Cadillac has started presales of its first electric model in China. The Lyriq SUV will initially go on sale there with rear-wheel drive in the Long Range variant. The model is produced in China by the GM-SAIC joint venture. There is also news about the market launch of the Cadillac Lyriq in the US.
First to China: there the Lyriq can be pre-ordered with immediate effect for a deposit of 1,190 yuan (about 165 euros). Deliveries are scheduled for mid-2022. Prices for the first model based on GM’s new Ultium platform will start there from 439,700 yuan (the equivalent of a good 61,000 euros).
In China, SAIC-GM will be responsible for local production of the Cadillac Lyriq. The joint venture has been operating in Wuhan since 2015 and is already building three New Energy Vehicles there, namely the BEV versions of the Chevrolet Menlo and Buick Velite 6 and the PHEV version of the Buick model. However, the Lyriq will not roll off the production line in Wuhan, but in Shanghai. There SAIC-GM opened a factory (Ultium Center) in October to support the construction of the new Ultium vehicles. The Cadillac Lyriq is the first representative of this new BEV generation.
The locally produced version of the mid-sized electric SUV measures 5,003mm long, 1,978mm wide and 1,635mm high, and has a 3,094mm wheelbase. The production model largely inherits the design cues from the show car unveiled at Auto Shanghai 2021 in April. The first Lyriq variant in the Chinese market – the long-haul n rear-wheel drive version – has a power output of 255 kW and a torque of 440 Nm. With a 100 kWh battery on board, it would have a range of more than 650 kilometers by Chinese standards (300 miles, the equivalent of 483 kilometers, is given for the US). As for the charging performance of the Chinese version, we can only refer to the values given in the general presentation of the model. Charging capacities of up to 19.2 kW AC and up to 190 kW DC were mentioned at the time.
According to GM, 1,000 pre-orders were received within an hour of opening the pre-order option. In parallel with the pre-sales launch, Cadillac is also opening six Cadillac IQ Spaces in five Chinese cities. Potential customers can gain insight there and also place orders. Incidentally, the Lyriq in China is being followed by Ultium electric cars from Buick and Chevrolet. According to an earlier report, SAIC-GM plans to invest more than 50 billion yuan (about 6.4 billion euros) by 2025 in, among other things, electrification and to introduce more than ten Ultium-based electric models produced in China.
Meanwhile, the market launch of the Cadillac Lyriq in the US is also imminent. Production of the electric SUV will begin in the spring of 2022 at GM’s Spring Hill, Tennessee assembly plant. According to Cadillac, development of the electric model is currently “at least 80 percent complete.” Now it’s time to fine-tune.
The Lyriq will also be launched in the US as a ‘Debut Edition’, initially as a rear-wheel drive model with a large battery pack – starting at USD 58,795 net. Cadillac quotes a power of about 250 kW and a battery capacity of 100.4 kWh. However, the reservation pool for the debut edition of the Lyriq in the US is already exhausted; pre-orders for other variants are expected to start in summer 2022.
Four-wheel drive variants and also larger and smaller battery packs are possible with the Ultium platform, but Cadillac is not giving any details about this yet. For the 2023 model year, the production launch will likely be kept simple with a battery and drive configuration.
The Lyriq is of great importance because Cadillac has announced its intention to introduce only pure electric new models from now on and completely stop selling cars with combustion engines from 2030. This would mean that the premium brand would make the transition to zero-emission powertrains slightly faster than the entire group. GM had announced in late January that it would no longer sell combustion engines from 2035.
Cadillac had already emphasized in the past that it would focus strongly on electric mobility and become GM’s leading electric brand. Already announced are one more electric SUV under the Lyriq and three larger electric SUVs – up to an electric counterpart to the Escalade, whose days are probably numbered with the current announcement. In addition, there will be a ‘super-exclusive’ electric sedan, the Celestiq.
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