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EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK: Cadillac OPTIQ – Is Cadillac too cool for Europe? | Electrifying

EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK: Cadillac OPTIQ - Is Cadillac too cool for Europe? | Electrifying

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To most Brits, Cadillac is a brand that represents all that is big, brash and brilliant about America. It’s right there in the list with hot dogs, baseball, Beyoncé, Hollywood, McDonalds, NASCAR and all of those great American things. And yet, it’s also a brand that few Brits feel particularly drawn to, nor that has historically worked well in the UK and European markets. But maybe, just maybe, the new, electric Cadillac OPTIQ SUV can change that…

That’s certainly what Cadillac is hoping, anyway. And on paper, the OPTIQ looks good. It’s a rival for cars like the Jaguar I-Pace, Audi Q4 e-tron and BMW iX3, although at over 4.8m long and 1.9m wide, it’s actually a bit bigger than those alternatives and is more like the size of a BMW iX. And if that’s just not big enough for you, and you do want a bigger electric Cadillac that’s the size of the iX, you’ll probably want the Cadillac LYRIQ, which is also coming to Europe as part of the American brand’s new launch as an electric-only brand. Whether it’s coming to the UK is a bit less certain for now, as that involves engineering the cars for right-hand drive, but it seems very likely that we’ll eventually see the Cadillac OPTIQ on sale in the UK by the end of 2025.

The Optiq sits on a modified version of the same Ultium platform that underpins the Hummer EV and the Cadillac Lyriq, and it gets an 85kWh usable battery. At the moment it’s estimated that it’ll manage around 300 miles, despite having a dual-motor setup as standard. We’d expect that’ll improve quite a bit when it’s tested under European test regulations. If it doesn’t, then the Cadillac is going to disappoint for efficiency, as lots of alternative electric cars manage a longer range from a big battery like this.

Full charging details haven’t been confirmed, but the Ultium platform is capable of supporting 800V rapid charging – which is the super-fast charging that we’ve seen on the Kia EV6 and Porsche Taycan – and Cadillac says that the Optiq will be able to suck up 79 miles of range in just ten minutes. That suggests that the OPTIQ will get 800V charging tech and will be able to top-up at speeds of usefully over 200kW, which could make this one of the fastest-charging electric SUVs.

Join Nicola as she takes a first look at the new Cadillac OPTIQ. Could it make a big difference when it lands in the UK next year? Let us know in the comments below.


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