Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
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Cadillac shocks Detroit Auto Show with electric SUV preview

Cadillac shocks Detroit Auto Show with electric SUV preview

On Sunday night, General Motors showed renderings of a future long-range, all-electric SUV to be offered roughly three years hence by its Cadillac luxury brand.

On the eve of the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, Cadillac has surprised the media with a first look at an upcoming electric crossover SUV, perhaps the first of many electric vehicles to come for the marque. According to the company-issued report, this Cadillac EV will be based on GM's next-gen EV architecture.

That would be an all-new, fully electric vehicle for Cadillac.

Details about the vehicle were also being kept under wraps until closer to its launch date, which GM did not announce. "It will represent the height of luxury and innovation while positioning Cadillac as the pinnacle of mobility".

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Cadillac president Steve Carlisle said the battery-powered utility would be the first vehicle derived from GM's future dedicated electric-vehicle platform. "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". The brand has also confirmed that "a variety" of electric cars based on the BEV3 platform will be added to its lineup.

The new platform will be flexible, and adaptable to front-, rear- and all-wheel-drive configurations.

Cadillac has a goal to sell an electric SUV priced more affordably than Tesla Inc.'s Model X, which often retails for more than $100,000.

That platform, GM said, will allow the company "to respond quickly to customer preferences with a relatively short design and development lead time" due to its flexibility and variability.

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