Cadillac has unveiled that its maiden electric vehicle will be called the Lyriq. The luxury carmaker’s first-ever electric offering will be an SUV. The SUV was supposed to make its debut in LA in April but the debut has been delayed indefinitely for now. The Lyriq will be underpinned by GM’s new BEV platform. It will be paired with the new Ultium battery technology produced in collaboration with LG Chem.
The first vehicle to feature the Ultium technology will be the GMC Hummer which is set to be reborn as an electric truck. It will feature 1000hp and equally ridiculous amounts of torque. The details of the Lyriq remain scant, though it will probably go on sale by fall next year.
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Cadillac Lyriq Powertrain
The Lyriq will be powered by the Ultium battery technology. The scalable battery tech allows for pouch-style cells to be stacked vertically or horizontally depending on the vehicle. It can also feature anywhere from 50-200kWh. Considering that the Lyriq when launched, hopefully, next year, will go up against the Tesla Model X and the Jaguar i-Pace, we can expect the Lyriq to be powered by a configuration that can return 300 miles of range or more.
The Ultium platform also supports level 2 and DC fast charging which should translate to full charges in under two hours. According to GM the DC fast charging will be able to replenish the battery at a rate of 100 miles in 10 minutes.
Cadillac Lyriq Features and Pricing
There are no details available whatsoever pertaining to the trims and features. But we can estimate that unlike Tesla and Audi e-tron who boast of building the interior from recycled materials, the Lyriq will feature a healthy dose of real leather and other expensive materials. As for the screens, it could feature a similar HD curved OLED screen that was recently showcased in the 2021 Cadillac Escalade.
It would make sense for the company to offer its cutting edge of infotainment and navigation technology in the Lyriq.
|Price range /||$78,000–$97,000 (est)|
|Engine /||Single Dual motor with a 100-150 kWh battery pack|
|Power (KW) /||80 (est)|
|Torque (lb-ft) /||400–500 (est)|
|Range (miles) /||250–300|