During a presentation to members of the International Motor Press Association (IMPA) this week, Cadillac Global Vice President Rory Harvey indicated that production of the luxury brand’s first all-electric vehicle is scheduled to start at the end of next March. The Cadillac Lyriq First Edition will be the first variant to arrive and will come with a single rear-mounted electric motor along with a 100 kWh lithium-ion battery providing more than 300 miles of range on a full charge. Other standard equipment includes a 19.2 kW onboard charger, Cadillac’s hands-free Super Cruise driving assistant and an AKG audio system, among more.
GM invested $2 billion into the Spring Hill Assembly plant in order to prepare it for Cadillac Lyriq production. It is also building a new $2.3 billion Ultium Cells LLC battery plant on a plot of land next door to the Spring Hill plant, which will provide the lithium-ion battery cells for use in the Lyriq’s Ultium battery pack. GM is expected to build a new Acura electric crossover on behalf of Honda at the Spring Hill plant sometime in the near future, as well, though it has yet to make an official announcement with regard to the manufacturing partnership. The plant currently produces the Cadillac XT5, Cadillac XT6 and GMC Acadia crossovers, which will remain in production alongside the Lyriq.
The Cadillac Lyriq will be priced from $59,990 including the destination freight charge in the United States once it launches next year. GM will also begin accepting reservations for the First Edition model this September, allowing customers to reserve their spot in line for the highly anticipated electric crossover.
GM used virtual simulation technology to speed up the development of the Cadillac Lyriq and as a result, the crossover is entering production nine months ahead of schedule. The automaker used similar simulation tech to speed up the development of the GMC Hummer EV as well, which will enter production at the automaker’s newly renovated Factory Zero plant in Michigan later this year.