Cadillac’s 2026 Vistiq: A Paradigm-Shift in Electric Luxury SUVs

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Cadillac Vistiq (Credits: MotorTrend)

Cadillac is departing from conventional alphanumeric names for its electric models, opting for distinctive titles ending with an “IQ” suffix. While the Lyriq is the sole model currently in production, Cadillac is gearing up for an extensive expansion. In addition to the limited-production Celestiq flagship, the luxury automaker has unveiled upcoming EV SUVs like the full-size Escalade IQ and the compact Optiq. The latest addition to this lineup is the 2026 Cadillac Vistiq.

The Vistiq, despite its name evokes thoughts of a remedy for itchy eyes, is a visually appealing three-row SUV. Positioned between the mid-size Lyriq and the larger Escalade IQ, specific dimensions are yet to be disclosed. However, based on available information and visual cues, it appears to align closely with the size of the gas-powered three-row mid-size XT6 SUV.

Cadillac Vistiq
Cadillac Vistiq (Credits: Auto Evolution)

From the limited images released by Cadillac, the Vistiq showcases a spacious interior that seems to offer ample headroom across all three rows. Boasting a sleek design with retractable door handles, tasteful embellishments, and a distinctive illuminated grille, the Vistiq’s exterior mirrors the styling seen in the Lyriq and Escalade IQ. The 22-inch wheels on Michelin Pilot Sport all-season tires (295/40ZR-20 at the rear) contribute to its overall impressive appearance.

The rear of the Vistiq reveals a “600E4” badge, hinting at a potential shared dual-motor setup with the Lyriq 600E4. The Lyriq variant features all-wheel drive, delivering 500 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque. It’s plausible that the larger Vistiq will offer a similarly robust performance. Like the Lyriq, the Vistiq is built on GM’s Ultium battery platform, leaving room for the possibility of a rear-wheel-drive configuration with reduced power.

Cadillac has promised more information about the 2026 Vistiq, including its features and pricing, to be disclosed in the coming year. The anticipated production commencement is also slated for the same timeframe as the luxury automaker continues to forge ahead in the electric vehicle market.

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