Yesterday GM unveiled Cadillac 'LYRIQ' - an all-electric luxury SUV with more than 300 miles of range. This vehicle mark the entry of the brand into a new electric era. The president of GM North America, Steve Carlisle said,
It is the beginning of a transformation of the brand. Wherever we have a Cadillac network around the world we would make our EVs available to them.
Cadillac aimed for a modern design with low, fast roofline and wide stance. The 'black crystal' grille features 'choreographed' LED lighting that greets the owner as they approach the vehicle. Lyriq has the latest version of the 'hands-free' advanced driver assist system. The car also has a remote parking capability that uses ultrasonic sensors to enable the vehicle to park itself without the presence of a driver inside.
One of the most eye-catching features of the Lyriq is the curved, 33-inch LED infotainment display. That's nearly three feet of screen, almost stretching the entire length of the dashboard pillar to pillar. But unlike Tesla, not everything will be routed through the vehicle's screen. There are still plenty of tactile controls like volume knobs and HVAC buttons. For enhanced listening pleasure, the Lyriq has a 19-speaker AKG studio reference sound system.
The Lyriq will come in two configurations: single motor, rear-wheel drive and dual motor, all-wheel drive. The 100 kilowatt-hour battery pack will provide more than 300 miles of range, according to the company's internal testing. It will come with DC fast charging rates over 150 kilowatts and Level 2 charging rates up to 19 kW.
The vehicle is based on a new scalable electric architecture called 'Ultium'. This new architecture will support a wide range of vehicles like compact cars, trucks, premium SUVs and performance vehicles across all of its brands, including Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC. This modular architecture is capable of 19 different battery and drive unit configurations with storage ranging from 50 kWh to 200 kWh. This also supports front, rear, and all-wheel drive configurations.
The company said the Lyriq will go into production in the U.S. in late 2022. Although production in China will begin ahead of the U.S., according to Cadillac. The Lyriq is just one of 20 electric vehicles that GM plans to bring to market by 2023. Cadillac is not revealing the sticker price right now, but as a luxury SUV, you can expect the various trims to fall between $75,000 and $90,000.