The next few years are jam-packed for Cadillac's planning team.
For Cadillac, the electric revolution is only beginning. With the striking Lyriq cooking up a sales storm and the Bentley-rivaling Celestiq on the way, the all-American luxury automaker is poised for greatness in the hotly-contested EV revolution. But several new models are in the pipeline, reports Automotive News, starting with a larger electric crossover in 2024 and a battery-powered Escalade IQ in 2025.
The arrival of these newcomers will coincide with the discontinuation of Cadillac's ICE-powered sedans and crossovers, such as the CT5 and XT5. It's unclear whether this includes the full-size Escalade; Cadillac recently launched the high-performance V model. It wouldn't make much sense for the company to discontinue the vehicle a few years after its introduction.
Then again, Cadillac aims to have an all-electric lineup by 2030, so the Escalade-V may have a short lifespan.
While the Lyriq is close in size to the popular XT5 crossover, we assume the larger model (slated for introduction in 2025) will take the place of the XT6 and compete with the likes of the BMW iX and Audi e-tron S. As with all of Cadillac's electrified products, it will take on the "iq" nomenclature - the Detroit-based brand has already trademarked several names including Lumistiq and Vistiq.
According to Automotive News, the larger crossover will be built alongside the Lyriq at Cadillac's Spring Hill plant in Tennessee while a smaller XT4-sized electric crossover will be produced at the Ramos Arizpe facility in Mexico. This will likely take on the form of a Mercedes EQA and BMW iX1 rival.
But Cadillac's cash cow will most certainly be the Escalade IQ and IQL. These battery-powered full-size SUVs will most likely be the first of their kind and appeal to an untapped clientele. As per the report, expect these pavement crunchers to hit the scene in 2024 and 2025, respectively.
But what about the rest of the range? We already know the Escalade is expected to receive a facelift soon, an update that will most likely be the last before the ICE-powered models are phased out. These models are expected to be built in Detroit. Aside from the $300,000 Celestiq, it seems Cadillac has given up on the traditional sedan. However, we can expect both the CT4 and CT5 to receive battery-powered replacements.
These silent sedans will only go on sale in 2026 - far behind other prestigious European and American rivals. If you're not keen on Cadillac's electric ambitions, you still have some time to get your hands on a gas-powered model. The XT4 will receive a facelift in 2023 before it departs in 2026.
It's a similar story with the XT5 and XT6, which will be updated next year before being discontinued in 2025. Both gas-powered sedans will be dead by then too, but not before a facelift arrives.