Caddy’s very first all-electric vehicle, the Cadillac Lyriq crossover, made its debut two weeks ago in show car form, previewing the brand’s forthcoming EV future. Now, with a host of new Cadillac EV models just over the horizon, Cadillac Society has new details to report on one of the forthcoming models.
According to sources, the luxury brand is working towards development of a new Cadillac EV crossover that will be physically larger than the Lyriq, slotting into the E-segment with sizing similar to the current Cadillac XT6. However, this new model will be built on the new BEV3 platform, the dedicated next-gen all-electric platform that also underpins the Lyriq.
Assembly is expected to take place at the Spring Hill Assembly plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee, kicking off in 2024 for the 2025 model year.
It’s currently unclear what the new Cadillac EV will be called, however, it’s expected to carry one of two recently trademarked names – Optiq, or Symboliq. As Cadillac Society reported previously, Cadillac has filed trademarks for the names Symboliq and Optiq with the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property for use with “motorized land vehicles, namely automobiles.” Both names fall in line with Cadillac’s latest EV naming conventions, which incorporate the “iq” suffix with full, non-alphanumeric designations, unlike the current XT# and CT# naming convention.
Per the recent Sustainability Report from the Caddy’s parent company, General Motors, there are at least five Cadillac EV models slated for launch between the 2021 and 2025 calendar years. These include the Cadillac Lyriq, as well as the Cadillac Celestiq, the latter of which will be offered as the brand’s full-sized, hand-built sedan flagship.
The other three forthcoming Cadillac EV models will include a compact crossover that slots underneath the Lyriq and sized roughly equivalent to the Current Cadillac XT4, a three-row crossover slotted above the Lyriq that will be roughly the size of the Cadillac XT6, and a full-sized SUV offered as an electrified version of the Cadillac Escalade. The new model discussed above is believed to be the XT6-sized crossover.