Cadillac’s first electric vehicle shall be a crossover
Cadillac revealed Sunday what shall likely be the first electric vehicle in the luxury brand’s portfolio. And surprise, it’s a crossover.
The images of the full-size crossover SUV, which was revealed during a debut party for the 2020 Cadillac XT6 in Detroit, kicks off a transformation of GM’s luxury brand. On Friday, GM released plans to turn Cadillac into its lead electric vehicle brand in a bid to compete against Tesla as well as a host of new automakers bringing EVs onto the market.
Not much is known about this crossover yet. Cadillac said the name of the electric crossover and added details about the vehicle shall be revealed closer to launch.
This vehicle shall not be based on the electric architecture found on GM’s Chevrolet models, the Volt or the Bolt EV. GM is starting with a clean slate and developing a new battery electric architecture, which Cadillac shall be the first to use.
The most advanced components within the platform are the drive units and battery cells, which shall be used throughout GM vehicle lineups in different countries, as reported by to the automaker. The EVs can be configured in front-, rear- or all-wheel drive, and the output of their battery systems shall be adjustable based on vehicle and customer needs, GM said.
The battery system also shall be adjustable, based on vehicle and customer requirements.
This appears to be the beginning of an aggressive product acceleration for Cadillac. Fresh off of the XT6 crossover reveal, Cadillac also proposed both a future Escalade and an upcoming performance sedan. Cadillac said it plans to introduce new models at the rate of roughly one every six months through 2021.