This is Cadillac’s first fully electric auto

Daniel Fowler
January 14, 2019

"The first-ever Cadillac XT6 delivers a compelling blend of spaciousness, safety and convenience features for customers who thrive on doing it all", said Steve Carlisle, Cadillac president.

What we do know is that the auto will be based on GM's "BEV3" electric vehicle platform, which means flexibility for use in any type of vehicle, along with front-, rear- and all-wheel-drive configurations.

The Cadillac EV's name and additional details will be revealed closer to launch.

The drive units and battery cells are designed for maximum usability throughout GM's vehicle line so don't be surprised to see the drivetrain and packs show up in other EVs down the road.

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That was counter to the Toyota Prius model, in which an expensive new powertrain was launched in a small, mass-priced car-in part to achieve that car's social goals of reducing overall fuel consumption, which it did. "It joins the all-new XT4, which has soared to the top spot in its segment, our global best-selling XT5 and the iconic Escalade to accelerate the brand's global growth, with a spirit that is uniquely Cadillac".

That anomalous model was also followed by GM with its first Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid in 2011. The BEV3 platform will underpin multiple future Cadillac body styles.

A large luxury crossover utility is inherently more profitable for any automaker than a compact hatchback, and those profits plus the falling costs seen by GM should ensure the electric Cadillac will not lose money.

Due out in 2022, the SUV will be one of the first purely electric models released under the Cadillac moniker. Expect to see BEV3 underpinning a wide range of GM vehicles globally over the next few years.

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