Last year, General Motors and Honda tied-up for the launch of two co-developed Honda EVs based on the former’s global EV platform and Ultium batteries. One of these could be a mid-size Acura electric SUV.
Automotive News says in a report this year that GM plans to manufacture an Acura electric crossover at its Spring Hill, Tennessee plant from 2024. The company has already confirmed that it will manufacture the Cadillac Lyriq at this factory from 2022. It will invest $2 billion in the plant to build pure electric vehicles. The Cadillac Lyriq will be the first EV to roll off the production line.
Acura electric SUV size & expected specs
The Acura electric SUV is expected to be roughly the size of the Cadillac Lyriq, which is a mid-size SUV. GM markets the Cadillac Lyriq as a BEV alternative to the Cadillac XT5 (189.60 in. x 74.90 in. x 66.10 in.):
The average Cadillac XT5 owner travels 40 miles a day. Compare that with LYRIQ’s 300 miles of expected range on a full charge based on Cadillac testing — along with an ever-expanding network of public charging stations nationwide — and it’s clear that LYRIQ is poised to bring your destinations comfortably within range.cadillac.com/showcar/lyriq
In the Acura line-up, the electric SUV co-developed with GM could serve as a BEV alternative to the Acura MDX. Given the year of SOP, a range of 300-350 miles would become achievable from a Cadillac Lyriq-sized electric SUV sitting on GM’s third-gen EV platform and packing its Ultium batteries. A dual-motor AWD setup should be standard, and the battery pack options should include units storing up to 100 kWh of energy.
A Honda spokesman has told Automotive News that the company will share new information about its electrification strategy for the U.S. market later this year. We await clarity on the first-ever Acura electric SUV in mid-2021.
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