The interior of the Cadillac Optiq was revealed before the Beijing Auto Show started

The interior of the Cadillac Optiq was revealed before the Beijing Auto Show started

The launch schedule slipped a bit, but the Cadillac Optiq is finally here — or there, rather, in China, where it was previewed online before meeting the public at this month’s Beijing Auto Show. The Cadillac was first shown outside in November, an extensive online leak now gives us a peek inside the cabin. The steering wheel and curved digital cluster display match the larger Lyriq. Below the instrument panel beltline, the two designs differ. The central Optiq has a horizontal trim element that can be illuminated with ambient light, matching the rows of horizontal stripes featured on the door cards. The lower skylight is concave rather than convex, with an open cubby below the HVAC controls as opposed to an enclosed storage. The two USB-C ports on the left side of the hub will save occupants from having to fish out of the pocket to plug it in. The infotainment dial and cup holder area look the same as on the Lyriq, but because the Optiq’s armrest is thinner, there’s a new design between the seats and the two elements are connected differently.

In the background, animated clips on Cadillac’s Chinese website show how the Optiq’s U-shaped DRL design will differ from the wreath found on the Lyriq.

The Optiq is on the same BEV3 platform as the Chevrolet Equinox EV and Buick Electra twins. China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) listed the Optiq as having the same 116.3-inch wheelbase as the Equinox EV. Around the rest of the car, the Chinese-market Optiq is 189.8 inches long, 75.3 inches wide, and 64.6 inches tall; compared to the Equinox EV, the Cadillac’s roof sits an inch higher, other dimensions are less than an inch. Compared to our Lyriq, the Optiq is about seven inches shorter and 2.5 inches thinner, but here again, its roof is almost an inch higher. The compact CUV weighs 4,850 pounds and tops out at 112 miles per hour.

website CNEVpost reported on two Optiq trims for China, separated by a tenth of an inch in roof height. All come with a single Ultium electric motor turning one of the axles. One trim produces 201 horsepower, the other trim 241 horsepower. We expect at least one AWD trim in the US that will match the 288 hp and 333 lb-ft of torque in the related Chevrolet Blazer EV.

Cadillac’s US website says the Optiq is coming here later this year as a 2025 model. We should know more about it at the Beijing show on April 25.