Midrange Optiq: Cadillac’s Electric SUV Inspired by the High-End Lyriq

Cadillac has unveiled a new entry-level compact electric SUV called the Optiq. It will be positioned below the Lyriq in Cadillac’s lineup and is expected to borrow some styling cues from the more expensive SUV. However, full details and specifications for the Optiq won’t be revealed until 2024.

The Optiq continues Cadillac’s naming convention of ending its EVs’ names with “IQ”. It is expected to use GM’s Ultium battery platform. Speculations suggest that it could have similar specs to the Chevy Equinox EV, which includes a 210-horsepower electric motor for the front wheels and an optional 290-horsepower dual-motor all-wheel-drive setup, with a range of around 300 miles for maxed-out configurations.

Information about the Chinese version of the Optiq, which has already been approved for the market, reveals that it measures 189.8 inches long, 75.3 inches wide, and 64.6 inches tall. It weighs 4.850 lbs and has a top speed of 112 mph. It has two front-wheel-drive configurations with 201-horsepower and 241-horsepower motors.

Cadillac’s press release confirmed the introduction of the Optiq as the fourth vehicle in their expanding global electric vehicle portfolio. It will act as the entry point for Cadillac’s EV lineup in North America and will offer spirited driving dynamics designed to appeal to luxury customers. Additional details, features, and pricing will be unveiled next year.

[Image of the Cadillac Optiq SUV at nighttime, under a modern building. The vehicle is a reddish-orange.]