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The Electric 2025 Cadillac Optiq Crossover Feels Almost Like A Guaranteed Improvement

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Oh hey, an electric luxury crossover that isn’t the size of a whale. This is the 2025 Cadillac Optiq, and that’s about all that Cadillac has to say. It sits below the Lyriq in Cadillac’s IQ range, and it looks genuinely promising. Let’s dive in.

While this thing leaked back in, um, July, Cadillac has finally acknowledged the existence of the Optiq — barely, but barely still counts. In fact, here’s the entire press release in all four lines of glory.

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Cadillac Optiq Press Release

Yep, that’s extremely helpful. Great job, Cadillac. So, what do we know for sure? Well, the 2025 Cadillac Optiq is a crossover, it is electric, and it is a Cadillac. In addition, Car News China reports power outputs of 201 horsepower and 241 horsepower, but those aren’t necessarily official or global. In any case, this vaguely car-shaped box that will inevitably find homes in Florida is worth keeping an eye on, because it should effectively replace an absolute dog’s dinner of a car, the XT4.

2025 Cadillac Optiq

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Look, a fool and their money are easily parted, but walking into a Cadillac dealer seeking a subcompact crossover is a way to hasten that process. The Cadillac XT4 isn’t cheap, isn’t handsome, isn’t marvelously appointed, isn’t quick, isn’t particularly efficient, doesn’t feel outstandingly made, and doesn’t go down the road with the grace of, let’s see, any rival (and it’s not just me saying this). Cadillac has nowhere to go but up in this segment, and the Optiq certainly looks, um, up.

Anyway, since Cadillac spent fewer than 100 words on this press release, we won’t spend many more words on the Cadillac Optiq. Expect more information on this seemingly cromulent vehicle will be release sometime before 2025 rolls around. If it’s anything like the Lyriq, it should represent another turnaround for Cadillac.
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Ben
Ben
6 months ago

I hope it’s nicer than the Lyriq Munro just reviewed on their YouTube channel. I’ve had a lot of issues with the luxury vehicles they’ve covered, but never the materials used for touchpoints. It is unbelievable that Cadillac cheaped out on stuff like the door upper, arm rest, and vent controls that you touch all the time. It sounds like covered the interior in economy car-level materials and are trying to sell it for luxury car money.

Dan S
Dan S
6 months ago

It’s the next Cadillac ELR. Like the Equinox EV for $25k more

Fuzzyweis
Fuzzyweis
6 months ago
Reply to  Dan S

Yep, like the Lyriq is to the Blazer. Badge Engineering is back baby!

Phantom Pedal Syndrome
Phantom Pedal Syndrome
6 months ago

Not bad?

(counterpoint)

Not good either.

Bennett Alston
Bennett Alston
6 months ago

I may the only person who likes the XT4 from the back, especially in nice colors and trim. I’m a sucker for nicely done vertical taillights on the pillar though.

Angrycat Meowmeow
Angrycat Meowmeow
6 months ago
Reply to  Bennett Alston

I never thought the XT4 was bad looking. A bad car, sure, but ugly? No. Certainly better than a lot of its competition.

ChrisGT
ChrisGT
6 months ago

It’s, it’s, it’s…. a Blazer….

Scott
Scott
6 months ago

Is it related to the Trax/Envista? Those are GM/Chinese products, and if this Caddy is actually small, maybe it’s got something in common with those, except with an Ultium battery pack/drivetrain? Just speculating…

Blahblahblah123
Blahblahblah123
6 months ago
Reply to  Scott

I believe the North American bound Trax is made in South Korea currently. There was a Trax model made and built in China that was never exported outside of China.

Scott
Scott
6 months ago

Really? I didn’t know that. Guess I can feel a bit less guilty about buying one (or an Envista) if it ever comes to that. Thanks Zounder 1! 🙂

Boulevard_Yachtsman
Boulevard_Yachtsman
6 months ago

Optiq? Idk, better than alphabet soup, but the name still kinda hits a nerve.

EXL500
EXL500
6 months ago

Well played.

Beater_civic
Beater_civic
6 months ago

I can’t be the only one who sees a Corolla in this thing’s face. Right? With those vertical doohickeys for the lights, the furrowed brow, and the very boop-able nose.

Come on Cadillac, thinq bigger!

Dinklesmith
Dinklesmith
6 months ago

Looks like it’ll just be a luxury Equinox EV which is to say it may be pretty compelling if they price it right (that’s a big if with Cadillac)

Brian Hayes
Brian Hayes
6 months ago

Not sayin’ I hate the looks, but dang, these midsize electric SUVs from GM sure have a similar rear C/D-pillar profile.

Could tell this shared some DNA with the Blazer at a glance — guess that’s never really been a problem for GM, though. (Yukon/Tahoe/Escalade/Suburban have entered the chat)

TheHairyNug
TheHairyNug
6 months ago

They’re going to make like 1,200 a year. Like all other Ultium models

EmotionalSupportBMW
EmotionalSupportBMW
6 months ago

I’m not saying Cadillac is officially endorsing Q-anon about three years late. But many people are. They say to me, “ESBMW, Cadillac thinks Hilary Clinton runs a shadow cabal of elites, who have a secret child blood bank below Central Park”. I don’t know if that’s true, real shame if it is. Many people are saying it, real shame, trust me folks.

SNL-LOL Jr
SNL-LOL Jr
6 months ago

Nonsense. We all know what’s below Central Park. It’s full of Schist.
(Geotechical engineering joke which also happens to be factual)

AC2DE
AC2DE
6 months ago
Reply to  SNL-LOL Jr

That’s gonna be a Tuff act to follow.

Jack Trade
Jack Trade
6 months ago

I always like how official photos often show Cadillacs in colors you’d never see on the actual road, at least not since the ’50s.

Data
Data
6 months ago
Reply to  Jack Trade

I was also going to comment on that. The first picture I saw of the new 2023 Prius was Orange. I’d definitely buy one (Prius) in orange, but I’ll settle for the red. While not a fan of yellow, there are also promo pictures of the new Prius in yellow; maybe they are European colors only. Americans apparently only buy 50 shades of gray.

Jack Trade
Jack Trade
6 months ago
Reply to  Data

I saw an older red Prius the other day and did a double-take.

Also, I’m old enough to remember when car brochure interior shots ALWAYS showed a manual transmission, if one was available on any trim level of the given model.

Wolfpack57
Wolfpack57
6 months ago
Reply to  Jack Trade

That’s funny, both my grandmas drive red Priuses so its the default color for me.

Andreas8088
Andreas8088
6 months ago
Reply to  Wolfpack57

Yeah, I work with two people who drive Prii, and they’re both red.
That’s what I picture when some says “Prius”.

Manwich Sandwich
Manwich Sandwich
6 months ago
Reply to  Jack Trade

You could change that by placing an order for a new one with one of the colours you don’t see.

Jack Beckman
Jack Beckman
6 months ago

You might even get it. But don’t hold your breath. I gave up on an Escalade after 10 months and my order status never moved up from the equivalent of “received.”

Detroit-Lightning
Detroit-Lightning
6 months ago

So this is just a Cadillac Equinox, right?

My Goat Ate My Homework
My Goat Ate My Homework
6 months ago

I think all GM EVs are going to be on the sameish platform. So they are all some version of the others.

Bongo Friendee Harvey Park
Bongo Friendee Harvey Park
6 months ago

Equinoq.

Dinklesmith
Dinklesmith
6 months ago

Yes

IanGTCS
IanGTCS
6 months ago

Pretty harsh reviews of the XT4. My father in law bought one and is happy. Although in saying that in the time I’ve known him he replaced an electrical gremlin ridden Dodge Journey with a new Dodge Journey that never seemed to shift properly so maybe his judgement is a little skewed. I drove it once and the interior was nice enough but otherwise nothing special.

V10omous
V10omous
6 months ago
Reply to  IanGTCS

I drove one once as well, and my impression was that it would have made a perfectly adequate Buick.

NosrednaNod
NosrednaNod
6 months ago
Reply to  IanGTCS

The target demo for this car IS NOT enthusiast website writers and IS most certainly fathers in law.

Chris Stevenson
Chris Stevenson
6 months ago

Well, at least the rear looks better than the Celestiq and Lyriq.

MATTinMKE
MATTinMKE
6 months ago

Sorry, but I have to disagree. The back of this looks…the same as everything else. A Caddy should look different, and it I guess they tried with the lights next to the rear glass, but if those lights aren’t on, they’ll disappear. The front is fine I guess, but the back is blah.

MrLM002
MrLM002
7 months ago

Stupid electric only door handles again! I’d sooner have no doors on an automobile than have electric only door handles on one.

AssMatt
AssMatt
7 months ago

NOT ROD!
NOT BAP!
NOT RAD!
NOT RAP!
…I’m having a hard time deciphering at-a-glance the topshot texts.
I’ll keep practicing.

AssMatt
AssMatt
6 months ago
Reply to  AssMatt

VAST IMPROVEMENT
It’s so great that you all actually care enough to not only read our comments but respond and react. It really makes us all feel excited to be here.

Arch Duke Maxyenko
Arch Duke Maxyenko
7 months ago

So, Lyriq, Optiq, Celestiq, and Escalade IQ. The next models should be: Lymmeriq, Deeviliq, Plastiq, Iconiq, Phonetiq, Mystiq, Sadistiq, Pornographiq, Fantastiq

George CoStanza
George CoStanza
6 months ago

Quickly moving towards extinqt

Pupmeow
Pupmeow
6 months ago

I’m getting a real stripper vibe from all this …

Manwich Sandwich
Manwich Sandwich
6 months ago

There used to be a nightclub called Plastiq in Toronto.

Just sayin’…

Rollin Hand
Rollin Hand
6 months ago

Iqscalade was right there …

Bongo Friendee Harvey Park
Bongo Friendee Harvey Park
6 months ago
Reply to  Rollin Hand

So was esqalade…

Bongo Friendee Harvey Park
Bongo Friendee Harvey Park
6 months ago

I wonder if their target buyer persona is the Old priq.

Drew
Drew
7 months ago

Cadillaq could hit it out of the parq if they’d just price/speq this right. So they’ll probably loq anything resembling a luxury feature into an overpriced paqage after announcing pricing “starting at” luxury levels just to sqrew this up.

Last edited 7 months ago by Drew
Chronometric
Chronometric
7 months ago
Reply to  Drew

Quite Qlever.

Nsane In The MembraNe
Nsane In The MembraNe
7 months ago

Out of all the luxury EV crossovers in the world I’m sure this will be one of them

D-dub
D-dub
7 months ago

Not a full reveal then; just a piq.

Last edited 7 months ago by D-dub
Andrew Wyman
Andrew Wyman
7 months ago

I for one am excited to see the Optiq come in at $95,000 and see only 3 on the roads ever.

V10omous
V10omous
7 months ago

It’s tragiq what they’ve done to the Cadillac name.

Mike Smith
Mike Smith
7 months ago
Reply to  V10omous

“Fuq-in A.” – Lawrence, Office Space, 1999

Manwich Sandwich
Manwich Sandwich
6 months ago
Reply to  V10omous

It’s not like they changed the name to Cadilliq…

Jack Beckman
Jack Beckman
6 months ago

Yet…

DadBod
DadBod
6 months ago

Derelicte

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