The first dedicated, battery electric vehicle from Cadillac will go on sale for the 2022 calendar year, GM Authority’s sister site, Cadillac Society, exclusively reported this week.
While the debut of the first true Cadillac EV is still a couple years out, it will be followed shortly after by a slew of other battery electric offerings from the brand.
As was reported this past week, GM is placing emphasis on battery electric offerings going forward, believing that plug-in hybrids are an unnecessary stop-gap between ICE and EV.
The automaker first showed its vision for Cadillac’s first-ever EV at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, sending media images of an unnamed, digitally-rendered electric crossover. It didn’t bring a physical version of the concept to the show, however, and it’s not clear if it plans on producing an actual concept before the production version.
General Motors is currently benchmarking a variety of battery electric crossovers from rival automakers, including the Audi e-Tron and Tesla Model X. It is believed that the first dedicated Cadillac EV will take a similar approach as those midsize electric crossovers, offering up similar dimensions, performance, range and features.
These future Cadillac EV models are expected to be built on an all-new, next-generation platform from GM called BEV3, or Battery Electric Vehicle 3 (three being for third generation). We hear this platform will be highly flexible, allowing it to underpin front-, rear-, and all-wheel-drive vehicles across a variety of size segments.
As we reported previously, the next-generation Cadillac Escalade will also spawn a pure electric version with about 400 miles of range on tap. The standard gasoline version of the SUV will debut for the 2021 model year, with the electric model coming at a later date. To be clear, the aforementioned electric Cadillac crossover and the electric Escalade are separate vehicle programs.
Source: Cadillac Society