A new report says that the advanced Cadillac CT6 plug-in hybrid will be imported into the United States from its Chinese production facility.
According to Bloomberg, while the CT6 will be produced at both the marque’s Detroit-Hamtrack Assembly Plant and in China, only the Chinese facility will be tasked with building the plug-in hybrid variant. When importation of that model commences, it will become just the second GM model imported into the U.S. from China following on from the Buick Envision.
According to the president of a Californian consulting firm, Eric Noble, “Longer term, we should see more of this because GM’s Chinese operations have every capability required to provide cars for North America. They would import here instead of from Europe because Chinese consumer tastes align more closely to American tastes than Europe’s ever did.”
A key reason why Cadillac is keen on importing a Chinese-built model into the U.S. rather than the other way around is that the Chinese government slap imported cars with high taxes, like for the Cadillac SRX crossover. It therefore makes more economic sense to switch things around and build cars in China and then export them internationally.
The Cadillac CT6 plug-in hybrid will combine a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine with an electric variable transmission incorporating two electric motors and an 18.4 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. All up, the model is expected to produce 335 hp and 432 lb-ft of torque.