Cadillac CT6 Hybrid to Debut in Shanghai and V-Series Under Consideration
The 2016 CT6 made its much-anticipated debut at the 2015 New York Auto Show to a pile of fanfare, but this isn’t the only trick Cadillac has up its sleeve with its new flagship sedan. There have been rumors floating around about a hybrid version of the CT6, and reports claimed that Mark Reuss, GM’s product chief, confirmed the model during an investors meeting in the fall of 2014. In New York, Auto Blog caught up to Reuss and got him to all but confirm the model’s debut at the Shanghai Auto Show, which kicks off on April 22, 2015.
According to the report, when Auto Blog queried Reuss about the CT6 Hybrid, he said “We’ve really got to wait until we finish rounding out the portfolio,” then followed that up with "The Shanghai show is where you should look for all of it. So stay tuned."
If that’s not a confirmation of the hybrid CT6, then I don’t know what it is.
The details surrounding the hybrid powertrain are still unknown, but I wouldn’t be shocked to see it take some technology from the 2016 Chevy Volt. It won’t be a range-extended EV like the Volt, but rather a plug-in hybrid with a short electric-only range.
The report also discusses the V-Series version of the CT6, which Reuss seemed less confident about. He did make it clear that Caddy is tossing the idea around, but it is still trying to determine if it makes business sense.
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Why it matters
With luxury automakers attempting to fill seemingly every tiny niche, it is refreshing to see one focus on the important stuff first, then consider filling a niche. That is exactly what Caddy is doing by all but confirming the hybrid CT6 while holding back on releasing a high-performance CT6-V until it can confirm that it makes business sense. These are the types of decisions Johan de Nysschen has to make to return the brand to its former status in the luxury car realm.
After rolling out the 2016 CTS-V and 2016 ATS-V as quickly as he did, I was nervous that he was going to rush things and potentially harm the company. Fortunately, it appears as if he’s doing things the right way.