The company has remained tight-lipped about the model, but patent images suggested the car could be a stylish coupe which has a front fascia that echoes the well-received Escala concept. The model also had a long hood, a rakish windscreen and curvaceous bodywork.
We haven’t heard much about the car since then, but The Detroit Free Press is reporting the first electric Cadillac will be launched in 2020 or 2021. However, it’s not exactly clear if the first EV will be the coupe as GM also has plans for compact, mid-size and large luxury crossovers with an electric powertrain.
While the report doesn’t say much about the company’s first electric vehicle, it says the CT5 mid-size sedan will be introduced next fall and will be followed by the CT4 compact that’s slated to debut in 2020.
Both models are rumored to be smaller than their predecessors, the CTS and ATS respectively, as far as external dimensions are concerned, but will reportedly have more interior space. In fact, the publication says all future Cadillacs are aiming to have the most interior room in their class.
The company hasn’t disclosed much about the models, but both are expected to be offered with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 237 hp (177 kW) and 258 lb-ft (350 Nm) of torque. The CT5 should also have an optional V6 as well as a twin-turbo 4.2-liter V8 in the CT5-V. In the CT6-V, the engine produces an estimated 550 hp (410 kW / 557 PS) and 627 lb-ft (850 Nm) of torque.
Speaking of the sedans, it appears the XTS isn’t going away anytime soon. The model was recently updated for the 2018 model year and the report claims another update could arrive next fall. That being said, former Cadillac president Johan de Nysschen had suggested the XTS was going to be dropped.
The report also suggests Cadillac could offer a sub-compact crossover called the XT2 or XT3. The model would slot underneath the XT4 and presumably battle the Mercedes GLA and Lexus UX. Little is known about it at this point, but the report suggests the model could arrive as early as 2020.