The development time of EVs is speeding up at General Motors, and just like the recently unveiled GMC Hummer EV, the Cadillac Lyriq will be ready well ahead of schedule. We say that as GM has revealed when it plans to begin the Lyriq deliveries now.
Speaking at the Barclays 2020 Global Automotive Conference yesterday, Mary Barra, Chairman and CEO, General Motors, said that the company expects to cut the development time of its future EVs by nearly 50%. “So, as a result, we expect that the Cadillac Lyriq will arrive in the first half of 2022, approximately nine months earlier than we originally said,” she added.
The Lyriq would remain virtually unchanged from the concept form introduced in August. Sitting on a newly developed, modular EV platform, the low-slung electric SUV is driven by GM’s Ultium propulsion system, and the company has confirmed that it will offer this model in RWD and AWD configurations.
The Lyriq boasts near 50/50 weight distribution and will be available with Ultium battery packs (featuring NCMA chemistry) with energy storage capacities of up to 100 kWh. As for the Cadillac Lyriq range, GM is expecting a figure north of 300 miles. The company has confirmed a peak charging power of 150 kW for the first Cadillac EV.
GM has equipped the Lyriq with features like a massive 33-inch LED display that harmoniously integrates the instrument cluster and the infotainment system, dual-pane AR-enhanced HUD, 19-speaker AKG Studio audio system and Super Cruise autonomous driving tech. The outlandish electric luxury SUV should compete with the BMW iX and the Tesla Model X when it goes on sale in 2022.
Steve Carlisle, President, Cadillac, has suggested that the Lyriq would be much cheaper than rival cars, with a starting price of under USD 60,000.
Cadillac Lyriq FAQs
Which electric SUVs will the Cadillac Lyriq compete with?
The Cadillac Lyriq could compete with the likes of BMW iX and Tesla Model X.
When are Cadillac Lyriq deliveries set to begin?
The Cadillac Lyriq release date is H1 2022 starting with the US.
What will be the base Cadillac Lyriq price?
Under $60,000 (introductory price).