While the Chevy Bolt may be the first all-electric vehicle on the mass market General engines has created the impression that the small car was GM’s science experiment—promising bigger things to come from the company.
And in the span of two years, GM not only unveiled the Ultium powertrain recipe, but showed the world the first two luxury EVs supported by this promising architecture: the reborn GMC Hummer and the company’s new “halo” car, the Cadillac Lyric.
The Lyriq crossover will be the first step in Cadillac’s transition to the leading electric brand for GM that will redefine the meaning of American luxury. According to Steve Carlisle, executive vice president and president of GM North America, the Lyric is the cornerstone on which Cadillac will build the future, adding several EVs to its lineup in the coming years.
Starting with the Lyriq in late 2022, Cadillac aims to sell more battery-powered vehicles than gasoline-powered vehicles by the end of the decade.
Even though the Lyriq’s launch is more than a year away, GM has teased a wish list, some specs, and suggested how the Lyriq electric crossover will be a game-changer for Cadillac.
The specs revealing why the Lyriq Electric Crossover will be a game changer
The crossover introduces a new face to the brand with a signature ‘black crystal’ grille at the front. The grille and vertical, slim LED signature lighting are part of a lighting feat that greets the owner.
So as the driver approaches the car, they are greeted by a light show when the car recognizes the person. One of the coolest tricks on the show is the way the decal lights up in the center.
In addition, the Lyriq will also be offered with the latest version of Super Cruise, including automatic lane change and remote parking.
As for the powertrain – while no one at Cadillac has confirmed that the Lyriq will sit on the Ultium platform, the wish list they’ve shared certainly seems to indicate this.
According to Lyriq’s chief engineer Marty Hogan, GM is aiming to give the crossover a range of more than 300 miles — significantly more than the much smaller Bolt EUVs 250 miles it squeezes out of its 65 kWh battery pack. So even if you consider that the Lyriq will likely have a battery capacity of north of 85 kWh, it would still indicate a new chemistry – probably the Ultium pouch cells, complete with wireless management.
However, Hogan added that he won’t know where the range ends up until the end of the vehicle’s development. The performance four-wheel drive model probably has about 20 to 30 miles less than the RWD Lyriq.
While GM claims the crossover will enable 150 kW of fast charging, the company also seems to think that Caddy customers would be willing to rewire their homes to take advantage of the car’s 19 kW Level 2 charging capability.
What potential customers will appreciate is the Cadillac’s 50/50 weight distribution and center of gravity which is about 100 millimeters lower than the Cadillac XT5, promising to give the crossover excellent handling.
The driver can also view the world through a two-plane enhanced head-up display, while a 33-inch diagonal advanced LED screen covering the driver’s entire viewing area allows passengers to interact with the vehicle.
The Lyriq Electric Crossover will be a game changer in people’s lives
While GM has not confirmed where the Lyriq will be produced, it appears likely that the $35 million in incentives approved by the Tennessee State Funding Board will be used to convert GM’s Spring Hill assembly plant in Maury County into its third US EV factory.
It therefore seems likely that the automaker will produce electrified Cadillacs in Spring Hill, starting with the Lyriq.
With GM planning to spend $2 billion on the Spring Hill plant, the financial incentives will be used for hiring, job training and the retention of 2,000 full-time employees for the new vehicle project. Spring Hill employees earn $31 per hour, significantly higher than the Maury County average wage of $16.80 per hour.
So contrary to the expectation that EVs will cost jobs, in this case electrification has saved and even created jobs.
Lyriq’s electric crossover will also be a game-changer for Cadillac in terms of pricing. General Motors North America president Steve Carlisle confirmed that the Cadillac Lyriq will start at less than $60,000. This would make the EV slightly more expensive than the Cadillac XT5.
After the unveiling, it seemed like most people expected a price above $70,000, but if GM gets closer to $50,000, it could compete with current versions of the Model Y, which start at $50,000.
So not only is the Lyriq at the forefront of GM’s pursuit of electrification, an example of the brand’s commitment to a sustainable future and job creation, it’s also competitively priced – all signs that the Lyriq electric crossover will be a game – exchanger for Cadillac.