The Cadillac EV borrows from the Lyriq, but has a unique look

DETROIT – Cadillac’s electric compact crossover will take styling cues from the Lyric midsize crossover, but it seems to have a shorter wheelbase and a smaller, more upright interior than its bigger brother.

According to spy photos of the compact crossover prototype, the side profile and layout are similar, but there are some scale and design differences. It has smaller door openings and windows than the Lyric, for example, with side mirrors mounted on the door.

The compact crossover is one of several Cadillac electric vehicles in the pipeline as the luxury brand transitions to an all-electric lineup by 2030. Cadillac, the brand set to lead General Motors’ EV transition, will have at least eight electric vehicles on sale. in the US by the end of 2026.

Cadillac hasn’t confirmed any EVs beyond the Lyriq on sale right now, and the Celestiq, set to go on sale next year.

The electric compact crossover will replace the XT4, which is expected to be discontinued in 2026. The EV will likely be built in 2024 at GM’s assembly plant in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico. Lyriq is built in Spring Hill, Tenn.

Sam Fiorani, vice president of Global Vehicle Forecasting, said, “The rear door of the new door feels smaller, and the rear of the second row of new models is smaller and more upright than the rear like the Lyric’s fastback.” Auto forecast solution.

Fiorani said the compact crossover looks to be about 181 inches taller, the same length as the XT4, and about 16 inches shorter than the Lyric.

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The name of the vehicle has not been announced, but the nameplates in the brand’s EV lineup will end in “iq”. Cadillac has trademarked the names Optiq, Symboliq, Ascendiq, Lumistiq and Vistiq.