Cadillac is all the rage behind the EV party, but it’s ready to make up for lost time by entering the hottest segment of the market – the SUV. Originally slated to debut in April, the Lyriq is finally unveiled today after a delay caused by the coronavirus outbreak disrupting the entire auto industry and the entire world we might add.
Although this is not the final version of the electric SUV, we will see the next best thing. Cadillac has previously referred to the Lyriq as a product “intended primarily for production.” The American luxury brand has widely previewed its first electric vehicle, starting in January with an unnamed emissions-free crossover before releasing teasers for the version we’ll see today.
Expect an overall exterior design as sleek as a Range Rover Velar, as well as a high-tech interior dominated by a massive 33-inch-long display with one-piece curved glass. A generous wheelbase will provide ample rear legroom, further enhanced by the better packaging of an electric vehicle compared to a vehicle powered by a combustion engine.
As for the fundamentals, the Lyriq is being developed from the ground up as an EV rather than an electric conversion of an existing platform with a traditional powertrain. General Motors’ new modular platform suitable for electric vehicles will support Utlium batteries with capacities ranging from 50 kWh to 200 kWh.
All of this will be possible after a $ 2.2 billion investment in Detroit to build electric SUVs and pickup trucks, including a Hummer revival under the GMC banner.
Much like the other electric vehicles planned by Cadillac – including the Celestiq sedan – the Lyriq adopts a real name rather than an irrelevant alphanumeric nickname. These two EVs could be followed by a “Symobliq” judged by a recent trademark at the US Patent and Trademark Office.
The livestream will begin at 7:00 p.m. EDT / 11:00 p.m. GMT.