With contemporary styling, more than 300 miles of pure electric range and an available all-wheel-drive performance model, the Cadillac Lyriq offers up a lot for General Motors fans to get excited about. If there’s one thing that has tempered excitement over the arrival of Cadillac’s first-ever electric vehicle, though, it’s the predicted arrival date.
While GM pulled the veil from its new Cadillac Lyriq show car during a live stream last week, the production version of the electric crossover will not enter production until late in the 2022 calendar year. The EV’s scheduled arrival was confirmed by ex-Cadillac president and current GM North America president Steve Carlisle during a recent media conference call that GM Authority executive editor Alex Luft was on.
“We’re looking at a late 2022 introduction as a 2023 model,” Carlisle responded when asked when production of the Cadillac Lyriq was slated to begin.
While the Cadillac Lyriq seems as though it’s a competitive battery-electric offering from GM, its scheduled arrival may leave some Cadillac fans feeling disappointed. The electric vehicle space is rapidly changing and highly competitive, so in an ideal world, the Lyriq would be going on sale in late 2021 or early 2022 instead. That said, GM is planning to transition almost entirely to battery-electric passenger cars, so it will want to take the time to get some of its first EVs right in order to establish a good reputation as a manufacturer of EVs. It’s also worth noting that a two-year launch timeframe is par for the course for today’s highly advanced EV programs. Just look at Tesla and the long development lead times it has experienced thus far.
The Cadillac Lyriq that GM showed last week is not a production model, but rather a show car that is 80 to 85 percent representative of the final product. Base Lyriq models will have rear-wheel-drive, while a performance all-wheel-drive model will be available at additional cost. Certain models will feature a 100 kWh battery pack with more than 300 miles of range and will come with the option for DC fast charging at rates of over 150 kW. Interior highlights include a 33-inch LED display, available 19-speaker AKG stereo and GM’s semi-autonomous Super Cruise driver-assist system.
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