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Electrified rides appear to be a big push for many automakers who manufacture them. If you crave utmost dynamism from a sedan, then the 2018 Cadillac CT6 plug-in hybrid luxury sedan is it.

The last time the American manufacturer tried its hand at electromobility, they created the luxurious ELR which was eye candy but a real marketing bust. Cadillac’s CT6 plug-in seems to have all of the right ingredients to make for a successful all-year round performer and is the way forward.  Sadly, even though the five-seater has been around for a couple of years, it is a sleeper because many folks are still unfamiliar with it.

The gas-electric CT6 exudes bold-face confidence. It has a muscular stance, sweeping lines, overall neat exterior design and tasteful chrome touches. Upfront, the sedan boasts a bold and distinctive grille, sleek-n-slender vertical bright LED headlamps that emit a glow. The vehicle’s rear has large angular LED taillights and quad tailpipe exhaust. The mark of stately refinement also has an overall commanding stance.

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It is all about the grand life inside the plug-in. A thoughtfully-detailed, roomy and richly appointed cabin that gives any Euro a run for their money, the CT6 plug-in certainly does not disappoint. There are handstitched leather touches throughout the Caddie’s interior, and the heated/ventilated seating (rear outboard seats are also heated) is back-soothingly-bolstered. There is more than ample head, and legroom front and rear, and armrests are comfortably coddled by the center and door armrests (crucial for road tripping). Since the system’s battery lives in the trunk, the regular CT6’s 15.3 cubic feet of cargo space gets chopped down to 10.6, but you can still manage to get quite a number of suitcases and grocery store hauls in there without breaking a sweat.

There are loads of tech features in the CT6 plug-in, but again, nothing requires a degree in rocket science! A few of the sedan’s tech standouts include–Rear Camera Mirror, Adaptive Cruise Control, Surround Vision Recorder, Head-Up Display, rear seat infotainment, Bose Premium sound with 10 speakers (with a magnificent sound quality), Cadillac’s CUE infotainment system centered on a 10.2-inch touchscreen, OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with Wi-Fi hotspot and supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Putting power to the road, the CT6 plug-in blocks out harsh outside noises and totally ensconces you in comfy quietude. Going over the road’s worst is perfectly absorbed, and barely translated to the vehicle’s occupants. The rear-wheel-drive sedan pairs two electric motors with a revised version of the turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine from the base CT6 to form a 2-mode hybrid system with an output of 335 hp and 432 lb-ft of torque. The vehicle is rated at 62 MPGe combined with an all-electric range of 31 miles, and charging a depleted battery via a 120V or 240V outlet can take around 4.5 hours. Overall, maneuvering the Caddie CT6 plug-in is impressively effortless for a vehicle of its size. It has plenty of power for passing and cruising, feels lightweight, and has road-holding attributes that make it pleasurable to drive.

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Safety features include a rear camera mirror, OnStar with auto crash notification, front pedestrian braking, lane keep assist, night vision, surround vision, head-up display, blind spot detection and automatic parking assist with braking.

The 2018 CT6 plug-in hybrid raises the bar for the full-size sedan segment for styling and interior space. It also offers plenty of primo features that make it one smooth, comfy and classy chariot. The feature-filled powerful sedan is worth a look particularly for those who are eco-conscious and who want nothing short of pure luxury.

Prices start at $67,595.  Need more info?


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