After months of hype, General Motors finally unveiled the Cadillac Lyriq EV crossover in show car form earlier this month, previewing Cadillac’s new electric future. Now, the luxury brand has posted a brief video highlighting some of the impressive EV technology slated for the final production-ready Lyriq vehicle.
Titled “Verse II: The Crown Jewel,” the video is just over two minutes long, showing off various bits of EV tech for the new Cadillac Lyriq crossover. The video kicks off with some slick footage and quick edits with grandiose voiceover narration.
The video then slows down a bit to give us a closer look at what’s under the skin of the new Cadillac Lyriq. This includes an overview of the Lyriq’s new BEV3 modular electric vehicle platform, and the new Ultium battery technology.
“The crown jewel of the Ultium system is the battery cell itself, where our strategy is to use the fewest number of the largest cells possible,” says lead architect and strategy manager, high voltage battery packs, Andy Oury. “These cells are then packaged into modules. This system is a simple, lightweight, and a space-efficient solution, which enables us to optimize the battery energy storage and the layout for each vehicle design.”
The Ultium battery technology comes with a nickel-manganese-cobalt chemistry which is then modified with aluminum, adding to overall range at lower cost.
All told, the Cadillac Lyriq will offer more than 300 miles of range per charge, with support for Level 1 and Level 2 AC charging capabilities, as well as DC Fast Charging capabilities up to 150 kW.
The video also hints at further Caddy EVs headed down the pipeline, with former Cadillac president and newly appointed president of GM North America, Steve Carlisle, ending the video by saying that “Lyriq is just the beginning.”
The Cadillac Lyriq will hit production in late 2022 for the 2023 model year. Production is expected to take place at the GM Detroit-Hamtramck facility in Michigan, with pricing starting under the $60,000 mark.