In Shanghai, GM Executive Director for Electrification Larry Nitz outlined the company’s short-term electrification roadmap for China. Expansion of GM’s electrified vehicle portfolio in China will be led by the Chevrolet Malibu XL Hybrid (earlier post) and Buick LaCrosse Hybrid (earlier post) as well as the Cadillac CT6 plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) (earlier post) that will be introduced in the market later this year.
GM’s full hybrid electric system debuting on the Malibu XL Hybrid and LaCrosse Hybrid is driven by a new direct-injected 1.8L four-cylinder engine mated to an integrated and modular two-motor electric drive unit, which is powered by an 80-cell, 1.5-kWh high-performance lithium-ion battery pack.
The LaCrosse Hybrid will be a segment fuel efficiency leader for the Buick brand. It is expected to achieve fuel economy of 4.7L/100 km (50 mpg US). The Malibu XL Hybrid is expected to achieve fuel economy of 4.3L/100 km (55 mpg US).
The CT6 PHEV will be capable of 80 km (50 miles) of all-electric range. Paired with Cadillac’s 2.0L turbo four-cylinder gasoline engine, it will offer estimated fuel efficiency of approximately 1.7L/100 km (138 mpg US)—the best in the luxury plug-in hybrid segment.
Through its SAIC-GM joint venture, GM plans to fully localize its battery packs for new energy vehicles via investment in a battery assembly plant in Shanghai.