Cadillac reveals its first electric vehicle

Cadillac reveals its first electric vehicle

Cadillac reveals its first electric vehicle

The electric vehicle is a sleek, sexy crossover SUV with a design clearly cribbed from the equally stunning Escala concept auto shown in 2016, and while it doesn't have a name yet the development is being fast-tracked around a new modular EV platform General Motors only announced on Friday.

After promising on Friday that Cadillac would become GM's leading electric vehicle brand, the company unveiled the 2020 Cadillac XT6 EV two days later.

However, electric cars, including battery- and fuel cell-electric cars, are very much the focus of Cadillac's future.

The EV's name and specific details regarding its powertrain and range will be revealed closer to an also yet-unspecified launch window.

The General Motors Co. luxury brand will start building the vehicle after its current parade of new models hits the market by 2021, Cadillac President Steve Carlisle said during a press event on the eve of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The key will be GM's modular EV platform, which the automaker refers to as BEV3. It will also allow for a shorter development cycle.

GM said the batteries and drive units will be the most advanced in this platform.

It can accommodate front-, rear-, or all-wheel drive configurations, and the battery system output can be varied depending on the specific vehicle and the needs of its buyers.

Cadillac plans on releasing roughly one new vehicle every six months, including a forthcoming new performance sedan; and a refresh of its popular Escalade SUV.

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.

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