Cadillac has bold ambitions for the Lyriq SUV and electrification in general. Most recently, Mahmoud Samara, vice president of sales and marketing at General Motors, went on social media and shared a pre-production photo of the Cadillac Lyriq displaying its products on GM’s Michigan testing ground.
Sure, the image shows a heavily camouflaged version of Cadillac’s first all-electric vehicle, but it’s easy to discern the differences from the model car that Cadillac revealed last year. Right away, we see a slightly less dramatic C-pillar design with thicker B-pillars.
And while the show car has rear wheel cavities cutting through the rear doors, the pre-production version has a typical design found in most crossovers. General Motors CEO Mary Barra said the Lyriq would go into production in early 2022 and it looks like the automaker is on track to deliver on its promise.
“Now, with prototypes in place, our incredible engineering team is working hard to adjust the Lyriq to deliver a truly extraordinary SUV, which plants the cornerstone for Cadillac’s all-electric future,” Samara said in his LinkedIn post.
The Cadillac Lyriq is mounted on GM’s dedicated modular electric platform, the first GM product to do so. Extracting energy and strength from the brand’s long-range Ultium battery and electric motors, promising up to 400 miles of range and fast DC charging of up to 150 kW. Cadillac said the production Lyriq SUV will arrive with a single electric motor and rear-wheel drive, while the performance version will receive two electric and AWD engines.
Cadillac has not yet revealed the interesting parts, such as power and torque values, but we know that the Lyriq’s 50/50 weight distribution allows for better handling. We expect the performance version to offer powerful acceleration to embarrass most sports cars, possibly running from zero to 60 mph in less than 3.0 seconds. In addition, the Lyriq will feature GM’s Super Cruise speakerphone driver assistance to make life on the highway easier.
General Motors invested $ 2 billion in its Spring Hill assembly plant in Tennessee to build the new Cadillac Lyriq. The automaker’s EV roadmap also includes the highly anticipated Hummer EV truck and Hummer SUV, a Buick electric crossover and up to three new Chevrolet EVs, including a fully electric Chevy pickup truck to rival the incoming Ford electric F-150.
In the meantime, Cadillac plans to launch up to four electric SUVs, including a seven-seater giant (electric Escalade, perhaps?) And a smaller luxury crossover.