By on November 15, 2018

2017 Cadillac CT6 Plug-In Culver City - Image: Cadillac

As one hat joins the wardrobe, another leaves the closet for a trip to the goodwill store. Cadillac’s flagship CT6 appeared at dealers in early 2016 with a range of powerplants in tow, most notably a plug-in hybrid promising 31 miles of gas-free driving. Big, traditional, American luxury sedans needn’t be dinosaurs, Cadillac said of the lightweighted plug-in.

Well, an asteroid just fell on a new, green Detroit.

As it preps the new-for-2019 CT6-V and its twin-turbo 4.2-liter V8, Cadillac’s dispensing with the plug-in hybrid for the 2019 model year, GM Authority reports. The automaker confirmed the discontinuation for the American market in an email to the publication.

“Cadillac remains committed to electrified systems for our vehicles,” a Cadillac spokesperson wrote. “Although production of the CT6 PLUG-IN for North America is discontinuing for the 2019 model year, alternative fuel vehicles remain a part of our future product portfolio as we move deeper in to our 10-year plan.”

Previously, the plug-in variant showed up on the automaker’s VIN decoder documents, suggesting the discontinuation was a recent decision. What reason could GM have for this? Well, the CT6 Plug-in, unlike other CT6 models, takes a boat trip from China before it arrives in American dealerships. With that comes a 25 percent import tariff on Chinese-manufactured autos. Future electric Cadillacs will almost certainly roll out of domestic assembly plants, free of import tariffs.

While it wasn’t mentioned in Cadillac’s missive, it’s assumed the Plug-in will remain on sale in its country of origin.

The short-lived CT6 Plug-in paired a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder (since axed from the bottom of the model range) with an electric motor, both driving the rear wheels. The powertrain’s output of 335 horsepower and 432 lb-ft of torque was good for a 0-60 run of 5.2 seconds, or a tenth of a second faster than the twin-turbo 3.0-liter model, which boasted 404 ho and 400  lb-ft. Indeed, Cadillac played up the variant’s sporting prowess.

There’s no need for that now, as the CTS-V (destined to become the only “V” model in the Caddy lineup for an unspecified amount of time), generates 550 hp and 627 lb-ft from GM’s new V8. That’s it in the photo above.

In terms of sales, the CT6 has suffered from the same illness afflicting other sedans from the high end to the bottom. After a promising start, four-figure monthly volumes quickly disappeared. The third quarter of 2018 was the model’s worst sales quarter to date, beating out Q4 2017 for the title.

[Images: General Motors]

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17 Comments on “Cadillac Loses Its Only Hybrid Model...”

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    Cadillac drivers don’t want to fool around with plugs. What terrible market research.

  • avatar

    Considering the current state of the large American car, I can’t imagine there’s not enough additional capacity at its Hamtramck assembly plant to squeeze out a few plug-in hybrids. I’m guessing if the market is really there we’ll see GM make modifications to the line there and the plug-in will be on our streets in 2020.

    Unless, of course, import tariffs also make the supply chain cost jump to some indigestible number.

    • 0 avatar

      Yea, I’ve been saying Cadillac needs a “super Volt” basically since the Alpha platform came out. Def more interest in electrified cars than canyon carvers.

    • 0 avatar

      Other possibility is GM is reaching the end of the line of tax credits (this quarter or early 2019) and with them going away the tiny market goes with it. Execution order signed.

      Other, other possibility is with new leadership, Melody Lee gone, and the move back to Detroit they are erasing the stupidity of the last 3 to 5 years.

    • 0 avatar

      The plug-in model was made in China. So trade policy uncertainty likely had something to do with its cancellation or made be quality concerns.

  • avatar

    Oh my God – global warming is sure to happen now!!! How could GM be so short-sighted? Time to drive the V-8 SUV to the survival goods store to stock up of freeze-dried food and ammunition.

  • avatar
    R Henry

    Caddy is lost. They can’t decide if they want to play in the Green market, the luxo-barge market, or the performance market…all while their only money maker is a tarted up Tahoe.

  • avatar

    Wait, there was a plug-in hybrid Cadillac??? (I am aware of the defunct ELR, had no idea this was even an option)

  • avatar

    Incredible that this car would take a 25% tariff while taking a boat-ride to the US.

    That must have been a decision made while they were all in NYC, soaking up that wonderful smell in the city, and riding home via a chauffeured Escalade.

    Rodney Dangerfield would get enough material from Caddy to last him another lifetime. RIP, Rodney.

  • avatar

    That CT6 in the header image looks BOSS. That’s a modern Cadillac. Caddy is finally finding its styling groove. Only like 15 years into Art & Science, but I like it.

    • 0 avatar
      Tele Vision

      My CTS-V is a 2007, made back when GM just crammed as many Corvette parts into an otherwise sedate Cadillac sedan. They should keep doing as such. All the dudes ( yes, men ) who want a powerful four-door American sedan are still alive and don’t give a care about Global Warming-turned-Climate Change. They also have a lot of money. They also don’t want to climb into – and out of – a Corvette every day. Caddy nailed this niche in 2004 but, trepidatiously, they made the Gen I a special order car. The Gen IIs were more available and sold much better. This Gen III garbage is tailspinning, in my opinion. Make with the big engines and opulence. I’ve talked to far more old boys about my car that I have young men. The old boys know what it is and, to a man, in the four years that I’ve owned it, every one of them has said they want either the original or the ‘new’ one.

  • avatar

    1. Caddy had a hybrid ?
    2. I wonder if that drivertrain is used elsewhere.
    3. Michigan only recently became a legal state but this car pre dates that…..
    4. How many did they sell…ultimate unicorn ?
    5. I’ve seen probably a half dozen CT6 here in the Green Leafy Burbs of NYC. I see more Tesla 3’s

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