This intel comes from GM Authority’s sister site Cadillac Society, which recently spoke to a source familiar with Cadillac’s new battery-electric luxury vehicle program. However, we already had a hunch the vehicle would slot into the D-segment after GM released a rendering of it at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, revealing a vehicle with what looked to be an XT5-sized footprint. It is also understood the production version of the EV will be heavily influenced by the design sketch.
GM indicated one of its next-generation EVs would be a mid-size crossover in a slide (above) that it showed to investors outlining its future EV strategy. A portion of a diagram in the slide is labeled “Centroid Entries,” which are the first EV next-gen models that GM is planning. One of those two “Centroid Entries” is a “Lux 3 SUV,” which is GM-speak for a D-segment or mid-size vehicle.
The electric Cadillac crossover, which will not have an alphanumeric name like ‘XT5,’ will also debut GM’s next-gen EV platform, called BEV3. Like other modern electric vehicle platforms, BEV3 will be highly scalable and will support either FWD, RWD or AWD. It will be used in a wide variety of electric GM vehicles going forward, including another small electric Cadillac crossover slated to arrive after the mid-size vehicle.
Cadillac Society’s sources said to expect “very interesting things” from the mid-size Cadillac EV with regard to driving dynamics as well, which also bodes well for other vehicles that will use BEV3.
The mid-size electric Cadillac crossover will make its official debut in April. However, it’s not clear if a production-ready version will be shown, as Cadillac has yet to show a physical concept version of the rendering. As of right now, the vehicle only exists on our computer screens, so it’d be a bit of a surprise if GM were to suddenly drop a production-ready version. We’re expecting to see a full-size concept in April before a production version is shown at a later date.
In addition to the two electric crossovers, an electric Cadillac Escalade is also believed to be in development. The vehicle, which will likely share the BT1 large electric vehicle platform with the GMC Hummer EV, is expected to travel up to 400 miles between charges.
This report was written in collaboration with our sister publication, Cadillac Society.