Since its debut in the U.S. and China back in November, the all-electric Cadillac Optiq has been a bit of a rarity. While the luxury marque released a few photos of the Optiq during its reveal, we haven’t been able to get a good look at the new luxury electric crossover in the real world aside from heavily camouflaged prototypes. But now, Cadillac Society spotted one in full view making the rounds out on public roads.
This 2024 Cadillac Optiq was out and about in Michigan, and – judging by the salt and grime on its lower door panels and hide – has seen some adverse weather conditions. Under the dirt, the model is finished in a metallic gray color, and appears to be almost production-ready, save for some tape on its exterior, which was used to hold the tarp-like camouflage that has since been removed. The model appears to be an Optiq Sport trim, since it features dark exterior accents and a notable lack of chrome elements.
This is also the first time we’ve been able to see the Optiq’s unique rear quarter window in natural lighting. It features a series of slanted, quasi-horizontal lines whose purpose seems to complement the downward slant of its rear end and liftgate, while conveying a sense of forward motion. These lines even match up with the inner graphics in the upper taillights.
The rear end of this particular Cadillac Optiq sports Chinese badging on the liftgate, meaning this one is representative of the Chinese-spec model.
Set to slot under the Lyriq in Cadillac’s ever-expanding battery electric vehicle lineup, the Optiq rides on a variant of the BEV3 platform, which currently underpins the Lyriq as well as the Celestiq ultra luxury sedan. However, we expect it to be available with either rear- or optional all-wheel-drive. Thus far, Cadillac has kept most details regarding the Optiq close to the vest, including its powertrain figures and pricing.
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