The GM Design team has just shared a new sketch of an unnamed Cadillac crossover, potentially providing an idea of the bold styling the luxury marque is aiming for in future projects.
Penned by Cadillac designer Jason Chen and posted on its Instagram account, the sketch shows the side-profile of what likely serves as inspiration of a future Cadillac crossover.
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The post is captioned as “High contrast. High impact”, and the sketch certainly exemplifies this ethos. The crossover has many sharp lines and rides on enormous wheels. The most striking visual is the vehicle’s shooting-brake silhouette, making it look like it’s moving at high speeds even while sitting still.
This sketch is likely the design inspiration for an upcoming XT4-sized Cadillac electric crossover that will slot below the Cadillac Lyriq. In fact, comparing the sketch to a prototype of a Cadillac EV crossover spied back in August reveals various design similarities.
GM Authority has previously reported on the aforementioned XT4-sized electric Cadillac crossover, which we expect to utilize a downsized version of the GM BEV3 platform, the same architecture that underpins the current Cadillac Lyriq. We also expect that this forthcoming Cadillac EV will utilize GM’s Ultium modular battery design and Ultium Drive electric motors.
In addition to this small electric crossover, Cadillac recently revealed the Celestiq show car as a lightly-veiled preview of its upcoming ultra-luxurious full-size sedan. Not including the Lyriq, at least four new electric Cadillac models will be added to the brand’s product portfolio between now and 2025, including a crossover to slot above the Lyriq and two electric Cadillac Escalade models, which per recent trademark filings are expected to be called Escalade IQ and Escalade IQL.
As for the sub-Lyriq crossover, it will likely end up wearing the Cadillac Optiq moniker, per the marque’s direction to use the “IQ” suffix to name its EVs. Beyond Optiq, GM has also moved to trademark Symboliq and Ascendiq.