Cadillac Optiq: Even GM needs a small electric luxury SUV
As expected, Cadillac is growing its lineup of electric SUVs from one to two, downsizing as it adds.
Meet the Optiq. Smaller than the Lyriq, which we drove back in June of 2022, its battery and motors will likely share basic ingredients with other electric vehicles in the General Motors catalog. All signs point to it riding on a variant of GM’s BEV3 platform, making it closely related to the Lyriq, Chevy Blazer EV, and Chevy Equinox EV.
We can guesstimate the powertrain specs of the Optiq based on the Blazer, but we’re definitely guessing, because Cadillac was precious with details: Probably single- or dual-motor configurations, the former with the higher range (300 miles) and the lower output (210 hp), the second with inferior range (280) but superior power (290). Both versions will likely be able to charge at 150kW via DC fast-charging, though most people will top up each day at home or at work using a 240-volt Level 2 charger.
This tinier electric Caddy is also saddled with the same silly “-iq” suffix as all other battery-powered Cadillacs, including the genuinely majestic, built-to-order Celestiq, which we first poked around in October but have not yet driven. (Just replace -q with -ck, and you’ll pronounce the names correctly.)
What else do we know about the Optiq? Cadillac says it’ll be a global model possessed of “spirited driving dynamics,” which in practice probably just means a lot more torque than the gas-engine XT5 it effectively replaces. Beyond that, Cadillac says, sit tight—more will be revealed in 2024.