With this investment, the GM Spring Hill plant will become the automaker’s third EV manufacturing plant, joining the GM Lake Orion Township and GM Factory Zero (formerly Detroit-Hamtramck) facilities in Michigan. The Lyriq will be built alongside the Cadillac XT5 and Cadillac XT6 crossovers at the plant, with Spring Hill set to remain a plant for both internal combustion engine and battery-electric Cadillac vehicles.
“Through this investment, Spring Hill’s paint and body shops will undergo major expansions and the general assembly will receive comprehensive upgrades, including new machines, conveyors, controls and tooling,” GM said in a statement. “The renovation work in Spring Hill will begin immediately.”
“These investments underscore the success of our vehicles today, and our vision of an all-electric future,” added GM CEO Mary Barra.
The Cadillac Lyriq won’t be the only battery-electric vehicle to be built at Spring Hill Assembly, with GM saying its future EV plans for the facility “include” the Lyriq, however the automaker refrained from naming any other products that could join it there. The rumored small Cadillac XT4-sized electric crossover, which would slot in underneath the Cadillac Lyriq in the automaker’s lineup, could be a potential candidate. There’s also a three-row electric Cadillac family crossover rumored to be in the works, as well.
The Cadillac Lyriq is expected to enter production in late 2022 as a 2023 model year vehicle. The crossover will ride on GM’s new BEV3 dedicated electric vehicle platform and will leverage its proprietary Ultium battery technology, as well. Pricing is expected to start at under $60,000 for the base model.