With every month, Cadillac’s future strategy becomes just a little more defined. President Johan de Nysschen affirmed in a Bloomberg report published on Monday that Cadillac will once again be General Motors’ debut division—new technology and breakthroughs will continuously show up on Cadillacs first, then trickle down to other brands.
But, even GM’s future electric-car strategy banks heavily on Cadillac. de Nysschen told Bloomberg that the brand he oversees will get a “disproportionate share” of the 20 new electric cars coming by 2023. We can assume many of these cars will suit the Chinese market as the country cracks down on emissions and pollution.
A previous flowchart depicted 11 of the 20 electric cars under development, and we can begin to pinpoint which vehicles will likely bow with the Cadillac crest. Four of the 11 vehicles contain the “Lux” descriptor. When the chart first made its way to the internet, we assumed the descriptor likely meant a Cadillac or Buick. However, with de Nyscchen’s comments, we can better assume these cars will be Cadillacs.
Specifically, the chart names a “Lux low-roof” car, a luxurious five-passenger SUV, a luxurious compact crossover and a large luxurious seven-passenger SUV. That makes four potential new Cadillac electric cars on the way. Meanwhile, we know the brand will replace the ATS, CTS and XTS with two new sedans and the 2019 XT4 will bow this year. An XT3 and XT6 are still on the table.
It’s unclear if these battery-electric cars potentially represent what could be the XT3 and XT6, or if they will be all-new nameplates in addition to the blossoming Cadillac portfolio. And maybe, just maybe, the “expressive, lux low-roof” car will be the brand’s uncertain flagship vehicle.