Cadillac has teased two upcoming electric SUVs in China while revealing a more affordable version of its Lyriq.

    General Motors’ luxury brand released a teaser image of the new Optiq, an electric SUV revealed last week that slots in under the Lyriq, parked next to two vehicles covered in sheets.

    “As the world’s largest EV market, China is strategically important for Cadillac,” said Tim Heile, the head of Cadillac in China.

    “By the end of next year, Cadillac will introduce more new EVs in China in addition to a rejuvenated internal combustion engine vehicle portfolio as the brand strives to fulfill customers’ diverse preferences and reinvent luxury mobility.”

    The boxier silhouette on the far right could belong to a three-row electric crossover recently spied testing, which would slot in above the Lyriq but below the huge Escalade iQ.

    This would be an electric counterpart and potential replacement to Cadillac’s existing petrol-powered XT6, which serves as its rival to the Volvo XC90.

    It’s unclear what the vehicle in the middle is, as it appears sleeker. However, a disclaimer on the image says this is “for reference only”.

    A separate teaser image just shows one disguised Cadillac, which would appear to be the upcoming three-row model.

    General Motors has trademarked the Ascendiq, Lumistiq, and Vistiq names in the US, with the latter also being trademarked earlier this year in Australia.

    The Escalade iQL nameplate has also been trademarked in the US, suggesting an extended-length version of the flagship electric SUV is coming.

    The brand has yet to confirm any models for Australia beyond the Lyriq, due here before the end of 2024.

    All electric Cadillacs will feature names with ‘iq’ in them, differentiating them from the alphanumeric names of combustion-powered models.

    It’s possible Cadillac could develop an EV exclusive for the Chinese market.

    It already offers the petrol-powered GT4 crossover and second-generation CT6 sedan, developed specifically for that market. Neither of these are sold in its home market of the US.

    GM Authority reports the Lexus RX-rivalling Cadillac XT5 is also set to get another generation that will be exclusive to China, leaving the Lyriq as its de facto replacement in the US.

    Cadillac has sold more cars in China than in the US every year since 2017. Last year, it sold 134,703 vehicles in the US against 194,100 in China.

    The line-ups are slightly different, with Cadillac China missing out on the Escalade, for example, while getting the aforementioned GT4 and CT6.

    Cadillac used this month’s Guangzhou motor show to reveal not only the Optiq, but also a new rear-wheel drive Standard Range version of its Lyriq.

    The latter features a single rear-mounted motor with 250kW of power and 440Nm of torque, good for a 0-100km/h time of 5.9 seconds.

    The Lyriq Standard Range has a claimed 502km of range under the more lenient CLTC cycle.

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    William Stopford

    William Stopford is an automotive journalist based in Brisbane, Australia. William is a Business/Journalism graduate from the Queensland University of Technology who loves to travel, briefly lived in the US, and has a particular interest in the American car industry.

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