Cadillac’s future all-electric compact crossover, which we at GM Authority have been reporting as the sub-Lyriq EV, has just been fully leaked in China as the upcoming Cadillac Optiq.
The Asian country’s authorities have published the future product statement of the SAIC-GM joint venture for the upcoming Cadillac Optiq, revealing the first photos and main features of the model before the automaker officially revealed it. In fact, this leak confirms the official name of the luxury brand’s new zero-emission crossover that will be positioned below the Cadillac Lyriq.
Leaked images show that the upcoming Cadillac Optiq will introduce its own interpretation of Cadillac’s new design language, featuring similar styling cues to those of the Lyriq, but with unique elements that set it apart from its big brother. In this sense, the Optiq has a very sculpted frontal design that includes a smaller grille module and large boomerang-shaped full LED headlights that give it its own personality.
Meanwhile, the upcoming Cadillac Optiq’s profile features muscular shapes marked by prominent wheel arches and a rising beltline that combines with an accentuated C-pillar to give it an edgy look. In addition, the all-new Optiq adopts rear-quarter glass with a gradient horizontal line pattern that matches the top of the vertical taillamp clusters, forming a very futuristic looking rear section.
As for dimensions, the Cadillac Optiq measures 189.8 inches in length, 75.3 inches in width and 64.7 inches in height, while riding on a 116.3-inch wheelbase identical to that of the all-new Chevy Equinox EV, Buick Electra E5 and Electra E4 – which all use the same variant of the GM BEV3 platform. The leak shows that the Optiq will feature a rear Ultium Drive motor with two power outputs, 150 kW or 201 horsepower and 180 kW or 241 horsepower.
The upcoming all-new Cadillac Optiq will make its world debut in the second half of this year, possibly in China where the introduction of the luxury brand’s second Ultium-based model has already been anticipated by the GM joint venture before the end of the 2023 calendar year. The Optiq is expected to be manufactured both in the Asian country and in North America, where it will expand Cadillac’s growing range of electric vehicles.