2025 Cadillac Vistiq.
GM had mentioned a few months ago they would unveil 3 new Cadillac EV models in 2023, and they did.
The 2025 Vistiq is the last new Cadillac we will see this year. After the launch of the big Cadillac Escalade IQ and the smaller Optiq a few weeks ago, we now have the 3-row Vistiq, which is the EV equivalent to the XT6 SUV.
I think the new Vistiq is better looking than the big Escalade IQ, which looks as obnoxious as the regular ICE Escalade. Just like the XT6, the Vistiq is probably very roomy (even more so than the XT6). There is a Cadillac IQ influence in the rear design, which is also in the smaller Optiq. But in general, I think the new model looks pretty good. And much nicer than the XT6.
As far as pricing, Cadillac has plenty of room under the $ 130,000 Escalade IQ. The Lyriq starts at around $ 58,000. I would assume the new Vistiq could probably start at around $ 70,000, or more. At this price, it would compete against the Rivian R1S. But even against the Kia EV9, it is priced up to around $ 74,000.
While it looks fine, I was still expecting more from Cadillac’s new EV family. They had a chance to really do something exceptional and new, and they didn’t. The Lyriq looked very new when it was introduced, but after years of delay and parts shortages, it looks OK. The Optiq seems pretty weird in the photos Cadillac released, and, I guess the Escalade IQ is just what Escalade customers want.
Nothing really new…
Here is the short official word from Cadillac : ” Cadillac continued to expand its electric vehicle portfolio today with confirmation of the VISTIQ. Slotted between LYRIQ and ESCALADE IQ, VISTIQ is a distinctive and innovative luxury three-row SUV, designed for the modern family.
“VISTIQ adds another compelling EV to the Cadillac lineup, reinforcing our commitment to an electric future,” said John Roth, vice president of Global Cadillac. “Our brand now has an EV entry in most luxury segments, offering customers a range of choices, and Cadillac EVs will cover most luxury SUV segments across critical global markets in the next two years.”
Additional VISTIQ details, including available features and pricing, will be released next year.