Cadillac reveals its first electric vehicle

2020 Cadillac XT6 makes global debut

Cadillac shocks Detroit Auto Show with electric SUV preview

General Motors (GM) CEO Mary Barra told investors ahead of the show Friday that the company is working on an all-electric Cadillac.

The look at the brand's first battery-electric vehicle came as part of the 2019 Detroit auto-show debut for the 2020 Cadillac XT6, a three-row crossover utility vehicle powered by a very conventional 3.6-liter V-6 gasoline engine.

That was counter to the Toyota Prius model, in which an expensive new powertrain was launched in a small, mass-priced car-in part to achieve that car's social goals of reducing overall fuel consumption, which it did.

"The first-ever Cadillac XT6 delivers a compelling blend of spaciousness, safety and convenience features for customers who thrive on doing it all", said Steve Carlisle, Cadillac president.

Details about the vehicle were also being kept under wraps until closer to its launch date, which GM did not announce.

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GM is vowing to reposition Cadillac as an EV brand. "It will represent the height of luxury and innovation while positioning Cadillac as the pinnacle of mobility". The electric Caddy crossover will be just the first in a range of vehicles to make use of the platform, which has been created to accommodate front-, rear- or all-wheel drive configurations.

GM's future EV platform, which Cadillac will be the first to use, will be flexible, allowing the company to respond quickly to customer preferences with a relatively short design and development lead time. So far, what we do know is that it will be based on GM's upcoming future "BEV3" electric vehicle platform.

The new SUV EV will take on the likes of Tesla's own electric SUV, the Model X.

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.

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