Cadillac CT6 Plug-In Launches In China, Arrives In US And Canada Soon…For Much Less

10 months ago by Mark Kane 22

The Cadillac CT6 Plug-In represents a luxury electric vehicle performance benchmark.

The Cadillac CT6 Plug-In represents a luxury electric vehicle performance benchmark.

The Cadillac CT6 Plug-In is officially now on sale in China.

The Cadillac CT6 Plug-In can be fully charged in five hours or less using a regular 220V charger.

The Cadillac CT6 Plug-In can be fully charged in five hours or less using a regular 220V charger.

The SAIC-GM made in China, plug-in hybrid is offered in two versions for:

  • RMB 558,800 ($80,408 USD)
  • RMB 658,800 ($94,798 USD)

Interestingly, for the US, the entry level CT6 PHEV is priced significantly cheaper – from $76,090, this despite being made in China and imported to America.

Even more curious, is that for Canada, GM’s plug-in offerings continue to undercut their US cousins by a significant amount.  The Canadian plug-in Caddy retails for $85,995 CAD – which translates to $63,950 in US funds, some $12,000+ cheaper still.

Earlier, the Canadian Chevy Bolt EV was announced as starting from ~31,800 (+DST) USD equivalent with DC fast charging, while the Chevy Volt begins from ~$28,650 (+DST) USD equivalent.

North American release of the Cadillac CT6 PHV is planned for Spring of 2017 (think April).

The CT6 PHEV is equipped with 18.4 kWh battery, and is promoted regionally as have up to 80 km (50 miles) of all-electric range.  For the US, the CT6 PHV is rated at a more “real world” 48 km/30 miles of range on the EPA rating system.

“The CT6 marks Cadillac’s long-awaited return to the global prestige luxury segment, and with the plug-in variant creates a fresh performance standard for premium new energy vehicles through its smooth handling and exceptional fuel efficiency.

Built on GM’s all-new intelligent rear-wheel electric drive platform, the CT6 Plug-In offers steady, robust real-time power through two high-performance electric motors integrated with the car’s electric drive system and a direct-injection 2.0L SIDI turbocharged engine.

The engine generates 250 kW of power and 586 Nm of torque, along with 0-100 km/h acceleration of only 5.4 seconds. Its combined fuel consumption is as low as 1.7 L/100 km, which is the best in its segment.

The Cadillac CT6 Plug-In has adopted industry-leading Power Split technology.

The Cadillac CT6 Plug-In has adopted industry-leading Power Split technology.

At the heart of the CT6 Plug-In is a lithium-ion battery pack comprising 192 cells. It has a large capacity of 18.4 kWh, which is up to 50 percent more than competitive models. With the support of GM’s world-leading Battery Management System (BMS) and liquid cooling technology, this provides 80 km of all-electric range and 935 km of combined range.

Every cell in the Cadillac CT6 Plug-In’s battery pack has an independent liquid-cooled temperature control system to ensure the 18.4-kWh battery system’s stability and safety.

Every cell in the Cadillac CT6 Plug-In’s battery pack has an independent liquid-cooled temperature control system to ensure the 18.4-kWh battery system’s stability and safety.

Every cell in the battery pack has an independent liquid-cooled temperature control system, reducing the impact of varying external and internal temperatures. This not only improves battery efficiency and extends battery life, but also ensures the battery system’s stability and safety.

The CT6 Plug-In can be fully charged in five hours or less using a regular 220V charger. Owners can check the charging status via OnStar or the MyCadillac app.

An exclusive interface displays the vehicle’s battery life, power delivery and energy distribution. An “energy” interface on the Cadillac User Experience (CUE) center console screen helps owners understand energy flow more intuitively and develop good electric driving habits through real-time feedback.

The CT6 Plug-In has adopted industry-leading Power Split technology. Its power sources are linked by three planetary gear sets and five clutches, offering four transmission modes: all-electric drive, engine drive, hybrid drive and Regen on Demand.

The Regen on Demand system innovatively works with an iBooster to recover braking energy right after the driver releases the gas pedal. The system also uses paddle shifters to adjust between four levels of braking intensity, for enjoyable handling while efficiently recovering energy.

An exclusive interface displays the Cadillac CT6 Plug-In’s battery life, power delivery and energy distribution. An "energy" interface on the Cadillac User Experience (CUE) center console screen helps owners understand energy flow more intuitively and develop good electric driving habits through real-time feedback.

An exclusive interface displays the Cadillac CT6 Plug-In’s battery life, power delivery and energy distribution. An “energy” interface on the Cadillac User Experience (CUE) center console screen helps owners understand energy flow more intuitively and develop good electric driving habits through real-time feedback.

The driver can select one of three operating modes: Cruise, Sport and Hold. The Cruise mode is perfect for daily commutes thanks to its balanced comfort and handling as well as maximized energy efficiency. The Sport mode matches more aggressive gas pedal response with agile steering, delivering dynamic performance for overtaking or handling winding roads. The Hold mode is especially useful for long-distance highway driving, storing energy that can be used later under the Cruise mode in heavy urban traffic.

The CT6 Plug-In adopts the CT6 family’s bold, forward-looking styling. Its spacecraft-level lightweight body design is crafted from 11 composite materials, with over 57 percent of body materials made from aluminum.

The comfortable interior is supported by more than 20 standard features. They include the Enhanced Safety Strategy (ESS) package and OnStar 4G LTE with a built-in Wi-Fi (Car-Fi) hotspot.

Cadillac is offering CT6 Plug-In buyers nationwide a 220V charger with free installation, plus an eight-year unlimited-mileage warranty for the vehicle’s battery pack, electric motors and electronic control system.”

The Cadillac CT6 Plug-In is the newest member of the Cadillac CT6 American luxury sedan family.

The Cadillac CT6 Plug-In is the newest member of the Cadillac CT6 American luxury sedan family.

A Cadillac CT6 PHEV Cutaway Turned Up In Shanghai last year

A Cadillac CT6 PHEV Cutaway Turned Up In Shanghai last year

Cadillac CT6 PHEV - 18.4 kWh Battery Provides 30 Miles Of Range

Cadillac CT6 PHEV – 18.4 kWh Battery Provides 30 Miles Of Range

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22 responses to "Cadillac CT6 Plug-In Launches In China, Arrives In US And Canada Soon…For Much Less"

  1. Rightofthepeople says:

    First and foremost, Happy New Year to everyone!

    This is a nice looking and interesting vehicle, and there is a lot to comment on here.
    1. Do the price differences between the US and Canada foreshadow what GM might do with US pricing once the tax credits expire here?
    2. An EPA range of only 30 miles seems quite low for an 18.4 kWh battery. Even if you assume only 17 usable and 3 miles/kWh you get 51 miles.
    3. This seems like GM’s answer to Tesla, for now. Can’t tell for sure but size looks similar to Model S, and price certainly is. With 30+ miles of electric range and gas backup you can drive mostly electric and road trips are easy. They even duplicated Tesla’s 8 year, unlimited mile battery and motor warranty.

    1. cmg186 says:

      #1 – no. Us Ontarians get up to $14,000 back on plug-ins. So this isn’t a ‘rebate baked into the price’ issue’ for the US. As some commenters here already know, I really don’t like the math spelled out this way. It implies that Canadians are getting a screaming deal, without analyzing the market here. Most of us don’t earn 30% more than our neighbours to the South, so simply converting currencies to come up with an MSRP doesn’t work.

      1. Jay Cole says:

        Hey RotP/cmg186 – Happy New Year to both you guys!

        Just to speak briefly on the rebate system in Canada because it can be confusing even to persons living in the country to due to its regional/provincial status and sometimes complicated details.

        The CT6 PHV exceeds the $75,000 (CAD) cap in Ontario for the ‘full rebate’, and as such only qualifies for $3,000. In British Columbia, the $5,000 rebate caps at $77,00, so nada there.

        Which leaves just Quebec’s $8,000 rebate…of which the CT6 PHV still nets the whole amount.

        1. cmg186 says:

          Happy New Year Jay, and thanks for the correction! Forgot about the cap!

          1. Jay Cole says:

            Yeah, its a bit of a mess sometimes with all the fine print/regionals.

            Happy New Year to you as well cmg!

        2. Mikael says:

          I assume VAT is included in the Chinese price but not in the US?

          If we cut those 17% from the Chinese price then it’s at $68700.

          1. Justin says:

            Wait for Trump’s planned 15% outsourcing tariff now that it’s made in China. That should eliminate the rebate (if he doesn’t do away with it) and add to the price here. The ELR was a sharp looking car but was way out of my price range. Because of that I’m a proud Volt owner instead. Unfortunately I believe this car will have the same fate with what I have stated above.

            1. Spider-Dan says:

              The President is not an Emperor.

              If you think Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell will pass a tariff on Chinese imports, you haven’t been paying attention for the last 20 years.

            2. Bill Howland says:

              If the 15% tariff does go into effect maybe that will convince GM bigwigs to bring production back to the main US CT6 production line.

              I congratulate GM for making their LARGEST sedan a PHEV, but I dislike the fact it is made in China – this car should be made by American or Canadian workers.

              I also dislike the overly complicated transmission – I don’t need a re-invented wheel – the volt stuff would have been good enough. While I’m not against progress I wonder how many thousands extra this jackrabit acceleration is costing buyers. The plain old 1400 or 1500 cc voltec engines would be fine also.

              Where I would have liked a change is for them to put in a somewhat larger battery for more AER. There is certainly space in this car for them to shoehorn something in.

              1. JeremyK says:

                Makes sense to me to manufacture the car in the country/region where it will see the highest sales volume. In this case, that’s China.

                1. Bill Howland says:

                  I hope they enjoy their sales then. I wouldn’t buy an imported car unless it was heavily discounted.

    2. Neromanceres says:

      Just as a note the Gen II Volt with the 18.4KWh battery only has 14KWh as usable (not 17KWh).

      EPA ratings are not out yet for the CT6 PHEV but I think the 30 mile number being thrown around is still conservative.

      1. Jake Brake says:

        Chrysler Pacifica is huge, seats 7, goes 30+ miles, and costs half the price. But its a minivan…

  2. Ziv says:

    Great! So the CT6 will be cheaper in the US than it is in China! Good news, because the ELR was a beautiful car but it sold no more than 1354 cars total in the US in 2014, in large part due to the stupidly high MSRP according to most experts. Those sales dropped to just over 1000 in 2015 even though the dealers were willing to take much less than MSRP for the ELR.

    So the CT6 will sell for “much less” in the US! Cool!

    Wait a minute, the article says that the CT6 is going to sell for $76,090 including DST in the US! That is just as overpriced as the ELR, and the ELR at least was built in America! What the heck, GM isn’t stupid enough to try to overprice the CT6 the same way they overpriced, and then failed to sell, the ELR, are they? Yes, they really are that stupid.

    The CT6 is going to be a VERY nice car, but it isn’t worth $65k, let alone $75k. I have been complaining about GM management stupidity for years, and yet every time I think I will be proven wrong, they do something even more idiotic that the last blunder.

    I love my Volt, but I despise GM management.

    1. georgeS says:

      Ziv,
      “I have been complaining about GM management stupidity for years, and yet every time I think I will be proven wrong, they do something even more idiotic that the last blunder.”

      LOL I can relate.

  3. georgeS says:

    “The Canadian plug-in Caddy retails for $85,995 CAD – which translates to $63,950 in US funds, some $12,000+ cheaper still.”

    Look Jay. Your next ride:)

    Failing that you could sell it to DonC:)

    1. Jay Cole says:

      Well, although I am in Toronto at the moment, heading to Florida shortly (friggin cold up ‘north’ atm).

      Although you can rest assured that I buy my EVs in Ontario, Canada…at least when what I want is available, which not always the case (great exchange, and up to 14k REBATE off on top in CAD (~10.4k USD)). I won’t lie, it’s a nice currency crutch to have (back and forth US-Canada) earn and play in US, buy cars in Canada.

  4. Akovia says:

    30 miles of range with a truck full of batteries. No thanks.

  5. Loboc says:

    Pretty much the ONLY things ELR and CT6 have in common is MSRP and both are PHEVs. This is like comparing a Bolt to a Model S. Totally different cars for totally different demographics.

  6. Bill Howland says:

    “…Totally different cars for totally different demographics.”

    Don’t see how you can say that Loboc, both ELR and CT6 seem to be made for the over 50 set. Most ELR’s (not my stripped model, though) at the dealers had a CD player taking up 1/2 the glovebox – something any under 50 year old would never have.

    The CT6 looks like it is also for over 50 year olds – the younger Drug Dealers buy the Escalade.

    But I think this DeNyschen dude is overpaid. Dealers are mostly screeming about his ‘Pinnacle’ stair-step program, mainly due to its unfairness and border-line legality. I don’t like him because he hates EV’s, and most Caddy’s are boats.

    When they were fixing an annoyance on my ELR, they had to keep the car overnight, and I was given a rather expensive XTS that the dealership thought was ‘Caddy’s best Car’. When I returned it they were seriously expecting me to WOWED by it, but I just said, ” the car drives like a boat, the gas pedal isn’t that responsive at all (the 8 speed (!) automatic keeps the engine going the same speed depending on how much power is drawn from the engine, and it just shifts gears to accelerate – but the sensation is super-mush)- so I much prefer the snappiness of the ELR.

    With the 3rd planetary gear set of the CT6 PHEV, (my 2014 ELR has only 1, and it is ‘detuned’ as compared to the short-lived 2016 model), they are going all out for jack-rabbit starts, but I don’t believe the buying demographic wants this. My 2014 is plenty snappy enough, and while the SIZE of the car (GM’s LARGEST) is appealing, they could have tried much harder in other areas, such as 100 mile AER rather than 50 (on the euro cycle). A plain old dinky 4 cylinder engine would have been adequate since the 2 electric motors are enough. Its true the GEN1 drivetrain is inefficient at 0-20 mph and this thing should be better will the gobs more gearing, but I wouldn’t be surprized if they lost 1 or 2% efficiency because of all the added crap – maybe more.

    30 mile AER seems really, really low. Again, the turbo charged BIG 4cyl to me is next to pointless. Unless their primary market is young chinese millionaires trying to take market share away from BMW and Diamler. But then those types of buyers wouldn’t buy an EV anyway so whats the point?

  7. Bloggin says:

    Why, why, why is Cadillac not engineering the battery pack to store under the floor or under rear seats, and not take up valuable trunk space or the ability to fold down a portion of the rear seats.

    This looks like a ‘retrofit’, like Ford did with the 2013 Fusion plug-in hybrid. Especially since this large sedan should be good for road trips, but without full luggage capacity for 4 adults, it’s missed the mark.

    MB did the same with the new S-Class plug-in hybrid, with a big hump in the trunk(insufficient 8.7kW pack.)

    But as we know, both these vehicles were designed and engineered for the Chinese and European consumer, who will be using it for stop and go traffic in their crowded cities, with less focus on road trips. So it should do well there.

    I love that it offers 30 miles of range, but this won’t keep large luxury car buyers from defecting to the Model S. Especially with the P100D offering 496 miles as a city car averaging 45mph. Even averaging 55mph with a mix of city and highway driving, the P100D offers 409 miles of range.

  8. Tyl says:

    Please produce this vehicle as a pure EV. That is what we want and this is what is needed. Get off the whole gas thing.
    Where have you been the last few years? Why? To reduce>>strike that<< ELIMINATE CO2 emissions. 2ºC. …come on now!