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New plug-in hybrids from Audi, BMW and Cadillac

BMW, Cadillac and Audi all took the grandiose stage of the Shanghai Auto Show to reveal each of their takes on plug-in hybrid (PHEV) vehicles.


The Cadillac CT6, revealed last month at the New York International Auto Show will get a PHEV version, powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged motor paired with an electric motor. Combined power is a claimed 335 horsepower and 432 lb.-ft. of torque. In addition, a new “Electric Variable Transmission” and regenerative braking will also be added. A “Hold” drive mode joins “Normal” and “Sport” and when active, it locks out the EV motor and runs solely on gas, so you can save EV power for the city, where it’s most needed. Cadillac is claiming the CT6 can run in EV mode for 60 kilometres, and will use only 2.0L/100 km of fuel on average.


Over at BMW, we find an X5 xDrive40e, a PHEV SUV with a four-cylinder turbo motor combined with an electric offering. The 8-speed transmission from the standard X5 remains. The gas motor produces 313 hp, while the EV unit adds an additional 184 hp to the total, with torque rated at a combined 400 lb.-ft. The eDrive system balances the gas and electric motor usage depending on which drive mode you’re in (Comfort, Sport, Eco Pro). Combined fuel consumption is rated at 3.4L/100 km, with the ability to drive in full-EV mode for 31 km.


Audi brought forth its A6L e-tron, a long-wheelbase version of the A6 that we probably won’t be seeing in North America, but Audi should be able to apply e-tron tech to the regular-wheelbase car. Its four-cylinder turbo engine makes 242 hp and 369 lb.-ft, which, makes it the least powerful model of the A6 range. Its efficiency should make up for that, however; Audi is claiming 2.2L/100 km and an all-EV range of 50 km on a full charge.

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