The Cadillac Lyriq will launch with a single-motor, rear-wheel-drive powertrain rated at 340 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. This setup will provide more than enough performance in the battery-electric crossover and, as GM Authority learned this week, will also enable it to tow as much weight as several gasoline-powered mid-size crossovers.
The maximum towing capacity for the Cadillac Lyriq will sit at 3,500 pounds or 1,588 kilograms, GM Authority can confirm. This puts the towing performance of the Cadillac Lyriq on par with that of the Cadillac XT5 mid-size crossover, which also has max towing capacity of 3,500 pounds. The towing capacity for the Cadillac Lyriq remains the same if the trailer is or is not equipped with brakes.
This same towing capacity will apply to future all-wheel-drive versions of the Cadillac Lyriq, as well. These models will come with the trailering equipment package as standard, however, whereas it will be optional on rear-wheel-drive models. Production of these AWD model variants is expected to begin later this year. At the moment, only rear-wheel-drive models are rolling off the assembly line at the GM Spring Hill Assembly plant in Tennessee. Production of the vehicle began at the plant in late March.
GM started accepting pre-orders for the sold-out 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 of the Debut Edition units will come standard with the above-mentioned single-motor powertrain, along with a 12-module, 100.4 kWh Ultium battery pack providing a GM-estimated 300 miles of driving range on a full charge. The electric luxury crossover rides on the GM BEV3 platform. Prices for the Debut Edition trim level in the U.S start at $59,990.