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Cadillac has officially raised the curtain on yet another EV—following the Lyriq, Vistiq, Escalade IQ and Celestiq—this one serving as the brand’s entry model in North America, reports Autoblog.

The 2025 Cadillac Optiq slots below the Lyriq as a compact luxury crossover with an automaker-estimated 300 miles of range, and standard dual-motor all-wheel drive and GM’s Super Cruise.

The Cadillac Optiq boasts an 85-kilowatt-hour battery pack providing the aforementioned 300 miles of estimated range. Cadillac didn’t provide a specific peak DC charge rate, but said the Optiq could recoup up to 79 miles in 10 minutes on a fast charger. Its front permanent magnet and rear induction motor provide a total system output of 300 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque.

The Optiq features both one-pedal driving and GM's Regen-On-Demand paddle borrowed from the likes of the Chevy Bolt and Cadillac Lyriq.

e-Pedal is the world's first single-pedal control system that enables the driver to make the car come to a complete stop, even on hilly terrain, hold it stationary on a downhill or uphill slope, and immediately restart the vehicle.

Regen-on-Demand can transfer the vehicle's forward kinetic energy to electrical energy stored in the batteries to maximize range. Using a paddle shifter, Regen-on-Demand can slow the vehicle to a stop without pressing the brake pedal, according to a description of this system on Auto Premium Group's website.

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