Introducing the 2024 Cadillac Optiq electric SUV, now potentially available in Australia.

Cadillac’s New Model Optiq Compared to Tesla Model Y

Cadillac may be introducing its second new model in Australia with the potential launch of the Optiq, a direct competitor to the Tesla Model Y. This new mid-size electric SUV was recently unveiled in China and the United States, and it could potentially be the second model for the luxury brand in Australia, assuming it is produced in right-hand drive.

Although plans for the Optiq’s arrival in Australia have not been confirmed, the name “Cadillac Optiq” has already been registered as a trademark in Australia. This suggests that the luxury brand has intentions of expanding its electric vehicle lineup in the country. In addition to the Optiq, the name “Escalade IQ” – referring to Cadillac’s largest electric vehicle – has also been registered, hinting at even more electric models to come.

The Optiq is a five-seat electric SUV measuring 4,822mm long, 1,912mm wide, and 1,642mm high, with a wheelbase of 2,954mm. In terms of size, it falls between the Tesla Model Y and the larger Cadillac Lyriq Electric SUV. The vehicle is expected to offer two single-motor rear-wheel drive variants as well as a dual-motor all-wheel drive variant, with variations in power output.

In China, the Optiq is expected to be produced locally, but it is still unclear whether it will also be manufactured in the United States for sale in North American markets. This uncertainty may be influenced by the tariffs imposed on Chinese-made cars sold in the US. The vehicle is said to potentially use batteries supplied by the Chinese company CATL, which also provides battery packs for other well-known automakers such as Tesla.

The Optiq is expected to go on sale in the United States and China next year, with more details about features and pricing to be announced closer to the launch date. If the Optiq arrives in Australia, it is not anticipated to be available until 2025, as the larger Cadillac Lyriq is scheduled to be launched in late 2024.

As of now, few specific details about the Cadillac Optiq have been released, and Cadillac in the US has stated that additional details will be unveiled next year. Despite the lack of detailed information, it is clear that Cadillac’s goal is to bolster its electric vehicle lineup and pave the way for the brand’s return to Australia after a more than 50-year absence.

This news comes as the demand for electric vehicles continues to rise globally, with more automakers focusing on electrification and sustainable mobility. The launch of the Optiq could be a significant step for Cadillac as it seeks to establish a stronger presence in the electric vehicle market.

Alex Misoyannis, a seasoned car journalist, has been following the latest developments in the automotive industry and will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available. With a penchant for cars from a young age and a strong background in automotive journalism, Alex brings invaluable insights to the emerging electric vehicle market.

The unveiling of the Cadillac Optiq is expected to generate significant interest among car enthusiasts and consumers alike, as the luxury brand solidifies its position in the increasingly competitive electric vehicle segment. As the industry continues to evolve, it will be fascinating to see how Cadillac’s new electric models will impact the global automotive landscape.