Cadillac CT6 Plug-In Hybrid Priced Up To $95,000-Plus In China

SAIC-GM launched the Cadillac CT6 Plug-In on Friday in China with two price packages higher than what will come later to the U.S.

The Cadillac CT6 plug-in hybrid joins the gasoline-engine CT6 in China with two plug-in variants priced at RMB 558,800 ($80,408) and RMB 658,800 ($94,683). RMB is another name for Chinese Yuan currency.

In November, Cadillac announced that the 2017 CT6 Plug-in Hybrid will come to the U.S. in spring and will be priced at $76,090. Incentive programs will lower the starting prices in the U.S. and in China. Generous subsidies in China could make it price competitive with the U.S. offering.

GM didn’t lay out differences in the two price-point offerings for the China market. The company did say both variations will bring to market a “fresh performance standard for premium new energy vehicles through its smooth handling and exceptional fuel efficiency.”

The CT6 Plug-In is being built on an all-new rear-wheel electric drive platform. It’s powered by two “high-performance” electric motors combined with the electric drive system and a 2.0-liter spark ignition direct injection (SIDI) turbocharged engine. That’s enough to carry the plug-in sedan 0-100 km/h (about 62 mph) in 5.4 seconds.

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The electric drive train has an 18.4-kWh battery pack and is enhanced by GM’s Battery Management System (BMS) and liquid cooling technology. The automaker said that the CT6 Plug-In can travel 80 kilometers (49.7 miles) on battery power and 935 km (580.9 miles) in combined range.

Drivers can tap into three operating modes to maximize convenience and energy. Cruise mode is offered for daily commutes, offering comfort along with maximized energy efficiency. Sport mode is ideal for mountain road climbing with aggressive gas pedal response and agile steering. The Hold mode was made for long-distance highway driving; it’s able to store energy that can be used later under the Cruise mode in heavy city traffic.

Cadillac is offering CT6 Plug-In buyers in China a 220-volt charger with free installation. Another perk is an eight-year unlimited-mileage warranty for the vehicle’s battery pack, electric motors, and electronic control system.

Cadillac is poised to compete in the luxury electric car segment in China with Tesla and BMW. The CT6 Plug-In is the brand’s second plug-in electrified model to come to market ever since the Cadillac ELR stopped production last spring. That plug-in hybrid was built in the U.S., while the CT6 Plug-In is being manufactured in China and will be imported to the U.S.


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