The Ultium-powered EV kicks off with a single-motor model packing 340 horsepower and a 300-mile range.
The Cadillac Lyriq was literally travelling from the freezer to the furnace as part of its validation testing the last time we saw it. That was in November 2021, and the process was around 80% complete at the time, so it’s safe to assume full-scale manufacturing is on the way. In fact, it could happen in the next several weeks.
According to Cadillac Society, we’re getting unsubstantiated reports that March 21 is the date. The Ultium-powered crossover was built in a multibillion-dollar refurbishment in Spring Hill, Tennessee, and as Cadillac’s first all-electric vehicle, there’s a lot riding on its success. When contacted Cadillac for confirmation on the manufacturing date, a spokeswoman said that preparations for production were on track for later this month, but that a particular date couldn’t be given.
Compared to the GMC Hummer EV, which is GM’s only other production vehicle that uses the Ultium battery, the Lyriq’s journey from concept to delivery has been comparatively short. The Lyriq debuted as a concept vehicle in August 2020, followed by a production debut in April 2021 that looked virtually identical. In September, Lyriq order banks debuted, with the Debut Edition filling all of its reservations in just 10 minutes. To say the least, Cadillac has piqued the interest of EV buyers searching for a stylish luxury crossover.
The Lyriq will be launched with a single motor driving the back wheels. Cadillac claims that the 100-kWh battery pack produces 340 horsepower (254 kilowatts) and 325 pound-feet (440 Newton-meters) of torque. Range estimates in that trim are roughly 300 miles, while official EPA data have yet to be revealed. When it’s time to charge, the Lyriq will provide 190-kW rapid charging, which will restore 200 miles of range in roughly a half-hour.
If production does truly begin on March 21, Cadillac will be able to deliver the Lyriq in time for the summer. Pricing starts at $59,900; all-wheel-drive vehicles are in the works, and high-performance ones are in the works as well.
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