It could appear to be a Chevy Blazer EV in case you squint a bit, however make no mistake, it is a Cadillac — the brand new Optiq, to be exact. And it is coming to America, a minimum of finally. Hey, GM has taken its candy time (with no small quantity of assist from the pandemic, granted) constructing Ultium-based electrical autos for the lots. Whatever the circumstances, our skepticism will not be with out warrant. Caddy’s teaser was extremely temporary. Test it out:
“OPTIQ will act because the entry level for Cadillac’s EV lineup in North America, slotting in under LYRIQ as a luxurious compact SUV. OPTIQ’s spirited driving dynamics are designed to enchantment to international luxurious clients. Extra particulars, options and pricing can be unveiled subsequent yr.”
However the excellent news is, because of GM’s dedication to the Chinese language market, we already know a number of issues in regards to the Optiq. The model slated for launch in China is 189.8 inches lengthy, 75.3 inches large, and 64.6 inches tall. That is about seven inches shorter (in size) and 2.5 inches narrower than the Lyriq. That model suggestions the scales at 4,850 kilos and maxes out at 112 miles per hour. Will probably be offered there with two front-wheel-drive configurations, one with a 201-horsepower motor, the opposite boasting 241 ponies.
The previous setup sounds an terrible lot like the usual motive system utilized right here within the 2024 Chevy Equinox EV. With that motor and the biggest out there battery pack, the Equinox EV is slated to supply 300 miles of vary; we would anticipate one thing comparable from the least-expensive variant of the Optiq. Each all-wheel-drive Equinox will come commonplace with a dual-motor setup that ends in a mixed output of 290 horsepower and 346 pound-feet of torque and 280 miles of vary.
However in case you’re most taken with that entry-level mannequin, be ready to attend awhile. Cadillac says we can’t get full particulars on the Optiq till a while in 2024, and if the previous few years have taught us something, it is that the costly stuff at all times will get constructed first. Keep tuned.