Last week, GM Authority exclusively covered the upcoming Cadillac Optiq’s image leak in China. Although the future sub-Lyriq crossover was expected to be an EV equivalent in size to the entry-level Cadillac XT4, the Optiq is actually more midsize than compact.
The upcoming Cadillac Optiq data sheet leaked by the Asian country’s authorities reveals that Cadillac’s second all-electric crossover is really bigger than many of us expected, with a body that is more midsize than compact, eye-catching and very revealing in the brand’s growing family of electric utility vehicles. In fact, the Optiq’s dimensions not only exceed those of the Cadillac XT4, but also those of the Cadillac XT5.
|Wheelbase (in./mm)||109.4 / 2780||112.5 / 2857||116.3 / 2954||121.8 / 3094|
|Length (in./mm)||181.1 / 4600||189.6 / 4815||189.8 / 4822||196.7 / 4996|
|Width (in./mm)||74.1 / 1880||74.9 / 1903||75.3 / 1912||77.8 / 1976|
|Height (in./mm)||64.1 / 1630||65.9 / 1675||64.7 / 1644||63.9 / 1623|
In particular, the official future product statement from the SAIC-GM joint venture states that the Cadillac Optiq measures 189.8 inches in length, 75.3 inches in width, and 64.7 inches in height, while resting on a 116.3-inch wheelbase. As such, the all-new Optiq ranks well above the compact-sized Cadillac XT4 and is slightly bigger than the current XT5 – 0.2 inches longer and 0.4 inches wider than the midsize crossover.
While electric vehicles are redefining traditional segments and are often larger than their internal combustion counterparts, the Cadillac Optiq’s more midsize than compact dimensions give us a better idea of its role and positioning in the brand’s product strategy. What’s more, they reveal that there’s room enough for at least one more model below it in Cadillac’s electric crossover lineup.
In any case, the all-new Cadillac Optiq is a new member of the zero-emissions portfolio and will sit below the Cadillac Lyriq in the family. The Optiq stands out for embracing its own interpretation of Cadillac’s new design language, with a highly sculpted front end that includes a smaller grille panel and large boomerang-shaped full-LED headlamps. The side and rear also have unique styling elements that give it its own personality.
The upcoming Cadillac Optiq will make its global debut sometime in the second half of this year and is already confirmed for a commercial launch during that period in China, where it will be manufactured at the automaker’s new Wuhan Ultium Center factory to supply the local market. The Optiq is also expected to be manufactured at a North American plant for commercialization in that region and other international markets around the world.