The Cadillac of EVs: Brand's First Luxury Electric SUV Announced

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GM recently announced a new focus on electric vehicles, with its Cadillac brand set to lead the way. At the reveal of the upcoming 2020 XT6 three-row SUV, Cadillac treated the media in attendance to a glimpse of an unnamed all-electric SUV — the first EV from the American luxury brand.

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The name of the SUV and its specs will be announced closer to its launch date, whenever that may be. Given Cadillac’s recent history, the name seems likely be some sort of alphanumeric Mad Lib. As for specs, it would seem unwise to release an EV without at least 200 miles of range in the current market — 250 would be even better if Cadillac hopes to offer a competitive alternative to a Tesla and differentiate itself from Jaguar’s I-Pace.

According to GM, the unnamed SUV will use a flexible platform, with batteries and drive units that can be shared across many different vehicles. This would give Cadillac and other GM brands the ability to adapt more quickly to consumer demands while offering a diverse lineup of electric models, the automaker says. The platform, batteries and drive units can be used for numerous body styles, as well as in front-, rear- and all-wheel-drive vehicles.

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Images of the SUV show lines that make it look like a futuristic Porsche Cayenne with an extreme interpretation of Cadillac’s current grille design. As an all-electric vehicle, however, that “grille” is likely to be solid, as it won’t need to allow air to pass through it. The styling is perhaps less derivative than the XT6 with which it shared a virtual stage.

Stay tuned for more details on Cadillac’s electrified future.’s Editorial department is your source for automotive news and reviews. In line with’s long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don’t accept gifts or free trips from automakers. The Editorial department is independent of’s advertising, sales and sponsored content departments.

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