Last week GM confirmed a plug-in hybrid version would be made of its pending CT6 flagship.
The Cadillac ELR and the Volt may be tech halos, but as GM seeks parity in the public eye with Mercedes’ S-Series, BMW’s 7-Series, and other elites, the plug-in CT6 appears like it may be preparing to take a similar halo place in due time.
Elmiraj Coupe concept. CT6 will be four-door.
According to a Detroit News report, Mark Reuss, GM’s, executive vice president of global product development said “Industry leading” efficiency of upwards of “70 mpg” would be the goal.
The word “Voltec” was not used, nor was EREV, and neither were any specifics on the powertrain other than it’s being called a plug-in hybrid.
Otherwise, the CT6 will use stop-start technology and a 3.0-liter twin turbo engine with an eight-speed transmission to make it the most “powerful six-cylinder gas engine in the segment.”
In all, said Reuss, Cadillac wants a no-excuses car.
“We will create with the CT6, the world’s most advanced body structure,” said Reuss to an audience of over 200 investors and analysts at GM’s Proving Ground during a Global Business Conference. “And it’s not aluminum. It’s a stronger, smarter, safer premium luxury vehicle.”
“So rather than try to copy someone, or do something that has already been done, we have created, we think the vehicle, in this timeframe, that will stand apart and make Cadillac again the standard of the world.”
He spoke also of simplified manufacturing techniques to eliminate components, and enhance safety, ride, handling, and potential quality issues. One example reported was the front body pillar being made of one casting instead of 20 parts.
The car will be lighter than an 8-inch shorter CTS by 53 pounds. Another technology will be combining rear camera views and streaming them into a “thru-view” mirror.
To gain conquest sales would be quite a feat, and broader implications for Cadillac do look hopeful assuming it can pull off its goals.
As for how excited electrified vehicle fans should be about a plug-in is anyone’s guess. Mercedes is just bringing its plug-in S-class to market with maybe 15-18 miles e-range.
The number of top-drawer U.S. market plug-in hybrids is just three for now, with the BMW i8 sports car getting rolling, and the Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid along with Cadillac ELR plugging way.
Sales for the Cadillac ELR: 111 in September, 885 year to date. Sales for Panamera plug-in: 82 in September; 694 year to date.
Among regular hybrid versions of cars in this class, the term “greenwashing” toward a positive image has been used by some, but bragging rights for sales volume is another matter.
Example of sales numbers: BMW 7-Series hybrid: 6 in September, 37 year to date; Cadillac Escalade Hybrid: 1 in September; 35 year to date; Mercedes S400HV: 1 in September, 5 for the year, Lexus LS 600h 0 in September; 58 for year.
Plug-in fans can cheer the positive symbolism GM is making as it and others in this class are believed likely to roll out plug-ins to meet regulations – and this could make their case more compelling.
A best-case scenario is the value proposition improves, and the public has caught on more in a couple years. If a market heats up for these cars, GM is preparing to be there to duke it out with top names.
Now, where is that Voltec crossover? And SUV? And …
The Detroit News