The Cadillac Lyriq will arrive in the Middle East in mid-2023, General Motors has announced.
With these announcements, the Middle East is set to become the first market outside of the United States and China where the Cadillac Lyriq is offered. The battery-electric luxury crossover will launch in the U.S. and China starting in early 2022.
“The Middle East is Cadillac’s largest market outside China and North America, and we recognize the opportunity to launch outstanding vehicles in a market that is driven by a desire for the world’s very best technology,” said Cadillac Middle East boss, Kristian Aquilina.
“With stunning design and artfully integrated technology combined with GM’s Ultium Platform, Lyriq will deliver a high-performance luxury experience unlike anything that has come before it,” Aquilina added. “We can’t wait to see it on our roads.”
At launch in North America, the Cadillac Lyriq will feature a 100 kWh lithium-ion battery pack and a rear-mounted electric motor producing 340 horsepower and 324 pound-feet of torque. This setup will provide over 310 miles of real-world driving range on a full charge. GM has not provided any details on the version of the Cadillac Lyriq that will launch in the Middle East in 2023, but it did note that the specifications for the Middle East-spec model will vary.
It’s also not clear if Cadillac Lyriq models destined for the Middle East will be produced at the GM Spring Hill Assembly plant in Tennessee, or if they will come from the Cadillac Jinqiao plant in Shanghai. The Spring Hill plant is expected to mainly produce models for North American consumption, while the Jinqiao facility will build Lyriq models for local consumption in China. The Middle East is the largest market for Cadillac vehicles outside of the U.S. and China, with the Cadillac Escalade leading the way in the region for the brand.