General Motors will release more details on the Cadillac luxury brand’s commitment to electric vehicles next week.
In a press release sent out Thursday, the American automaker said it planned to “share details about its commitment to Cadillac’s all-electric future in Tennessee on Monday, March 21,” which is the same day the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq will enter production at its Spring Hill Assembly plant in Tennessee. The announcement will be made in person from the Spring Hill plant, with participants including GM President Mark Reuss, Cadillac Vice President Rory Harvey, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and various UAW representatives.
GM CEO Mary Batta said in February the automaker would produce more examples of the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq this year than it had initially planned. The automaker expected to produce just 3,200 examples of the electric luxury crossover, but will now build more than 25,000 of them this year. While it’s not immediately clear how many pre-orders it has so far received for the vehicle, the automaker confirmed last year that roughly 216,000 customers had registered their interest in the Lyriq through its website.
GM began accepting pre-orders for the Cadillac Lyriq Debut Edition last year and is expected to open customer orders for regular, series production versions of the battery-electric crossover on May 19th. All Cadillac Lyriq examples produced this year will feature the single motor, rear-wheel-drive powertrain, which is rated at 340 horsepower and 324 pound-feet of torque. All-wheel-drive versions of the vehicle won’t enter production until early next year, GM Authority reported previously.
The Debut Edition trim will also come standard with a 12-module, 100.4 kWh Ultium battery pack providing a GM-estimated 300 miles of driving range on a full charge. Only two wheel types and two exterior colors – Satin Steel Metallic and Stellar Black Metallic – will be offered from launch. Additional exterior and interior colors and options are expected to be added to the crossover’s order books once production of the Debut Edition is complete.
GM invested nearly $2 billion in its Spring Hill Assembly plant to support EV production there. In addition to the Lyriq, the facility is expected to also one day build an electric Acura crossover on behalf of GM’s technology sharing partner, Honda.