It appears Cadillac had more in store for the 2019 North American International Auto Show than just the 2020 Cadillac XT6. General Motors’ luxury division shocked with its first electric car: a future Cadillac electric SUV with no official name, at least at this point in time.
The Cadillac EV was initially hinted by GM President Mark Reuss during last Friday’s Capital Markets Day, which briefed investors and financial analysts on GM’s near term future plans that also touched on the next-generation 2020 Cadillac Escalade, 2020 GMC Sierra HD, and the latest from Cruise Automation. GM stock surged shortly after.
The Sunday announcement was brief, but Steve Carlisle, Cadillac President, said, “Cadillac’s EV will hit the heart of the crossover market and meet the needs of customers around the world. It will represent the height of luxury and innovation while positioning Cadillac as the pinnacle of mobility.”
Cadillac will spearhead all of GM’s future electrification efforts, which seem to start with this future Cadillac EV SUV. Although this isn’t the edgy coupe we spotted in a patented design last year, the general design direction of the electric SUV echoes the design language of the Cadillac Escala Concept from 2016, as well as the 2020 Cadillac XT6 three-row crossover.
The electric SUV wears a brawny stance, and we see a little bit of Chevrolet crossover design coming through in the front fascia. Specifically, we can’t help but see resemblances to the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer. Official photos of the rear were not released. Ditto for the interior.
Yet, this is a clear evolution of Cadillac design. Like the XT6, the electric Cadillac SUV sports horizontal headlight, razor thin at that. Vertical accent lights are in place, which recalls numerous modern-day Cadillac vehicles. However, since there isn’t a traditional grille, designers clearly sculpted the front end to mimic the large shield grille treatment found on the CT6 sedan, XT4 crossover, and other recent vehicles from the luxury brand.
We also notice an updated Cadillac badge at the front without the division’s traditional colors. Instead, it appears this badge is an illuminated representation of the Cadillac shield.
The brand said today’s announcement is meant to highlight Cadillac’s slew of new vehicles coming, with a new vehicle launch coming every six months through 2021. The SUV’s name and other specifications will be released closer to its launch date, according to the company. Expect rear- and all-wheel-drive layouts, and over 300 miles of range from the electric powertrain. This Cadillac SUV will also be the first model to ride on GM’s BEV3 platform—a scalable electric-car architecture that will be used across GM’s brands in the future.
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