Cadillac shocks Detroit Auto Show with electric SUV preview

14 January, 2019, 19:54 | Author: Regina Silva
  • 2020 Cadillac XT6

The electric auto is a sleek, sexy crossover SUV with a design clearly cribbed from the equally stunning Escala concept vehicle shown in 2016, and while it doesn't have a name yet the development is being fast-tracked around a new modular EV platform General Motors only announced on Friday.

On the eve of the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, Cadillac has surprised the media with a first look at an upcoming electric crossover SUV, perhaps the first of many electric vehicles to come for the marque.

The Cadillac EV's name and additional details will be revealed closer to launch.

That was counter to the Toyota Prius model, in which an expensive new powertrain was launched in a small, mass-priced car-in part to achieve that car's social goals of reducing overall fuel consumption, which it did.

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Cadillac also announced a new XT6 crossover and shared plans for a revised Escalade and a performance sedan. According to the company-issued report, this Cadillac EV will be based on GM's next-gen EV architecture.

"It will represent the height of luxury and innovation while positioning Cadillac as the pinnacle of mobility", explains Cadillac president Steve Carlisle. It will also allow for a shorter development cycle.

Cadillac's electric crossover is expected to be a mid-size model created to take on the Tesla Model X and offer buyers the choice of two or three rows of seats. Carlisle said GM is using Tesla's vehicles as a benchmark while the Detroit-based automaker develops its own electric versions.

"The most advanced components within this platform are the drive units and battery cells, both of which are being designed for maximum usability throughout GM vehicle lineups in different countries", Cadillac said in a release.

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