The Cadillac Lyriq battery-electric crossover looks set to be sold in the Russian market at some point in the not-too-distant future.
In a press release issued by Cadillac Russia this week, the company appeared to indicate it had been in contact with GM’s top brass regarding availability for the Lyriq, which said the battery-electric crossover model had already been green-lit for the Russian market.
“It is still unknown when the model will appear in Russia, however, representatives of the top management of GM International have repeatedly confirmed plans for its appearance on the market,” a translated version of the release says.
So far, GM has confirmed the Cadillac Lyriq will be sold in the United States, Canada, China and the Middle East. The Lyriq is expected to first be sold in China before U.S. and Canadian sales begin shortly after in early 2022. The vehicle will not arrive in the Middle East until mid-2023.
Cadillac Lyriq models destined for the U.S. and Canadian markets will be produced at the GM Spring Hill Assembly plant in Tennessee. Vehicles to be sold in China will be built locally at the Cadillac Jinqiao plant in Shanghai. It’s not clear where Cadillac may build Russian-spec Lyriq models, although the China plant is geographically much closer to Russia than the U.S. plant.
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. It’s possible the specifications for the Russian, Chinese and Middle East versions of the Lyriq will differ from the U.S. spec model, it should be noted.
Pricing for the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq will start at $59,990 in the U.S. including destination, while Canadian customers can expect to pay $69,898 with DFC.