After months of delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Cadillac has finally, and proudly, unveiled the much-anticipated fossil-fuel-free crossover vehicle – the Lyriq EV. But it’s not quite ready for the market just yet.
During a virtual press event, General Motors’ luxury marque revealed a “show” model of its first fully electric SUV vehicle four months later than initially planned. That said, the model is not ready to hit the roads just yet as the commercial version of the vehicle will potentially not reach showrooms until late 2022.
None-the-less, (non)petrol heads were thrilled to see the Lyriq presented, giving an exciting look into the future of both Cadillac and GM’s electric offerings.
“Led by Lyriq, Cadillac will redefine American luxury over the next decade with a new portfolio of transformative EVs,” Steve Carlisle, executive vice president and president, GM North America, said in a statement. “We will deliver experiences that engage the senses, anticipate desires, and enable our customers to go on extraordinary journeys.”
The Lyric remains faithful to the signature aesthetics of Cadillac’s classic design features yet is markedly more futuristic, as would be expected from a future-ready product. Most notable is the crossover SUV’s “dynamic,” wide-set grille adorned with an illuminated badge and striking vertical LED headlamps.
And the tech is even more exciting. The release will boast the first GM vehicle to run with the companies revolutionary Ultium battery technology. With a battery pack capacity expected to come in around 100 kWh, the brand is targeting an EPA range of over 300 miles. If they meet this promise it will make the car one of the longest-range electric SUVs on the market. This particular model with support 150 kW DC fast charging, too – in case you were wondering?
In a challenging market, it’s great to see strides being made in the crossover arena. Expect a few tweaks when the final model comes to light, but if it’s anything close to the demo car showcased then it will be worth the wait.