American automaker Cadillac is adding to its EV family, and this time, a new entry-level model that is designated as a 'luxury' compact crossover is the center of attention. The 2025 Cadillac Optiq is said to provide a thrilling driving experience while offering all the benefits of an electric powertrain, but exactly what the numbers are remains under wraps. With just a few images to whet our appetite, the new Caddy Optiq crossover looks to be a sportier, more youthful kind of Caddy that will appeal to a broader audience. At the right price, this could be a winning recipe for the manufacturer.
We have no idea as to a release date for the Cadillac Optiq since the automaker has only just introduced it. Cadillac does say that more details about features and pricing will be made public next year, so it's likely to only be available in the USA for the 2025 model year.
There's no information on an expected price for the 2025 Cadillac Optiq, but knowing that the automaker will position it as the entry point in its EV lineup means it will be significantly cheaper than the Lyriq - that vehicle is currently Cadillac's cheapest electric offering, and it starts at $57,195. The MSRP for the priciest Lyriq is $61,795, with AWD adding $3,500 to the cost.
Originally, the Chevrolet Equinox EV had a targeted base price under $30k, but we now know that the cheapest versions will be more expensive than that. The Caddy Optiq is seemingly more luxury-focused, so a higher MSRP isn't out of the question - and a sub-$40k starting price would put the 2025 Optiq on par with its stablemate, the XT4. We guess that the compact Optiq will start at over $40k, with fully loaded trims breaching the $50k mark.
The exterior of the Cadillac Optiq isn't entirely unfamiliar since it embodies the design language we've grown used to from both the Lyriq and the larger Celestiq. From the very limited images that have been shared with us, we see the crossover body shape that mimics the Lyriq, with a few changes to the front end. Similar headlights are present, with elongated vertical light bars at the corners of the front fascia, but whereas the Lyriq has a large, digital grille, the Optiq is more understated, with a front fascia split by body-colored paneling.
The rear also shares many similarities, with the same vertical lighting signature at the lower corners, although the Optiq has vertical lighting higher up, framing the rear window without cutting across the width of the trunk as on the Lyriq. The Optiq's roof also has blacked-out A- and C-pillars to create a floating roof look and a small roof-mounted spoiler to underscore that this is likely a sportier car than the Lyriq is.
It's too soon to know what colors the Cadillac Optiq will be available in, but we like the orange shown in these pics as a more youthful color than what we're accustomed to from the Lyriq's palette.
With very little to go on and only the assertion that the new entry-level EV from Caddy will be a compact crossover, we can only assume it will be more or less the same size as other rivals that use the Ultium platform, which we expect the Optiq to be built on. The upcoming Chevrolet Equinox EV fits the bill here, although that car's measurements aren't public yet, either.
We expect both the Optiq and the Equinox to be around 190 inches in length over a 116-inch wheelbase, with a width of 75 inches and standing under 64 inches in height. Estimates for curb weight start in the 4,200-pound region.
The powertrain in the Cadillac Optiq remains a mystery at the time of writing, but we can infer similarities between it and the Chevrolet Equinox based on size and the shared Ultium drive. It's safe to assume the Optiq will be standard as a front-wheel-drive variant with a single motor, with power outputs likely to be around 200 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque. Choosing AWD adds another motor to the powertrain, which should see those specs rise to nearly 300 hp and 350 lb-ft. Of course, the Lyriq has much more power on tap, with a minimum of 340 hp and a maximum of 500 hp.
We'll have to wait and see whether the automaker confirms such outputs or surprises us with something out of the ordinary, but the aim with the Optiq is for "spirited driving," so we hope that Cadillac will imbue the compact crossover with enough power to elevate 0-60 times and top speed above just mediocre.
As with much of the specs for the new Cadillac Optiq crossover SUV, we don't have concrete information about battery tech, proposed range, mpg equivalent figures, and charging speeds.
If, like the Equinox EV, the Optiq will have standard and long range battery options, range could be anywhere from 250 miles to over 300 miles. The Lyriq manages more than 300 miles on a full charge, but it comes standard with a 102 kWh battery. It's possible that this battery will serve as the optional long-range unit on the new Optiq, with a smaller pack (around 80 kWh) being the standard fare.
Charging times for vehicles built on the Ultium platform are generally good. The Equinox EV is said to add 70 miles of range in ten minutes of DC fast charging. This is more or less in line with what the Lyriq can manage.
We've only been shown two images of the exterior of the Cadillac Optiq so we have no idea what the automaker has planned for the inside. We can hazard a few guesses based on the Lyriq, starting with the fact that the Caddy Optiq will have seats for five occupants in relative comfort - the manufacturer did point out this is supposed to be a premium vehicle, so we have high hopes for high-quality materials, cutting-edge technology, and all the modcons you'd expect for the segment.
If the Lyriq is anything to go by, the interior of the Cadillac Optiq should be a nice place to spend time: the curved LED display will most likely be front and center (it measures 33 inches in the Lyriq), with features like power seats, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry, and all the safety goodies that you can expect included as standard. 'Luxury' implies that the Optiq will have things like heating and ventilation for the seats on the menu somewhere. We also expect Super Cruise driver assistance to make an appearance.
As for cargo space in the Cadillac Optiq, this is still under wraps. The Equinox EV has up to 57 cubic feet in the trunk with the back row folded.
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