Cadillac Previews Its First Fully Electric Vehicle With Stylish New Crossover

Hot on the heels of the unveiling of the 2020 XT6, Cadillac has introduced its first fully electric vehicle.

Set to become the first model to ride on General Motors’ new electric vehicle platform, the unnamed model is a stylish crossover which features a fully enclosed grille that is flanked by triangular air intakes.

The distinctive styling continues further back as the model has a sculpted hood and expressive bodywork with pronounced shoulder lines. Designers also used hidden door handles to keep the styling clean and uncluttered.

Cadillac is keeping details under wraps, but we can see a rakish windscreen that appears to meet a panoramic glass roof. Other notable styling features include plastic body cladding, massive alloy wheels and a pronounced rear pillar.

The decision to unveil the electric crossover in Detroit isn’t a coincidence as GM announced on Friday that Cadillac will become the “vanguard of the company’s move toward an all-electric future.” As part of this effort, the crossover rides on a purpose-built platform that is highly flexible and will eventually underpin an assortment of models with a variety of different body styles.

When the platform was originally announced in November of 2017, GM confirmed plans for at least 11 vehicles based on the architecture. Among them are a compact luxury crossover, a mid-size luxury crossover and a large luxury crossover. There will also be a “lux low roof” model which is believed to be a coupe.

Additional information will be released tomorrow, but Cadillac hinted their future electric vehicles will have advanced powertrains and batteries that have been designed for “maximum usability throughout GM vehicle lineups in different countries.” The company also noted the platform has been designed to support EVs with front-, rear- and all-wheel drive.

In a statement, Cadillac President Steve Carlisle said “Cadillac’s EV will hit the heart of the crossover market and meet the needs of customers around the world.” He went on to say the model will “represent the height of luxury and innovation while positioning Cadillac as the pinnacle of mobility.”

  • matrem

    The bean counters will never let that get built.

    • MarketAndChurch

      I think they will because this feels like Cadillacs hail Mary attempt back to relevancy, by going after Tesla and Audi.

  • EM1

    Didn’t GM just design something similar to this called Blazer?

    • Nordschleife

      Lol I can’t lie upon first glance I thought it was a Chevy.

  • Rev360

    Now this has potential…the XT6 box body was such a letdown…. And although this is an EV and probably not a 3-row…..this design wise leaps over the Lincoln Aviator.

  • MarketAndChurch

    I mostly like it, but I think the production version will look better. The xt6 was a let down of the Escala design philosophy but this being designed from the ground up should give it a better chance at success.

  • The XT6 should have looked like this!

  • ejd1984

    WOW!

  • THAT FRONT END WITH IT’S CONCAVE, WHATEVER THEY ARE, DON’T LOOK VERY AERODYNAMIC.

  • Lloyd Anthony D Peters

    If Cadillac can bring this to fruition without pulling a Subaru, I’ll forgive the XT6.

  • TheBelltower

    Do it!

  • Nordschleife

    Well I’ll give your props Cadillac. You definitely got the release order correct. Show us the XT6 then surprise us with this. Good luck.👍🏽

  • Paul

    It’s the new Electric Blazer Cadillac.

  • Dennis Scipio

    I’d love to see a production model with that design.

  • mick

    Very similar to the Buick Enspire concept. Looks good

  • Six_Tymes

    That is pretty sharp looking, and wishful thinking the production will look as good, I hope it does. I really like the clean design lines with the front arches. watch other companies start copying that

  • DetrinKD

    Before reading the headline, I honestly thought it was a Chevy concept. I usually hate when people make comments like that but… Hopefully the actual concept (not renderings) will be more distinctive.

  • f1300

    Makes the BMW 7-Series new kidneys look pretty small…

  • getoffme

    How many concept design did we see from Cadillac that saw the light of day? Exactly, none.

    • Marty

      We did see the Converj become the ELR.
      But it took too long.

      And now they seem stuck in the worst kind of concept strategy: showing us concepts that we are led to think illustrate the coming design language but then introducing a new model that shows us the finger.

  • john1168

    I think it looks great and I hope the production version looks close to this concept.

    “The decision to unveil the electric crossover in Detroit isn’t a coincidence as GM announced on Friday that Cadillac will become the “vanguard of the company’s move toward an all-electric future.”

    Is Cadillac going ALL electric in the future???

  • Yishay

    I’m done with Cadillac. Why make concepts and build stupid stuff like the XT6? That tells me that you know how to make what people want but unwilling to produce. If that’s the case, stop making concepts, just build the ugly cars you are intending to build without all the ooohs and ahhhs of concepts that will never be produced.

  • Enter Ranting

    Yeah, Cadillac. We’ve seen what you do with your concepts. Nothing.

  • B Cuz

    Mercy, Caddy came up with a slick design. 👨🏻‍🎨✍🏻

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