General Motors officially presented the all-new Cadillac Optiq for the first time at the 2023 Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition – better known as the Guangzhou Auto Show – in China, where Cadillac’s new electric crossover made its global debut in front of the press and the public in general. The Optiq arrives to further expand the brand’s portfolio of zero-emission vehicles as the fourth member of the range after the Lyriq, Celestiq and Escalade IQ.
“The world unveil of the all-new Cadillac Optiq represents our full commitment to further expand the IQ EV family and pivot to an all-electric future,” said Vice President of Cadillac China, Tim Heile. “As the world’s largest EV market, China is strategically important for Cadillac. By the end of next year, Cadillac will introduce more new EVs in China as the brand strives to fulfill customers’ diverse preferences and reinvent luxury mobility,” he added.
Leaked by Chinese authorities last July, the all-new Cadillac Optiq is presented in the Asian country with its own interpretation of Cadillac’s new design language, which combines similar features to its bigger siblings, but adopting unique elements that give it a personality of its own. The sculpted front design stands out with a reduced grille module and the large boomerang-shaped full LED headlights – similar to those of the all-new Escalade IQ.
In addition, the rear portion of the Cadillac Optiq is also clearly inspired by the brand’s flagship zero-emission SUV with vertical, split taillights forming a futuristic-looking section. The more midsize rather than compact dimensions of the Optiq are reflected in the lateral design, composed of muscular shapes marked by prominent wheel arches and an ascending belt line that is combined with rear-quarter glass covered with horizontal striping.
The all-new Cadillac Optiq will be the first of three all-new electric vehicles that Cadillac will launch in China over the next year. As such, the Optiq is expected to begin production and go on sale in the Chinese market in early 2024, as the brand’s second zero-emissions model in that country. The Optiq is also already confirmed for North America as a 2025 model with details to be announced later.