Cadillac Confirms the Compact 2025 Optiq Electric SUV

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

Thanks to GM’s investments in electrification, Cadillac is accelerating its EV development and has confirmed another new gas-free model coming in 2025. The Optiq will enter the automaker’s lineup as a compact electric SUV, slotting in beneath the Lyriq and flagship Escalade IQ.

Cadillac didn’t share many details but provided an image of the upcoming EV. It features the brand’s signature vertical LED running lights and a muscular shape that mirrors the larger Lyriq. The C- and D-pillars feature a blacked-out style that gives the roof a floating look.

General Motors’ Ultium tech has made it possible for the company’s brands to create a wide range of EVs, and the Optiq appears to be similar in size and shape to the recently released Equinox EV. The same technologies underpin the Lyriq, Escalade IQ, and ultra-luxury Celestiq EVs. We’ll probably see a range estimate in the 300-mile ballpark, and the SUV will also feature fast-charging capabilities.

Cadillac hasn’t detailed pricing or a specific release date yet, other than to say that the Optiq will form a new entry point to the brand’s electric vehicle line. The base Lyriq Tech trim starts at just under $59,000, so it would be reasonable to expect the Optiq to start in the low to mid-$50,000 range.

[Image: Cadillac]

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Chris Teague
Chris Teague

Chris grew up in, under, and around cars, but took the long way around to becoming an automotive writer. After a career in technology consulting and a trip through business school, Chris began writing about the automotive industry as a way to reconnect with his passion and get behind the wheel of a new car every week. He focuses on taking complex industry stories and making them digestible by any reader. Just don’t expect him to stay away from high-mileage Porsches.

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  • Van Van on Nov 18, 2023

    No one cares about this vehicle, zero excitement, and no one cares about any Cad, possible exception of the Escalade... which is a gm platform vehicle.... this company is lost...

  • Michael S6 Michael S6 on Nov 18, 2023

    Cadillac has not been able to produce their EV batteries in any significant quantities and thus far sold less than 5500 of the Lyriq. By the time they get their manufacturing capacity going, the Lyriq will be due for a refresh. You will need the Hubble telescope to see when the Optiq actually is sold in any significant quantities.

  • Sobhuza Trooper Sobhuza Trooper on Nov 19, 2023

    I knew that the pig-tailed compact fluorescents were a stupid idea when they first tried to shove them down my throat. The LED was the one I had been waiting for.

    I knew these Lithium gel batteries are a stupid idea when they first tried to shove them down my throat. The solid-state battery may be the one I'm waiting for.

  • Tassos Tassos on Nov 19, 2023

    There was a long term test wrapup at Car and Driver of the Caddy CT5 Blackwing, a 'supercar' priced at over $100k as tested, and the staff enjoyed it over 40,000 miles, but they complained that a $100k car should not have the dashboard of a $30k car (a common problem with lesser GM's).

    Which reminded me when I test drove an early CTS, I wanted one with the manual, and its interior was really low rent. NOT what any luxury car interior should be.