The Cadillac Lyriq is the luxury marque’s first foray in the EV space, debuting a new all-electric crossover replete with tech features. Now, according to Cadillac, the first Lyriq AWD models are set to arrive in early 2023.
Cadillac confirmed that deliveries of the Lyriq AWD would begin early in the 2023 calendar year during a recent conference call with members of the media. Production of the Lyriq AWD is expected to start late in 2022. The model is referred to as the Performance AWD, indicating that it will be more powerful than the rear-wheel drive model.
The first Cadillac Lyriq variant to be produced will be the Debut Edition, which is set to start rolling off the line on March 21st, as GM Authority reported previously. Critically, the Cadillac Lyriq Debut Edition will be rear-wheel drive only.
Per an open letter to GM shareholders from General Motors CEO Mary Barra, which was released in conjunction with the with the recent GM Q4 2021 earnings report, strong customer interest in the new Cadillac Lyriq has prompted General Motors to forgo a new round of reservations and begin taking customer orders following the launch of the Debut Edition model.
Reservations for the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq Debut Edition initially opened last September following the model’s production-ready debut in April. Interested customers were encouraged to place a reservation, each of which included a $100 charge. According to General Motors, reservations for the Cadillac Lyriq Debut Edition were filled just 10 minutes after they were opened.
As for the specs, the Cadillac Lyriq Debut Edition features an Ultium-based 100.4 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, as well as a single GM Ultium Drive electric motor mounted in the rear axle. Range-per-charge is set at 300 miles, while peak output is set at 340 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. Plugged into a DC quick-charge source, the Lyriq can gain upwards of 76 miles of range in just 10 minutes. Under the skin is the GM BEV3 all-electric vehicle platform. Production will take place at the GM Spring Hill plant in Tennessee.