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New Cadillac EV Unexpectedly Revealed In Detroit

New Cadillac EV Unexpectedly Revealed In Detroit

Shortly after revealing the 2020 Cadillac XT6 three-row crossover ahead of the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the Wreath and Crest brand the luxury car brand has revealed its first electric vehicle (EV). The announcement was quite the surprise, since (almost) nobody expected the announcement.

From what we were able to see during the presentation in Detroit, the future Cadillac EV is a midsize crossover with two rows of seating for four or five passengers.

“Cadillac’s EV will hit the heart of the crossover market and meet the needs of customers around the world,” recently-appointed Cadillac president, Steve Carlisle, was quoted as saying in a press release. “It will represent the height of luxury and innovation while positioning Cadillac as the pinnacle of mobility.”

Aggressive Product Cadence

The name and additional details of the new Cadillac EV will be revealed closer to its launch. However, Cadillac did say that the vehicle is part of its aggressive product acceleration, which was announced during an investors conference on Friday, January 11th, 2018.

During the conference, Cadillac also briefly discussed the future Escalade as well as an upcoming performance sedan. A day later, it revealed the XT6 crossover SUV.

Overall, Cadillac will introduce new models at the rate of “roughly one every six months through 2021.”

New EV Platform

This new Cadillac EV crossover will be based on a new EV platform being developed by its parent. The architecture will be capable of supporting a wide variety of body styles.

In addition, the vehicles will be capable of being front-, rear- or all-wheel drive, and the output of their electric motors and battery systems will be capable of being adjusted based on vehicle characteristics, as needed.


March 2020: as we’ve come to learn a year after the debut of this unnamed Cadillac EV crossover, this concept foreshadows the upcoming Cadillac Lyriq electric crossover.

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Alex is the founder of Cadillac Society. He has a deep passion for automotive business strategy and enjoys driving his ATS sedan on twisty mountain roads.


  1. This was expected, but I believe it may be overpriced, over $70K and become unreachable for the middle class, such as myself (my home cost me $56k!). Unless GM applies this EV technology to lower cost models and increase interest, this new EV will have weak sales just as the ELR did.

  2. Made in China?

  3. Bring it on, then give us an ELF type performance coupe.

  4. ‘ELR’

  5. THIS is what the XT6 SHOULD have looked like… The new XT6 is a total let down compared to the Lincoln Aviator which screams class and luxury, plus is rear wheel drive. Clearly GM’s “process” needs dramatic change as the XT6 is so late to the parade and its not really even competitive w/the luxury leaders. The interior is typical GM junk w/cheap black plastic everywhere. Perhaps that interior is the “base” model but Cadillac is reestablishing itself and there is no room for “base” anything. It should be all out and a great value…

    GM says Cadillac is going to be the EV innovator which is a market that really is not yet here, will it be in the future, thats a gamble and Tesla is (not profitable) but has established itself as THE leader. HOWEVER, giving new technology to Cadillac 1st helps reverse the “Caddy is a re-bodied Chevy” history they’ve ingrained in the minds of buyers and enthusiasts. GM desperately needs better and more consistant marketing so its relevant and not an “also ran”. They constantly do the cut and runs as well which does not inspire buyers or the market. The ELR was a neat product and if it was $45K I suggest they might still be making it but what a boneheaded move $75K for a rebodied Volt… it was destined to fail.

    Agree with Catbert, it was recently annouced the CT6 isn’t dead which is wonderful news, except Americans are not going to like buying imported Cadillacs from China… GM is IMO dying and its really sad to see…

  6. I hope Cadillac can come up with a more creative name than “ELR”, And I certainly don’t think “Elf” would be a good name for an Electric Performance Coupe.


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