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News2025 Cadillac OPTIQ Unveiled as Caddy’s New Entry-Level Luxury Electric SUV

2025 Cadillac OPTIQ Unveiled as Caddy’s New Entry-Level Luxury Electric SUV


The 2025 Cadillac OPTIQ will arrive on the market next year, serving as the entry point to Cadillac’s electric SUV lineup with an estimated 482 km of range.

  • The new 2025 Cadillac OPTIQ will be Cadillac’s most accessible electric SUV

  • The standard dual-motor AWD electric powertrain is powered by an 85-kWh battery pack which can add 112 km of range in roughly 10 minutes.

  • The interior will feature a 33-inch diagonal display, while Super Cruise hands-free driving is standard.


The 2025 Cadillac OPTIQ is a new entry-level premium electric SUV from Cadillac, a brand that currently offers the midsize LYRIQ and soon the new Escalade IQ and CELESTIQ flagships along with upcoming VISTIQ SUV. Yes, Cadillac is going all-in with its electric vehicle lineup, ensuring that over the next 18 months or so it will have covered most key segments.

OPTIQ will be the entry point into Cadillac’s electric sport utility vehicle lineup, showcasing many of the design cues and unique styling found on the LYRIQ, but packaged into a smaller footprint with 6 inches less wheelbase compared to the larger LYRIQ.

That said, the OPTIQ promises to be versatile and welcoming thanks to a claimed best-in-class cargo capacity and second-row space. Cadillac emphasized this point a few weeks ago when we got a sneak peek of the upcoming electric Cadillac SUV. The emphasis on versatility was evident, but Cadillac also hopes the OPTIQ stands out with its long list of advanced standard technology.

Advanced Technology Features

For starters, Super Cruise hands-free capability will be standard on the new OPTIQ. Rivaling and in many ways surpassing any hands-free semi-autonomous system out there, including Tesla’s Autopilot, Super Cruise gives users the ability to completely take their hands off the wheel while the system handles lane centering and lane changes as well.

In every other Cadillac and GM model where we tested Super Cruise, the system has always proven not only to function very efficiently but also to work in a linear, natural way, which enhances the driver’s confidence. Offering the system at no extra charge (aside from the subscription) will be a strong selling point for the OPTIQ.

Inside, passengers will be greeted with a 33-inch diagonal center display with 9K resolution. This system will house Google built-in infotainment that includes Google Maps and Google Assistant. This is another area where Cadillac traditionally stands out, providing easy-to-use infotainment and multimedia technology in massive displays that are easy to navigate. The standard 33-inch system in the new 2025 OPTIQ should be no different.

Focus on Luxury and Sustainability

It was clear during the presentation that Cadillac understands what many new luxury electric vehicle buyers are looking for: advanced technology and cool gizmos. Along with Super Cruise and the large display, the OPTIQ will offer multiple radar, camera, and ultrasonic sensor technology to assist in low-speed driving scenarios and parking around the city.

Like in the Cadillac LYRIQ, a lot of effort has been made to make the OPTIQ’s interior a premium environment. The fabric covering the seats is offered in multiple color options and is made from 100% recycled materials. The multiple trims offered will allow buyers a wide range of options when configuring their OPTIQ. Rounding out the interior, we find a standard 19-speaker AKG audio system which should easily claim the title of best base audio offering in the segment.

Market Position and Pricing

Speaking of the segment, the 2025 Cadillac OPTIQ finds itself in a unique position in the market. Although pricing hasn’t been confirmed, we would expect the new OPTIQ to start somewhere in the mid to high $50,000 range. That would align logically with the LYRIQ, which starts at just over $66,000. The LYRIQ, however, has a wide pricing range with top models going for nearly $100,000. This puts the base LYRIQ in the same bracket as the Tesla Model Y and Mercedes-Benz EQB, while top trims are priced directly with the BMW iX and Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV.

Pricing the 2025 Cadillac OPTIQ below the $60k mark means competing with the Volvo XC40 Recharge and Lexus RZ. Just by standing around the OPTIQ, we can confirm that Cadillac’s SUV is bigger in just about every way and more spacious inside that both these models while offering a lot more tech inside. While other rivals will be joining the party this year, the OPTIQ looks to have an upper hand over its current rivals in terms of versatility and interior tech, at least for now. The same can be said for range as well.

Technical Specifications and Charging Capabilities

The 2025 Cadillac OPTIQ is built on the Ultium platform and features a standard dual-motor electric propulsion system with one motor powering each axle. All-wheel drive is therefore standard, and combined, both electric motors put out an estimated 300 hp and 354 pound-feet of torque. An 85-kWh battery is tasked with providing the energy needed to power the motors. Cadillac says the new OPTIQ can go 482 kilometres between charges, which would make the OPTIQ the class leader in this area.

Cadillac did not confirm many details when it comes to charging, aside from claiming a 10-minute charging time to add 112 km of range on a 150-kW fast charger. If that’s the max charging rate of the OPTIQ’s Ultium platform, we can estimate that going from 10% to 80% will likely take under 30 minutes on a fast charger, while charging at home at 11 kW should provide maximum range in about seven or eight hours. These elements will be confirmed closer to launch.

Traditional EV technologies, such as Regen on Demand and one-pedal driving, are part of the OPTIQ’s standard fare. Several drive modes, such as Tour, Sport, Snow/Ice, and an individualized My Mode, will be included.

Conclusion

Arriving on the market early next year, the 2025 Cadillac OPTIQ has all the important ingredients to be successful. Combining versatility in a small and nimble package with loads of standard technology and generous range, the new OPTIQ should prove successful, especially in its wide-open segment. Like the LYRIQ before it, which has served to bring in a significant group of first-time Cadillac owners to dealerships, the OPTIQ, with more accessible pricing, likely should help compound and propel that growth even further. We will know more after we have a chance to get behind the wheel later this year.

2025 Cadillac OPTIQ Specs

Spec2025 Cadillac OPTIQ
Horsepower300 hp (Estimated)
Torque354 lb-ft (Estimated)
Range482 km (Estimated)
Battery Size85 kWh
Max Charging Speed150 kW (Estimated)
Charging Time112 km in 10 minutes (Estimated)

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Charles Jolicoeur
Charles Jolicoeur
Charles Jolicoeur was studying to be a CPA when he decided to drop everything and launch a car website in 2012. Don't ask. The journey has been an interesting one, but today he has co-founded and manages 8 websites including EcoloAuto.com and MotorIllustrated.com as General Manager of NetMedia360. He also sits on the board of the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada. Send me an email

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