Harvey provided no names or other details, with the exception of mentioning GM has slated a 2024 start of regular production (SORP) for all three EVs, and at least one of them will be manufactured in multiple locations. This production schedule makes it likely the trio will be 2025 model-year vehicles.
GM Authority expects one of the vehicles to be a compact crossover positioned below the Cadillac Lyriq. After GM showed dealers a photo of planned a electric crossover in March 2022, a heavily camouflaged sub-Lyriq prototype was photographed by our spies during public testing on Michigan roads in August 2022.
This sighting followed unconfirmed rumors predicting the small electric Cadillac crossover’s arrival in late 2024 – now apparently confirmed by Rory Harvey – and its production at GM’s Ramos Arizpe plant in Mexico.
Analysis of the spy shots by GM Authority led to the conclusion that the small Cadillac EV will probably sport an exterior resembling the overall shape of the Chevy Equinox EV, with a few differences. Some notable divergences already visible despite the camo include narrower rear doors and a beefier rear pillar.
The small electric Cadillac crossover, which will be roughly the same size as the compact Cadillac XT4 crossover, could wear one of several names GM filed to trademark, some as recently as November and December 2022. These include Ascendiq, as well as Vistiq and a refiling of the previously expired Optiq trademark application. The General also filed to trademark Lumistiq in 2021.
The other two upcoming electric vehicles are expected to be the regular-wheelbase Cadillac Escalade IQ and the extended-wheelbase Cadillac Escalade IQL. During the November 2022 GM Investor Day presentation, GM President Mark Reuss confirmed the upcoming arrival of fully electric, full-size Cadillac SUVs, which should debut in 2024.
GM recently filed to trademark the Cadillac Escalade IQ and Escalade IQL names. The electric Escalade lineup may evolve into its own sub-brand, with potential models including an all-terrain off-road-capable “carlike” crossover. The sub-brand could also include a new luxury MPV that might be exclusive to China.
Of interest to potential buyers of these upcoming EVs is the fact Cadillac vehicles ranked highly in the recently published 2022 J.D. Power U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study. Cadillac registered a score of 168 in Problems Per 100 Vehicles, well above the 192 industry average noted by the research firm’s study. This also placed Cadillac vehicles above Lincoln, BMW, Infiniti, Jaguar and Volvo in terms of reliability.