2025 Cadillac Optiq Entry-level Luxury EV Globally Unveiled; Claims 296bhp and 483Km Range

The production of the all-new Cadillac Optiq is scheduled to begin in late fall, and its pricing places it in competition with models such as the Audi Q4 e-tron, Genesis GV60, and Volvo XC40 Recharge.

By Reetika Bhatt | on May 31, 2024 Follow us on Autox Google News

Cadillac has unveiled the Optiq, a fully electric SUV that will serve as the foundation for the brand's re-entry into the European market. The Optiq is set to launch in the US this autumn and will be available for purchase in over ten markets, including Europe later this year. The SUV is marketed as 'the electrifying new luxury entry point for the next generation of EV buyers.' It will be joined by the Lyriq SUV as part of parent company General Motors' intentions to return to Europe seven years after its departure. The company described the Optiq as 'remaining true to Cadillac’s brand promise in a competitively priced luxury SUV.'

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2025 Cadillac Optiq: Powertrain Options

Twin electric motors, which can produce a combined 296bhp and 481Nm of torque, will be standard on the Optiq. While it's a little less than the single-motor RWD Lyriq, it's still a pleasant improvement over the 284bhp dual-motor Equinox. Cadillac has disclosed the Optiq's battery capacity as 85kWh, which is a first for the firm, instead of citing the proprietary "modules" figure.

2025 Cadillac Optiq Side View

Although the range is marginally greater, this battery is the same as that found in the Equinox EV. The Optiq can travel 483 km on a single charge, but the Equinox AWD can only travel 463 km. Cadillac claims that the Optiq can add 127 km of range in 10 minutes, although it has not disclosed the maximum charging speed. This is comparable to the 150 kW peak charging speed of the Equinox. The car comes with a dual-level charge connection that enables Level 1 or Level 2 charging at home. Although the home charging speeds are not stated, they are probably the same 11.5 kW (or optional 19.2 kW) as the Chevy.

2025 Cadillac Optiq: Design

Cadillac initially unveiled the car in a striking orange paint job, most likely the same Afterburner Tintcoat that the Hummer EV is offered in. However, the company has since included images of a silver Optiq to showcase a more understated option. The manufacturer designed a Black Crystal Grille for the front end that combines a laser-etched pattern with a vertical lighting signature.

The rear end features split taillights, giving the car a distinct parting mark. Walking up to the car with the key initiates a coordinated lighting sequence on both ends. Other distinctive stylistic features comprise a fixed glass roof that flows from glass to metal and a unique Cadillac Crest graphic in the quarter panel window.

2025 Cadillac Optiq: Interior and Features

2025 Cadillac Optiq Interior View

Inside, the Optiq has a massive centre screen, similar to the rest of the Cadillac EV series. This screen, which measures 33 inches, is identical to the one present in the more expensive Lyriq. PaperWood veneers, which are composed of equal parts recycled newspaper and tulip wood, and woven yarn seat embellishments, which are crafted entirely of recycled materials, are two further interior highlights. Each unit of the car will come equipped with a 19-speaker AKG audio system featuring Dolby Atmos. Customers will also get three years of free access to the Super Cruise adaptive driver assistance system. Other safety features include autonomous lane-changing capabilities and a steering-wheel light bar.

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2025 Cadillac Optiq: Expected Price and Production Timeline

There are two trim levels available for the Cadillac Optiq: Sport and Luxury. The starting can be roughly around USD 54,000 (about Rs 45 lakh), although it's unclear how much more expensive it can go with options. Cadillac might also decide to manufacture an affordable variant with a single powertrain. 

The production of the Optiq is scheduled to begin in late fall, and its pricing places it in competition with models such as the Audi Q4 e-tron, Genesis GV60, and Volvo XC40 Recharge.

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