Cadillac says that testing and development of the new Lyriq all-electric SUV has been going better than planned, so it’s bumping up its timeline by nine months. The automaker announced pricing, ordering information and additional technical details of the expected production version earlier today.
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The 2023 Lyriq, which we saw in concept car form in August, will be priced at $59,990 (including destination fee) and will be available for preordering in September, with deliveries set for the first half of 2022. The new Lyriq is one of the first new GM vehicles produced with the Ultium system; GM’s next-generation modular batteries are intended to be a more competitive system meant to match up to the latest and greatest electric vehicles from around the industry.
More Technical Details Emerge
Cadillac released estimates of most of the Lyriq’s specifications and now has begun to solidify what equipment the initial vehicle will arrive with. The Ultium lithium-ion battery will be a 12-module, 100-kilowatt-hour pack that will enable a rear-wheel-drive version to get a Cadillac-estimated 340 horsepower and about 325 pounds-feet of torque.
That battery pack will be able to charge at DC fast-charging stations at 190 kilowatts, enabling 76 miles of range in about 10 minutes of charging time, according to Cadillac. If you’re at home on a 240-volt charger, the Lyriq will have a 19.2-kilowatt onboard unit enabling 52 miles of range per hour of charging.
Driving the new Lyriq should be interesting, as it will debut Cadillac’s new variable Regen on Demand technology — basically, a pressure-sensitive paddle on the steering wheel that controls how quickly the Lyriq comes to a stop without needing to touch the brake pedal. It’s meant to be combined with the one-pedal driving systems that many EV drivers enjoy, which adds a bumper-car-like quality to their EV driving experience.
Some Unique Features
Cadillac is also finalizing some of the model’s unique features, and it looks like the 33-inch advanced LED display made the cut for production. It’s similar to the 38-inch split-triple-screen layout in the latest 2021 Cadillac Escalade but is instead integrated into one continuous panel stretching most of the width of the dashboard.
GM’s Super Cruise semi-autonomous driving system will be available, and the Lyriq will feature additional systems meant to amp up its luxury feel, such as Cadillac’s next-generation active noise-cancellation system, an AKG Studio 19-speaker premium audio system with head restraint speakers, KeyPass digital vehicle access and standard 20-inch split six-spoke alloy wheels with optional 22-inch rims.
Colors for the initial launch version of the Lyriq are limited to just two: Satin Steel Metallic or Stellar Black Metallic, with either Sky Cool Gray or Noir interiors. The new Lyriq will be built at GM’s Spring Hill, Tenn., assembly plant, with deliveries expected to start in the first half of 2022. More details about ordering, option pricing and other elements of the 2023 Lyriq will be available closer to the vehicle’s launch date in September.
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