Cadillac is teasing their first EV with a set of renderings for a wicked-looking SUV.
When it comes to electric vehicles, most carmakers are starting with higher-end luxury cars and SUVs simply because the technology hasn’t gotten cheap enough where mass-volume designs are all that profitable. The people buying EVs are the people who can afford them, and only after the first generation of EVs hit the used market will we see any sort of mass adoption.
That might be why General Motors is abandoning their Chevrolet Bolt platform, which is a delightful little EV, in favor of their next generation EV platform, starting with their Cadillac luxury brand.
We don’t have a lot of details for the new vehicle other than what Cadillac has given us, which is a pair of renderings for what appears to be a 3-row SUV. The Cadillac shield is front and center on the new SUV, with a general fascia design that mirrors the Cadillac grille without actually having a grille. The rest of the car sort of looks like a stretched-out XT4 or a slightly more angular XT6.
What we do know is that the platform will be highly modular, able to support a variety of body styles and configurations. Front-wheel-drive, rear-wheel-drive, or all-wheel-drive will all be possible on a chassis that can become a sedan or SUV depending on the company’s needs.
“Advanced drive units and batteries will be used,” but we don’t know how advanced either will be. We also don’t know expected range or power, but we can’t imagine Cadillac will release something that doesn’t at least compare to the latest offerings from Tesla and Porsche.
The upcoming Porsche Taycan is expected to have a range in excess of 310 miles, and the latest version of the Tesla Model 3 can power along for at least as long, if not longer depending on driving styles. Both can be quick-charged to 80% power in under 40 minutes.
“Cadillac’s EV will hit the heart of the crossover market and meet the needs of customers around the world,” said Cadillac president Steve Carlisle. “It will represent the height of luxury and innovation while positioning Cadillac as the pinnacle of mobility.”
We’ll be sure to report just what Cadillac considers the pinnacle of mobility as soon as we know what that is.