Cadillac first announced its electric crossover at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show last January, when it showed a digital rendering of the vehicle during a media presentation. While the luxury brand did not have a physical concept to present at the show, it promised the battery-powered crossover would be its first production electric vehicle and would debut its new flexible EV architecture.
Reuss also said during this week’s Capital Markets Day Presentation that Cadillac “will offer mostly electric vehicles by the end of this decade,” and reiterated that “the brand’s EVs will have names that are words — not alpha-numeric designations.” The electric Cadillac crossover’s name and other details, such as its performance and range, are not known at this time.
Additionally, Reuss dropped some more information on the flexible architecture that will underpin the new electric Cadillac crossover. The executive described the platform as being almost like an ice cube tray, with the battery cells being the cubes. The design enables GM to easily add and remove the cells as needed, allowing the platform to underpin a wide variety of vehicles – from small sedans to large SUVs and more.
“It allows us to use as many battery packs as the vehicle specifications call for,” Reuss said. “Six for a smaller EV, or we can go up to 8, 10, 12, or even 24 [battery modules] stacked on top of each other. It allows for significant improvements over the previous generations, including larger footprint [vehicles] with lower height, higher energy density, a flexible modular design, and DC fast charging.”
The electric Cadillac crossover, like the GMC Hummer EV, will benefit from GM’s partnership with Korean battery manufacturer LG Chem. The two companies will open a new battery plant in Ohio this year, which will supply lithium-ion battery cells for many of GM’s future EVs. Reuss also said the battery technology it has developed with LG Chem could be a new revenue stream for it in the future, with the company perhaps acting as a battery supplier to other automotive manufacturers.
In addition to the new electric crossover, Cadillac is also believed to be working on an electric version of its new Escalade SUV, which will be able to travel about 400 miles between charges. The electric Escalade is not expected to debut until later on the SUV’s lifecycle, though, so you can expect the electric crossover to hit the market first.