Representing the second model year of Cadillac’s first-ever all-electric vehicle, the 2024 Cadillac Lyriq introduces new trim levels, new features and new paint colors over the introductory 2023 Cadillac Lyriq. Now, GM Authority photographers have captured a Chinese-market 2024 Lyriq undergoing validation testing around GM’s facilities in Michigan.
To begin, it’s clear that this particular example is a Chinese-spec model due to the Chinese-market badges on the rear liftgate. That being said, this 2024 Lyriq is coated in Radiant Red Tintcoat (color code GNT), which is a new paint color for the North American-market Lyriq.
Despite being badged as a Chinese-market unit, this 2024 Cadillac Lyriq is dressed up as a North American Lyriq Sport, which includes dark window surrounds, body-colored door handles, dark lower-body moldings, and clear-lens taillamps. As for rollers, this ensemble rides on the new 20-inch Dynamic 12-Spoke alloy wheels with the Diamond Cut/Satin Dark Android finish (RPO code RD4), which are equipped as standard fare on North American Lyriq Sport 1 and Sport 2 trims.
It’s unclear why GM is testing this Chinese-market Lyriq in North America, which is built at SAIC-GM’s Jinqiao assembly plant in China, using locally manufactured battery packs and electric motors. In fact, the Lyriq is said to use battery packs composed of cylindrical cells instead of the pouch-style technology used by Ultium Cells in our market.
As a reminder, the Sport trim level, along with the “base” Tech, are new for the 2024 Cadillac Lyriq, completing Cadillac’s Y-trim trifecta. In fact, GM Authority was the first to spot a Lyriq Sport variant in the wild.
Under the skin, the all-electric luxury crossover rides on the GM BEV3 platform, and draws motivation from GM Ultium batteries paired with GM Ultium Drive motors. Production takes place at the Spring Hill plant in Tennessee, while full pricing for the 2024 model is also available.