GM starts delivery of electric Cadillac Lyriq 9 months ahead of schedule – FutureCar.com

Author: FutureCar staff

General Motors wants to bring the new Cadillac Lyriq electric SUV to market as soon as possible, so the automaker has accelerated its timeline to begin customer deliveries.

General Motors President Mark Reuss said in a LinkedIn post Thursday that the pre-production version of the electric Lyriq has been assembled and the final production version is expected to be delivered to customers within months. The Lyriq was initially scheduled to arrive in late 2022.

The Lyriq is being built as GM’s Spring Hill Manufacturing facility in Tennessee. The automaker announced in October 2020 that it would invest $2 billion in the plant to build all-electric vehicles there.

“Our teams have worked tirelessly on Lyriq, bringing the launch nine months ahead of schedule,” said Reuss.

The upcoming Lyriq is one of the most anticipated new vehicles from GM and its luxury Cadillac division. The automaker opened reservations for the battery-powered SUV in September last year. For GM, the Lyriq is an important launch because it seems to be able to compete better with Tesla.

The Lyriq will be GM’s first competitor in the luxury electric vehicle segment currently dominated by Tesla in the US.

The Cadillac Lyriq is poised to compete with electric SUVs such as the Tesla Model Y, Audi e-tron, Volkswagen ID.4 and Ford Mustang Mach-E.

GM said it was able to accelerate the Lyriq’s development timeline using the same types of virtual engineering tools used by engineers and researchers in other fields. The timeline was accelerated through a process of virtual testing and validation throughout the phases of the electric SUV’s development.

GM uses virtual design, development and validation (VDDV), which the company says has a major impact on the overall efficiency of its vehicle development programs.

By implementing the virtual design tools early in the development process, the teams were able to optimize Lyriq’s design, quality and performance within the confines of a digital environment. According to GM, it quickly accelerated its product development cycles and cut engineering costs by $1.5 billion per year.

Last June, GM made one of the largest financial commitments in its more than 100-year history when it announced it would increase its investments in electrification and autonomous driving technologies to $35 billion through 2025. The automaker is planning an all-electric future with dozens of new battery-powered models in the works, many with autonomous driving capability.

The Lyriq also marks the beginning of Cadillac’s rebirth as an exclusive luxury electric brand. Following the launch of the Lyriq, GM’s Cadillac division will offer the Symboliq, Celestiq, Escalade EV and a compact SUV by 2025.

The US version of the Lyriq was unveiled by GM in August 2020. It was also unveiled in Shanghai last April. The Lyriq’s debut in China was also nine months ahead of schedule.

The Cadillac Lyriq could also help GM catch up with its rivals in the EV space. GM sold just 26 EVs in the fourth quarter of last year, mainly due to the Chevy Bolt EV battery recall due to fire risks.

With no EVs currently on the market, the automaker risks falling behind as rival automakers introduce new electric models to compete with Tesla, which is now the world’s most valuable automaker.

The Cadillac Lyriq is built on GM’s new modular electric vehicle architecture, which is powered by the automaker’s new Ultium batteries. The company’s new EV architecture will underpin many of GM’s future electric models.

The Ultium battery system is part of the Lyriq’s structural element and for future models that will use it. It creates a lower center of gravity and a near 50/50 weight distribution to improve ride and handling, in line with what consumers expect from GM’s Cadillac luxury division.

GM says the battery pack placement results in a vehicle that responds quickly and allows spirited driving.

The placement of the rear drive motor helps the Lyriq maintain a more balanced and nimble road feel. In addition, it transmits more torque to the road surface, results in powerful acceleration without wheel slip and offers better handling when cornering.

The automaker also confirmed that the Lyriq will be offered in a dual-motor all-wheel drive version and will offer more than 300 miles of range on a full charge.

GM also confirmed in October 2021 that all-electric versions of the Blazer SUV and Equinox crossover are in the works.

The Equinox retails for around $30,000. The battery-powered Equinox will become GM’s mass volume product and for good reason. The Equinox crossover is GM’s second best-selling model in the US, behind the Silverado pickup.

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