Almost six months after the official introduction of the all-new Cadillac Lyriq in China late last year, GM has just announced the pre-production start of Cadillac‘s all-electric crossover in the Asian country. With this, the Cadillac Lyriq is ever closer to beginning its commercial adventure in the world’s largest automotive market, and the most important one for electric vehicles.
The automaker confirmed that the first pre-production Cadillac Lyriq rolled off the assembly line at the Cadillac Jinqiao plant located in Shanghai, which is managed by SAIC-GM. This is an important change from the most recent information revealed by GM’s main joint venture in China, as it previously stated that the all-new Cadillac Lyriq would be the first vehicle built at the new Ultium Center plant, also located in Shanghai.
“I want to thank the team for doing an excellent job to achieve this important milestone during this critical time. It’s a strong testament to our world-class manufacturing,” said Vice President of Cadillac in China, Chris Biggs, in a statement. “Today takes us one big step closer to enabling our customers to enjoy the industry-leading EV technology and luxury experience that only Cadillac can offer,” he added.
The pre-production start of the all-new Cadillac Lyriq in China occurs a month and a half after the luxury crossover’s start of series production at the GM Spring Hill plant in Tennessee on March 21st. GM’s initial plan was to start selling the Cadillac Lyriq in China first, but the semiconductor shortage affected the supply chain and delayed the vehicle’s launch in the Asian country.
The all-new Cadillac Lyriq has just entered the final testing stage in China before mass production and customer deliveries begin. GM will use this stage to optimize the manufacturing process, perform reliability testing and complete local validation of some of the vehicle’s features, including the infotainment system and Super Cruise technology to ensure the highest level of quality.
Regular production of the new Cadillac Lyriq will begin in China in the coming weeks, whiles sales and the first customer deliveries are scheduled for early July. The luxury electric crossover will debut a new Cadillac direct-selling system in the country through its all-new “IQ Stores” network, a brand-owned dealer franchise created exclusively for electric vehicles.