After kicking off local pre-production of the all-new Cadillac Lyriq and revealing the special benefits that the vehicle’s first customers in China will receive, GM officially announced the local name of Cadillac‘s electric crossover for the Chinese market.
The local name of the Cadillac Lyriq in China is “锐歌” or Ruige, whose translation from Mandarin would be equivalent to “Cutting-Edge Song.” As such, the crossover based on GM’s Ultium Battery and Ultium Drive technology will be referred to in China as the Cadillac Lyriq 锐歌. This communication practice is a common way to sell vehicles with their own names in Asian countries.
This is the first time Cadillac establishged a Chinese name for one of its vehicles since its official introduction in the country in 2004. Up until now, all of the brand’s models sold in China have used alphanumeric nameplates that did not require translation or the use of a local name that makes pronunciation easier among clients in the Asian country.
Along with announcing the local name of the Cadillac Lyriq and its sales start in China, the automaker unveiled two new trim levels of the Lyriq that will complete the model’s range in the Asian country. The crossover lineup in China will feature three trims, including long-range Luxury RWD, long-range Premium RWD, and high-performance Premium AWD.
The first two Cadillac Lyriq variants are equipped with a synchronous motor that delivers 342 horsepower (255 kW) and 325 pound-feet of torque (440 Nm) as well as a driving range of 312 miles (653 km). The range-topping Premium AWD has two electric motors that deliver a total of 503 horsepower (375 kW), 524 pound-feet (710 Nm) of torque, and a driving range of 287 miles (600 km), according to the Chinese Light-Duty Vehicle Test Cycle.
The all-new Cadillac Lyriq is expected to officially launch in China in the coming weeks and arrive in early July at the brand’s new “IQ Store” dealer network in the Asian country. The just-announced Premium trim for the Chinese market adds more upscale features such as a twin-panel panoramic roof, Nappa leather upholstery, and a more elaborate sound system.