GM unveiled Thursday the Cadillac Lyriq, an all-electric crossover dripping in luxurious, tech-forward touches and promising greater than 300 miles of vary that goals to propel the model into a brand new electrified period.
That new period for Cadillac should wait although. The corporate mentioned the Lyriq will go into manufacturing within the U.S. in late 2022, greater than two years after its reveal date. The Cadillac Lyriq will likely be a worldwide product, that means it is going to be headed to China as nicely. Manufacturing in China will start forward of the U.S., based on Cadillac.
The Lyriq is only one in a roster of 20 electrical automobiles that GM plans to deliver to market by 2023. However it is going to be a vital one for the Cadillac model. “The Lyriq units benchmark for future Cadillacs,” Michael Simcoe, GM’s vp of worldwide design, mentioned in the course of the reveal.
The Lyriq embodies the sorts of luxurious touches a Cadillac buyer has come to count on, from the “black crystal” grille and jewellery box-styled drawer to the 33-inch vertical LED touchscreen show and AKG sound system.
Cadillac aimed for a contemporary and aggressive design that it achieved by giving the Lyriq a low, quick roofline and huge stance. That “black crystal” grille is a dynamic function with “choreographed” LED lighting that greets the proprietor as they strategy the automobile. The LED lighting continues within the rear with a break up taillamp design.
Contained in the automobile are backlit speaker grilles, curved screens with hidden storage and orchestrated lighting options just like the dynamic lighting exterior.
The Lyriq will likely be obtainable in rear-wheel drive and efficiency all-wheel drive configurations. The 100 kilowatt-hour battery pack will present greater than 300 miles of vary, based on the corporate’s inside testing. It can include DC quick charging charges over 150 kilowatts and Degree 2 charging charges as much as 19 kW.
The tech contained in the Lyriq consists of the most recent model of the hands-free driver help system known as Tremendous Cruise that first debuted within the Cadillac CT6 a number of years in the past. Tremendous Cruise makes use of a mix of lidar map knowledge, high-precision GPS, cameras and radar sensors, in addition to a driver consideration system, which screens the particular person behind the wheel to make sure they’re paying consideration. Not like Tesla’s Autopilot driver help system, customers of Tremendous Cruise don’t have to have their arms on the wheel. Nonetheless, their eyes should stay directed straight forward.
The Lyriq will even include a dual-plane augmented reality-enhanced head-up show. The pinnacle up show, which is projected on the windshield within the sight line of the driving force, exhibits a close to aircraft indicating pace and path and a far aircraft that shows navigation alerts and different vital alerts. The impact is a layered look.
A automobile needs to be compelling visually to draw consumers. However the underlying basis of the Lyriq is the place GM has positioned its largest guess. Earlier this yr, the automaker revealed a sweeping plan to supply and promote EVs that hinges on a brand new scalable electrical structure known as Ultium that may assist a variety of merchandise throughout all of its manufacturers, together with Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC. The EV portfolio will embody all the things from compact automobiles and work vans to giant premium SUVs and efficiency automobiles.
This modular structure, known as “Ultium,” will likely be able to 19 completely different battery and drive unit configurations, 400-volt and 800-volt packs with storage starting from 50 kWh to 200 kWh, and front-, rear- and all-wheel drive configurations. On the coronary heart of the brand new modular structure would be the large-format pouch battery cells manufactured at this new manufacturing unit.
Ultium battery has a nickel-cobalt-manganese-aluminum chemistry that makes use of aluminum within the cathode to assist scale back the necessity for rare-earth supplies akin to cobalt, based on GM. The corporate mentioned it has been in a position to scale back the cobalt content material by greater than 70%, in comparison with present GM batteries.
GM lately began development on a 3-million-square-foot factory that may mass produce Ultium battery cells and packs. The Ultium Cells LLC battery cell manufacturing facility in Lordstown, Ohio is a part of a three way partnership between GM and LG Chem that was introduced in December. On the time, the 2 firms dedicated to speculate as much as $2.three billion into the brand new three way partnership, in addition to set up a battery cell meeting plant on a greenfield manufacturing website within the Lordstown space of Northeast Ohio that may create greater than 1,100 new jobs. The manufacturing unit will likely be in a position produce 30 gigawatts hours of capability yearly.