Cadillac rolled out XT5 and XT6 crossovers equipped with a 48-volt system that will give the luxury brand two core models with enhanced fuel efficiency and driving dynamics.
The system, comprised of a 48-volt motor, power battery, power management module and control unit, will improve fuel economy and driving performance for the two vehicles, GM’s China unit said.
The system, combined with GM’s 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine, can reduce fuel consumption of the XT5 and XT6 by 5 percent and 6 percent to 7.0 liters and 7.2 liters per 100 kilometers, respectively, according to GM China.
The system also provides a quieter, smoother and nimbler driving experience: In stop-and-go traffic, the 48-volt motor starts the vehicle with the instant release of torque; when the vehicle accelerates, the motor assists the engine to power the vehicle; when the vehicle is at cruising speed, the system recycles energy from the engine and stores it for future acceleration.
The XT5 and XT6 equipped with the system will reach dealership showrooms later this month at respective starting prices of 332,700 yuan ($51,500) and 392,700 yuan.
Cadillac’s 2020 sales in China rose 7.9 percent to just over 230,000 on strong demand for the XT4, XT5 and XT6, GM China said in January, without disclosing the volume for individual models.