The Lyriq will be the first electric car from Cadillac, but it is still a couple of years away.
Cadillac is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of electric cars, but Cadillac is also part of General Motors, which has announced a large-scale electric car investment in the future. We have already heard about the heavy Hummer pickup from GMC, they have announced their own full-size pickup from Chevrolet and now they are showing off the luxury electric car Cadillac Lyriq.
However, it is only a so-called «show car», ie a form of concept car that does not necessarily represent the finished product. However, Cadillac says it is about 80 percent fully developed, and says it will go on sale in the US by the end of 2022.
The technical details are currently also a bit thin, but the car will at least come in both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive version, and be built on a new and dedicated electric car platform.
Lyriq will be a large car with plenty of space for luggage. As usual, the show car has only four seats.
The car will come with GM’s new «Ultium» batteries that use 70 percent less of the ethically questionable cobalt mineral and will be produced in battery packs from 50 to 200 kWh. For Lyriq’s, it is a battery of «approximately» 100 kWh, and Cadillac says they aim for a range of over 300 miles (483 kilometers) for both the four-wheel drive and the rear-wheel drive version.
They also say that the four-wheel drive version will have a range of 20 to 30 miles lower, so if both are to be over 300 miles, it means that the rear-wheel drive version will end up at well over 500 kilometers. These figures are also given according to the American EPA standard, which is stricter than the WLTP standard we usually state range in here in Europe.
A giant screen in the dashboard works both as a dashboard and infotainment.
The car will have an onboard charger of 19 kW, in addition to 150 kW fast charging. It will have the latest version of GM’s «Super Cruise» self-driving technology, which will include automatic lane change and remote parking. Otherwise, there is a headup display with augmented reality technology which, among other things, can place the navigation instructions directly on the road, in addition to new technology for active noise reduction of the cabin.
The concept car also has a 33-inch combined instrument panel and infotainment screen that almost looks like a smaller variant of the giant screen Byton will have in its M-Byte – if it ever becomes anything.
The United States and China appear to be the main markets.