Back in 2019, GM-owned luxury brand Cadillac proclaimed that it would slowly transition to an all-electric vehicle portfolio by 2030. This transition is set to happen a bit more quickly than some may have anticipated, with the Cadillac Escalade set to become the brand’s sole remaining internal-combustion engine vehicle by as early as 2026.
According to a new report from Automotive News, the Cadillac Escalade will be the only internal-combustion engine product in the luxury automaker’s portfolio by 2026 and will be sold alongside the expected battery-electric Escalade model – which could be called Escalade IQ. This means internal-combustion engine Cadillac models like the Cadillac CT4 and CT5 sedans, as well as the XT4, XT5 and XT6 crossovers, will all be discontinued over the next four years. They will be indirectly replaced by battery-electric crossovers and sedans in the near future.
GM Authority has previously uncovered a number of trademark applications for future Cadillac vehicle names, including Optiq, Symboliq, Ascendiq, Lumistiq and Vistiq. All future Cadillac EV models are expected to adopt this naming convention, which replaces the current alphanumeric names with traditional names ending in the ‘-iq’ suffix. The automaker also has a large battery-electric luxury sedan in development called the Cadillac Celestiq, which retail for up to $300,000 and will be hand-built in small quantities at the GM Warren Tech center in Michigan.
Cadillac is far from the only luxury brand to commit to a full EV product portfolio by 2030. Its crosstown rival Lincoln has the same plan, as does Korean luxury brand Genesis, Swedish premium brand Volvo and German luxury giant Mercedes-Benz. Buick will also transition to a full EV portfolio by 2030 following the introduction of its first EV model in 2024.