Two months after GM Authority first captured the 2024 Cadillac Lyriq Sport being tested on US roads, the all-new Cadillac Lyriq Sport AWD has just made its world debut in China.
The SAIC-GM joint venture introduced the all-new Cadillac Lyriq Sport AWD for the Chinese market, revealing the first official images of the all-electric crossover in Sport trim and equipped with all-wheel drive – the most powerful variant of Cadillac‘s first EV so far. In fact, the manufacturer opened the pre-sale period of the Lyriq’s new trim level, which runs until November 18th, and the first deliveries are scheduled for December.
Dubbed Lyriq AWD Performance in the local market, the all-new Cadillac Lyriq Sport AWD debuts in China with a sporty new appearance, including a blacked-out overall finish and the most capable powertrain ever announced for the crossover to date. This new Lyriq variant features notable differences from the introductory Luxury trim level with rear-wheel drive.
Cosmetically, the Cadillac Lyriq Sport AWD introduces a new crystal black grille with a diamond-cut triangle pattern. Unlike the “digital rain” effect found on the Luxury trim level, the Lyriq Sport’s grille has its own lighting effect called “flying wing” with feather-like shapes at both ends, along with gloss black trim replacing chrome throughout the exterior of the vehicle. Additionally, the taillights have transparent lenses in keeping with Cadillac’s Y trim level strategy.
From a mechanical standpoint, the new Cadillac Lyriq Sport AWD is equipped with two permanent magnet synchronous electric motors – one on each axle – that produce 375 kW or 503 horsepower and 710 Nm or 524 pound-feet of torque, and features a 700E badge on the rear – at least in China. In this configuration, the Lyriq Sport AWD is said to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds, while its driving range is rated at 287 miles according to the CLTC standard.
The pre-sale period for all-new Cadillac Lyriq Sport AWD has just in China and will begin arriving at the brand’s exclusive Cadillac IQ Store dealer network in the Asian country at the end of December. The Cadillac Lyriq was officially launched in China in early June in Luxury and Prestige trims, which began shipping in late September when the first units rolled out of the Cadillac Jinqiao plant in Shanghai.