GM staged a ceremony at the Spring Hill Assembly plant earlier this week to mark the start of production of the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq there, which was attended by GM president Mark Reuss and Tennessee Governor Bill Lee. The Lyriq is built on a flexible assembly line at Spring Hill, which allows for the internal combustion engine GMC Acadia, Cadillac XT5 and Cadillac XT6 crossovers to be built on the same line as the battery-electric Lyriq. As such, the video shows the Lyriq rolling down the assembly line alongside the Acadia, XT5 and XT6.
GM invested $2 billion in the Spring Hill facility to produce the Lyriq, which went toward expansions for the paint and body shops, along with upgrades for the general assembly area, including new machines, conveyors, controls and tooling. Spring Hill is now GM’s third North American vehicle manufacturing site to produce EVs, joining the Factory Zero plant in Detroit and Hamtramck, Michigan, and Orion Assembly in Orion Township, Michigan.
“This is a monumental day for the entire GM team,” Reuss said following the start of Lyriq production at Spring Hill on Monday. “We retooled Spring Hill Assembly with the best, most advanced technology in the world and the team worked tirelessly to complete the preparations nine months ahead of the original schedule.”
“The Cadillac Lyriq sets the standard for the future of Cadillac and marks another major milestone in GM’s commitment to an all-electric future,” he added.
The 2023 Cadillac Lyriq, which rides on the GM BEV3 platform, is powered by a single motor, rear-wheel-drive powertrain, which is rated at 340 horsepower and 324 pound-feet of torque, along with a 12-module, 100.4 kWh Ultium battery pack providing a GM-estimated 300 miles of driving range on a full charge. GM began accepting pre-orders for the sold-out Debut Edition last year and is expected to open customer orders for regular, series production versions of the battery-electric crossover on May 19th. In the meantime, check out the video embedded below to see these initial Debut Edition models being built at Spring Hill.