During the 2020 Barclays Global Automotive Conference that took place on November 19th, General Motors announced plans to introduce a total of four electric Cadillac models by 2025.
Before those four new Cadillac EVs come to market, GM will launch the Cadillac Lyriq crossover. The Lyriq will launch in the first quarter of 2022, an entire nine months ahead of its originally-scheduled launch.
After the Lyriq, the four new electric Cadillac models will include an electric version of the Cadillac Escalade, which might be called Cadillac Escalade EV. The full-size luxury SUV will use the same BT1 platform as the GMC Hummer EV and will offer at least a 400-mile range thanks to the Ultium battery shared with the aforementioned Hummer EV.
From there, two electric Cadillac crossovers will arrive by 2020 that will fit below and above the Lyriq in terms of size and pricing. GM filed to trademark the names Optiq and Symboliq back in July, and it’s likely that the names are earmarked for these two luxury CUVs. Both models are expected to ride on the same GM BEV3 platform as the Lyriq, while utilizing Ultium batteries.
The final electric Cadillac vehicle will be a new sedan known as the Celestiq. The Celestiq will mostly be hand-built and will slot as Cadillac’s flagship vehicle, with a starting price in the $200,000 range.
On top of the four Cadillac EV models, GM also mentioned new “low-roof entries.” These will be either new passenger cars like sedans or “four-door coupe” versions of existing models, such as crossovers.
By the time 2025 rolls around, the Cadillac CT5 and CT4 sedans will be reaching the end of their respective lifecycles. It’s currently unclear what the future holds for these two ICE-powered models. As of this writing, there are no plans to electrify either the CT4 or CT5, though it is possible that the two vehicles will be redesigned as EVs on the BEV3 architecture. Another possibility is for the two models to be overhauled or othwerwise updated using internal combustion engines.