Production of the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq commenced at the newly renovated GM Spring Hill Assembly plant in Tennessee back in March. Now the automaker has begun delivering the battery-electric crossover to U.S. dealers, with a Michigan store receiving the very first customer example in the world over the Fourth of July weekend.
Cadillac of Novi received the very first 2023 Cadillac Lyriq last week, with the second model being delivered to LaFontaine Cadillac in nearby Highland., Mich. Cadillac spokesman Michael Albano told The Detroit Free Press that the first shipments have gone to markets where the vehicle is in the highest demand, which include New York, Detroit and Los Angeles. While all of these markets received equal priority, the haulers arrived in Detroit before they got to NYC or LA.
The Cadillac Lyriq is hard to come by at the moment, with GM selling out of the First Edition launch model just a few minutes after it opened up the order books last year. One Michigan dealer the Detroit Free Press spoke to, Cadillac of Novi, had a customer offer $30,000 over sticker for the sole Cadillac Lyriq they had in stock, which was already earmarked for another customer. The store told the newspaper they currently have 13 orders for the series production Cadillac Lyriq RWD trim level for the 2023 model year, with another 130 waiting for a 2024 model year vehicle.
Power in the Cadillac Lyriw First Edition and Lyriq RWD trim levels comes from 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. The Lyriq AWD, meanwhile, features a dual-motor setup that bumps torque up to around 5 00 pound-feet. The vehicle rides on the GM BEV3 platform.
Production of the Cadillac Lyriq will slowly ramp up at the GM Spring Hill plant in the coming months, with the automaker targeting a production run of around 25,000 units for this year.