Published on 23 Jan 2013 by Dan Read
This is Cadillac’s take on the burgeoning hybrid market. The petrol / electric hybrid is based on the Chevrolet Volt but significant changes have been made to push the car into the premium sector of the market. The coupe shape is the most obvious change. As well as being more attractive than the Chevrolet, at just 0.305 coefficient of drag it’s also more aerodynamic. Every light in the car, whether it’s inside or outside is an LED which adds a quality feel, and the engine has even been tweaked.
A lighter 16.5 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that’s similar to the batteries used in laptops and mobile phones is placed in the centre of the chassis to feed the A/C 3-phase electric motors. When they’re out they are regenerated by the 1.4 litre four-cylinder petrol engine. The Caddy has 207 hp and the same amount of pound-feet of torque as a BMW M3 (295 ft·lb). Paddle shifters and regenerative power when braking are a few of the technologies owners can expect. A total charge time of 4.5 hours sounds good to us, although that’s only achievable with a 240-volt outlet. The plug in your home will take up to 12 hours to offer the same charge. When charged you’ll get an all-electric range of 35 miles.
With 20 inch wheels and a shape that doesn’t scream out loud that this is a hybrid vehicle, the Cadillac could be the car that pushing hybrids towards a mainstream market in America. Whether it will ever see the light of day in the UK remains to be seen as we haven’t been made aware of any plans for a British launch.