Cadillac does not sell any electric vehicles at present, but things are changing very rapidly. So much so that Cadillac EVs are expected to represent half of the luxury brand’s lineup as soon as 2025, according to a new forecast jointly created by GM Authority and our sister publication, Cadillac Society.
The first of these will be the Cadillac Lyriq midsize crossover, which was revealed as a near production-ready show car in August of this year. Expected to feature a 100 kWh lithium-ion battery and have a range of over 300 miles on a full charge, the Lyriq is due to go on sale in the first quarter of 2022, a remarkable nine months ahead of the originally planned launch date.
The Lyriq will be followed by two more crossover Cadillac EVs which are expected to be called Optiq and Symboliq. As first uncovered by GM Authority, General Motors filed both names to be trademarked in Switzerland on July 22nd 2020. One of these will be larger and the other will be smaller than the Lyriq. The larger of the two will have three rows of seating.
Cadillac is also expected to bring an electric version of the fifth-generation Escalade to market. Likely to be named the Escalade EV, engineers are looking to achieve a driving range of over 400 miles on a single charge.
Next on the list of future Cadillac EVs is a described so far only as the “low-roof” EV. Very little is known about this model, but GM Authority understands that it be something of a cross between a sedan and a four-door crossover coupe.
The last of the projected luxury electric vehicles is a new flagship sedan called Celestiq. Believed to share some styling cues with the Escala concept which appeared at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the crown of the Cadillac range will be mostly hand-built and almost carry a starting price of over $200,000.
|ICE / BEV||2021 MY ICE||2021 MY BEV||2025 MY ICE||2025 MY BEV|
|Cadillac Full-Size EV SUV||BEV||x|
|Cadillac Optiq (CUV)||BEV||x|
|Cadillac Symboliq (CUV)||BEV||x|
|Cadillac Low-Roof EV||BEV||x|
Cadillac will undoubtedly still be selling ICE models in 2025, but the transition to EVs will be more than underway by then. This means big changes for Cadillac dealers, who will have to invest in training and equipment in order to keep up. This will be particularly difficult for low-volume outlets and those based in rural areas, so General Motors has offered a buyout package for those who want to avoid it.
This post was created in collaboration with our sister publication, Cadillac Society.