibly bigger than the original Volt.
It ws speculated that this could be in the neighborhood of 20 kilowatt-hours, or more than double what a Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid or Mercedes S550 PHEV has on offer.
In China the government is pushing hard to get automakers to develop plug-ins for its market and the target on its cycle whch is similar to the easier-than-EPA Euro cycle is 31 miles electric range.
We’ll know more just before the Shanghai Motor Show when media are allowed early access before its April 22 start.