Four New Electric Cadillac Models To Join Lyriq By 202521
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.
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Cadillac making news 4 EV models 1 a new Flagship Sedan and a return to names on the new models. You listening Jim Farley Ford – Lincoln someone is still going to be building American SEDANS in the future
I wonder how many years the Lincoln name has left to it. Aviator is doing well enough but it seems to be at the expense of all the other models. Everyone thought the newest Navigator was going to murder the Escalade, but sales are about what they were a couple years ago. The new Escalade will likely tamp down Navigator sales further.
Move CT5 back to a family of vehicles similar to how the second generation CTS had the sedan, coupe and wagon. Drop CT4. Not everyone will be able to afford a $200k sedan…but there will be demand for expressive, low-roof vehicles – especially with the performance pedigree that CTS launched with the V brand. Electrification offers even more performance and the ability to drop different bodies on the platform. The CT5 is already a well sized vehicle, electrification would only help with packaging. This family of vehicles will cover the bulk of the market and be a great competitor to Model 3 and i4.
The segment where the CT4 competes is the only sedan segment that’s actually growing, rather than contracting. It’s not wise to drop product in a growth segment. Another reason that dropping the CT4 is a bad idea: it serves as a very solid entry point into the Cadillac brand.
CT4 and CT5 are fine the way they are today (though a few product-specific improvements should be made). Bringing them over to EVs would require a clean-sheet design on BEV3, but at that point, the product will no longer be called CT4 or CT5.
looks like both would be dropped after their lifecycle along with all xt’s. And it will be good, cause whole caddy lineup is weak now, except Esc. Sedans are mediocre for it class, fwd XT 4/5/6 doesn’t look premium at all comparing to genesis and Lincoln, not even talking about germans.
Cadillac need complete overhaul to EV based lineup. I just hope they keep relatively cheap entry sedan for the brand EV based or not.
“Sedans are mediocre for it class”
Let’s see how that translates into actual sales once inventory has leveled out.
“fwd XT 4/5/6 doesn’t look premium at all comparing to genesis and Lincoln, not even talking about germans.”
Now I find that statement contradictory. The entire Lincoln crossover lineup is also FWD-based, with only one model (Aviator) being rear-drive based. And despite the hooing and hawing from the peanut gallery, the FWD-based XT6 is outselling the RWD-based Aviator:
That said, I do agree with you: the sooner Cadillac can make the transition away from the current lineup, the better. But it’s also important to recognize that it’s doing on a scale of decent to well with the existing lineup, just as well.
Not everyone? How about very few?
Really want to see the celestiq. 200k is pricey but really intrigued by the idea.
I will love to see all of the new Cadillacs.
The interiors will be the most interesting.
However what this Cadillac customer wants from Cadillac is the current CT5 with a better than Chevrolet interior !
The 3.0TT is ” Good Enough ” yet I would prefer the 2.7T – 10 speed and a window in the C-pillar !
Add the ( what we saw a little of ) Lyriq interior to the CT5 and I will be in line !
But just remember
THERE IS NOTHING HERE YET JUST MORE TALK !!!!!!
Remember how GREAT the last onslaught of Cadillacs was —— BLAAAAAAAAAAH GM FWD BLAAAAAAH great sedans with 2.0T BLAAAAAAH and cheap a$$ Chevrolet interiors !!!
2025 seems a long way off especially considering gm was recently touting how electric vehicles enabled them to develop vehicles a lot faster.
I suspect the Celestiq will be the last of the first group of electric Cadillacs to break cover. It’s important, but if I were GM I’d get the more mainstream product out first.
The Celestiq, from what I’ve read, will be a wonderful halo product. I think most will be bought in China and the Mid-East. In the US it will attract successful Athletes and Musicians/Performers. The Modern Aristocracy. At 1.5 a day (about 240 a year) it should be around for a while. I do hope it’s successful.
It might even find a few European buyers. It’s going to be everything Europeans imagine a Cadillac to be. Very large, very luxurious, but with none of the usual fossil fuel issues.
That being said, I hope for a BEV Cadillac sedan in the $50-60k range.
Steve – 2025 will be when the LAST of the EV Cadillac products in question launches, and that will be the Celestiq.
ok. thanks for pointing that out. it just gets a bit confusing because gm seems to put out these “X new EVs by 202Y” every couple of weeks now.
so maybe the celestiq will be the last to arrive because it will have the 2nd generation battery with the higher density?
And they all have stupid names
Interested in the future ICE “low roof” and Celestiq sedans..
They’ll have to rearrange the batteries to have a sedan-like roof. GM’s battery packs are much taller than Tesla’s. Or you can drive recumbent.
What’s up with the garbage naming scheme? This brand has lost its way.
We have a 2020 CT6 Premium Luxury. This is our 4th BIG Caddy sedan. I had an SRX trying out a CUV, not what we wanted and traded it in 9 months for an XTS as that was the big sedan available at the time.
I want a big sedan, but not $200K. I took my CT6 in for service and was given a CT5 as an overnight loaner…OMG, it’s a dressed up Malibu and nothing like a “real” Cadillac. I still like my ICE, holding judgement on an EV until I see the Lyriq even though we don’t like the SUV/CUV platforms. Not every buyer wants a small car (read as CT4/CT5) or an SUV/CUV which is just an over-dressed minivan.
We shopped Tesla before ordering our 2nd CT6. No service in our area and it’s not a very comfortable car. Mercedes wasn’t out of the question until it would cost $2K for a leather interior instead of plasticky looking vinyl. BMW is overpriced and frankly ugly. Lexus, why pay more for a Camary and the front end? Good Greif, how much bigger does it need to be?
GM…think about buyers in the US! China and Asia aren’t the only sedan buyers.
“I want a big sedan, but not $200K. I took my CT6 in for service and was given a CT5 as an overnight loaner…OMG, it’s a dressed up Malibu”
Not following your logic here. The CT5 shares nothing with the Malibu. If nothing else, the CT5 is a smaller CT6.
It sounds like your “take” stems from a lack of understanding of the type of vehicle that the CT5 is, the type of vehicles it competes against, or the target customer. Is it a CT6? No. Can it be equated to a smaller CT6? Absolutely.
I don’t think the CT5 and CT4 will die in 2025. Isn’t the plan to offer an EV Cadillac in every segment alongside the ICE cars at least until EVs are more accessible along with better infrastructure ?
“The Celestiq will mostly be hand-built and will slot as Cadillac’s flagship vehicle, with a starting price in the $200,000 range”
Heck yeah, this is what i’m talking about, stop trying to under cut Europeans, nobody cares the cheaper car in luxury market, in contrary, this class of buyers move heaven and earth to buy the most expensive one they can afford to fulfill their empty souls and gain “status”. That’s why pay two times three times more to buy European brand names.
On second thought if this thing really will be hand made then they should charge 400K rather than 200K for it because if this is the case it would put it into Rolls-Royce category rather than lame mass market production S series. Cadillac need to regain its mojo and the task can only be accomplished by a halo car that would decorate Gen Z’s dorm room walls.