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New Cadillac Optiq Costs More Than Tesla Model Y Performance, Might Be DOA-IQ

The Optiq likely faces an uphill battle as pricing will start around $54,000 which will make it far more expensive than the Tesla Model Y

 New Cadillac Optiq Costs More Than Tesla Model Y Performance, Might Be DOA-IQ

  • Cadillac has introduced the US-spec Optiq, which will arrive late this year and cost around $54,000.
  • The SUV has a standard dual-motor all-wheel drive system producing an estimated 300 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque.
  • Cadillac expects the model to have a range of around 300 miles.

Why? Why on earth would you spend an estimated $54,000 to get a Cadillac Optiq when the Tesla Model Y Performance is available now for $51,490 before incentives?

That’s an uncomfortable question, but one we’re left asking as the Optiq is likely facing an uphill battle. The problem isn’t just Tesla as Cadillac’s own Lyriq begins at $58,590 and that isn’t much more than the brand’s entry-level EV.

More: Cadillac Optiq Debuts In China With Two Batteries, Available AWD And 33-Inch Display

So what does the US-spec Optiq have to offer? A standard dual-motor all-wheel drive system producing an estimated 300 hp (224 kW / 304 PS) and 354 lb-ft (479 Nm) of torque. The model also rides on the Ultium platform and features an 85 kWh battery pack, which promises to deliver around 300 miles (483 km) of range. Cadillac was coy on additional details, but said the model can get up to 79 miles (127 km) of range in about 10 minutes using a DC fast charger.

Cadillac didn’t have much else to say about the crossover, but it features a Lyriq-like design with a black crystal grille, a choreographed lighting sequence, and a fixed glass roof. The model also sports flush-mounted door handles and acoustic laminated rear quarter glass with a unique design.

In terms of size, the Optiq measures 190 inches (4,820 mm) long, 84 inches (2,126 mm) wide, and 65 inches (1,644 mm) tall with a wheelbase that spans 116 inches (2,954 mm). Cadillac seems to have strangely rounded off those numbers, but the company claimed the wheelbase is 6 inches (152 mm) shorter than on the Lyriq. However, if the Chinese-spec model is any indication, the actual difference might be a more modest 5.5 inches (140 mm).

Questionable numbers aside, the Optiq has a Lyriq-inspired interior with a 33-inch display that features Google built-in. The model also has a 19-speaker AKG audio system as well as best-in-class “cargo capacity and second-row spaciousness.”

We can also see metallic accents as well as a mix of leather and fabric upholstery. The model comes standard with Super Cruise as well as an assortment of other driver assistance systems including adaptive cruise control, forward collision alert, and blind zone steering assist.

The 2025 Optiq will go into production this fall and be offered in Luxury and Sport guise. We can expect to learn more about the US-spec model closer to launch, but the crossover will be sold in Europe as well as China, where it debuted exactly one month ago.

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