The clock is ticking.
The Cadillac Lyriq may be the luxury brand's first electric vehicle but it certainly won't be the last. In fact, it's just the beginning of what will be an all-electric future starting in 2030. The countdown is underway for the entire ICE lineup. This phasing out will be a gradual process and it'll get underway beginning in 2025, according to a new report from Automotive News.
Here's the plan: the Cadillac XT4, XT5, and XT6 (the latter two share a platform) will all be retired in their current internal combustion form over the course of 2025 and 2026. These crossovers will be replaced with pure battery-electric models, though it's too soon to know whether all three are due for successors. The Lyriq may no longer make one of them necessary.
Next up is the just-revealed CT4 and CT5 rear-wheel-drive sedans. All-electric replacements are due in 2026 or 2027. And then there's the Cadillac Escalade, the brand's longtime flagship model. It'll be the last Caddie to have a combustion engine. The fifth-generation was all-new for 2021 and it appears Cadillac intends to give it a nine-year production lifespan.
However, the Escalade EV, which will ride on the Ultium platform that underpins the GMC Hummer EV, could arrive as soon as early 2024. All large EV trucks (including the Silverado EV) and SUVs will be built at the Factory Zero site near Detroit.
This means Cadillac will sell two versions of the Escalade for a few years. Not all customers will be willing to give up their V8s right away. Early adopters will undoubtedly opt for the EV version, but Cadillac will have a $100k model for everyone. Now, it's entirely possible the traditional Escalade could be retired earlier than planned, but that depends on buyers' acceptance of EVs in general. It's simply too soon to know how it'll all play out.
Two things are for certain: Cadillac's EV future is guaranteed and the V8-powered Escalade will be the sole ICE model left in the not too distant future.