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2026 Cadillac Vistiq Debuts as Brand's Newest Electric Crossover

Cadillac's electric lineup continues to expand. The automaker has just revealed photos of its third new EV this year and fifth overall, an XT6-sized crossover called the Vistiq.

The 2026 Cadillac Vistiq follows the Escalade IQ revealed earlier this year and the Optiq that the brand showed off last month. The three new EVs will join the Lyriq already on sale and the flagship Celestiq EV. To compare sizing with Cadillac's gas-powered lineup, the Vistiq is to the XT6 what the Lyriq is the XT5 and the Optiq the XT4.

The "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."

The three-row Cadillac Vistiq shares much of its styling with the larger Escalade IQ, including a closed-off grille and the brand's signature tall vertical running lights. The Vistiq's roofline looks more upright than the Escalade IQ's, though, suggesting that the third row of seating will be more usable. Aside from that, even looking closely at the released images of the two show that the big Cadillac SUVs will be difficult to tell apart.

Cadillac hasn't shared any details about the new model yet, but there are some things we know. For a start, it will be built on GM's Ultium battery architecture, the same underpinnings that you'll find under all of GM's EVs other than the Bolt and Bolt EUV.

A look at the trunk shows a 600 badge, suggesting that at least one powertrain will offer about 600 Nm of torque, which is 443 lb-ft for anyone not using metric force units. That's well under the 785 lb-ft of torque (badged 1000) of the Escalade IQ, but far north of what the gas-powered XT6 offers.

Wall-to-wall screens, like the giant 55-inch display in the Escalade IQ, are also possible. Even if the Vistiq doesn't have that big panel, the smaller Lyriq still has 33 inches of screen, so expect a lot of glass in the cabin.

Cadillac will reveal more details next year, including features, range, and pricing. As for when it will arrive at dealers, Cadillac is referring to the Vistiq as a 2026 model, so it should be in showrooms before the end of 2025.