GM has taken another step toward its vaunted all-electric future, unveiling what it says is a production version of the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq EV. Its design and specs appear to be pretty close to those of the original prototype that GM unveiled last year.
The Lyriq will be the first vehicle to use GM’s new Ultium battery technology. The battery chemistry includes an NCMA cathode and a blended graphite anode. The first version of the Lyriq to be offered will have rear-wheel-drive and a 100 kWh battery pack consisting of 12 modules. Estimated range is over 300 miles. Future versions with all-wheel-drive are promised.
The new Caddy sports a permanent-magnet, bar-wound motor that delivers 340 hp (255 kW) of power and 325 lb-ft (440 Nm) of torque. It also boasts a 19.2 kW onboard charger, and DC fast charging at 190 kW.
Super Cruise, GM’s driver-assistance technology, which is said to allow hands-free operation on compatible roads, will be available as an option.
The new EV will be produced at GM’s Spring Hill, Tennessee, factory. The company says the program is ahead of schedule, and expects production to start in the first quarter of 2022.
The starting MSRP will be $59,990.