With the 2017 CT6 Plug-In Hybrid, Cadillac has successfully brought a true full-size luxury hybrid to the market. I spent a few weeks in the CT6, my first time driving this new, larger full-size platform. I have spent a lot of time in the smaller ATS and CTS sedans and coupes. The CT6 comes with Cadillac’s now well-known build quality and excellent fit and finish. Here’s a video of my drive and a review of my experience with this very cool hybrid.
The CT6 comes with a dual propulsion system, a 2.0L turbocharged gasoline engine and a two-motor electric EVT system. The car can run up to 31 miles on battery power alone, then must be plugged in to be re-charged. The CT6 normally uses both the electric motors and the gasoline engine, with the computer brain deciding how much and when to use each or both. There is a re-gen system that recharges the battery from the engine. The two methods of power combine to give the CT6 332 horsepower and 62 MPGe. It also has 432 lb-ft of torque to give a 0-60 time of 5.2 seconds. You can also go 440 miles with a full charge and full tank of gas.
You can read my detailed review on Business Traveler USA this week, I will update this post with the link. I drove the CT6 back and forth from LA to Palm Springs and then from Palm Springs to Las Vegas. It was a pleasure to drive in all road conditions and handles nicely with good, but not overwhelming power. It’s also very luxurious inside and especially quiet. The CT6 comes in one trim level, with all options and of course comes with Cadillac’s suite of infotainment amenities along with a range of state-of-the-art driver safety and assistance technology.
I’ve been impressed with the re-emergence of the Cadillac brand over the past decade or so. With a new young management team and their own corporate offices in New York City (separate from the GM global offices in Detroit), the company really understands their buyers and the car buying audience in general. The bottom line is they design and build some great cars, cars that can compete on a global level with luxury and performance vehicles from any European or Japanese manufacturer. And Cadillac is a truly global brand, I learned after the US, their largest market for selling cars is China.