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Cadillac CT6 plug-in hybrid to be imported from China, report says

The plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) version of Cadillac’s new prestige sedan, the CT6, will be built in China and imported into the North American market, according to several reports.

Imports from China are expected to start later this year, but the bulk of CT6 sales in North America are likely to be the gasoline-only CT6.

The Cadillac CT6 PHEV will use General Motors’ proven battery technology consisting of an 18.4 kWh lithium-ion pack located between the rear seat and the trunk. The battery system, comprised of 192 prismatic pouch cells, can be charged using a 120V or 240V charger. Meanwhile, the 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and electric motor are capable of producing a total of 335 hp and 432 lb-ft of torque.

According to the Detroit Free Press, Cadillac expects 90 per cent of plug-in to come from China.

In China, the CT6 will be assembled at a newer plant in Pudong Jinqiao, near Shanghai.

The gasoline-only CT6 will be built in the automaker’s Detroit-Hamtramck plant, with deliveries to dealerships expected to start in March.

The CT6 plug-in hybrid will be the second vehicle General Motors imports from China, after the Buick Envision.