Cadillac Lyriq AWD Could Get 500 Horsepower Dual-Motor Powertrain6
The Cadillac Lyriq is in line to receive a dual-motor, all-wheel-drive powertrain that will be good for roughly 500 horsepower.
Car and Driver tuned in to a live Q&A session hosted by Cadillac on the luxury automaker’s Instagram page this week, in which executives answered questions posed by Cadillac fans in the comments. During this Q&A session, the automaker confirmed the forthcoming dual-motor, all-wheel-drive version of the Cadillac Lyriq crossover will be good for roughly 500 horsepower – a significant 160 horsepower more than the single-motor, rear-wheel-drive model. This will give the luxury crossover quicker acceleration, although as we reported previously, the towing capacity for RWD and AWD models will remain exactly the same at 3,500 pounds.
All Cadillac Lyriq models that will be delivered in the coming months will be the sold-out Cadillac Lyriq Debut Edition trim level. All of these Debut Edition units will come standard with the above-mentioned single-motor Ultium Drive powertrain, rated at 340 horsepower and 325 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. The electric luxury crossover rides on the GM BEV3 platform. Prices for this Debut Edition trim level in the U.S start at $59,990, however seeing as it’s now sold out, would-be customers will have to wait for Cadillac to open the order books for the regular series production models in May.
Cadillac confirmed during a media conference call in March that deliveries of the all-wheel-drive Lyriq would begin in early 2023, with production expected to begin later this year. The model will be officially referred to as the Performance AWD, indicating its higher performance level when compared to that of the rear-wheel-drive model. All Cadillac Lyriq units will be produced at the automaker’s newly renovated GM Spring Hill plant in Tennessee.
We expect more information on the Cadillac Lyriq AWD to come to light between now and its official arrival in the U.S. next year. In the meantime, be sure to subscribe to GM Authority for more Cadillac Lyriq news, Cadillac news, GM electric vehicle news and around-the-clock GM news coverage.
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Nice Caddy good looks it’s about time they made something different instead of chasing BMW!
I like the fact they are not copying the Germans, but that rear end screams “Pontiac Aztec.”
Tigger nothing could ever be as ugly as the Pontiac Aztec… Even an AMC pacer is better looking the cheapest Hyundai from the 90’s is better looking!
Cannot wait to drive the Dual Motor Lyriq.
Going to be interesting to see what the pricing and trim options turn out to be.
I’m pretty interested in this vehicle for the wife/ family carrier and our first EV in < 24 months. The AWD #s are about right, although I would prefer a minimum of 350 miles range as real world EV range is always considerably less than advertised.
Last time I shopped for an SUV the Cadillac was nice, but frankly a joke in the value comparison when I lined it up against the Grand Cherokee that we ended up with and still own today.
I'd like to see the top range EVs be sub $65K but that's probably, highly optimistic.
However the custom 'greeting' light show grill is frankly embarrassing and I'm sure it can be turned off, but how much did I spend for that grill full of LEDs and what does a fender bender cost to repair?