Cadillac launches its $ 60,000 Lyriq EV while gas engines are phased out

2023 Cadillac Lyriq

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DETROIT – The Lyriq all-electric crossover marks the beginning of the end for traditional internal combustion engines at Cadillac when the new EV hits dealerships’ showrooms in the first half of next year.

The Lyriq, Cadillac’s first EV, is the first in a new line of electric cars and SUVs for the brand as Cadillac’s global vice president Rory Harvey says it will manufacture all-electric vehicles by 2030. He said there won’t be any new internal combustion engine Cadillac vehicles, also known as ICEs, after the redesigned Escalade SUV was launched in North America last year.

“We’ll be leaving this decade as an EV brand as we know it,” he told reporters during an online media event this week for the Cadillac Lyriq 2023. “We won’t be selling ICE vehicles until 2030.”

General Motors, the parent company of Cadillac, previously said a majority, if not all, of its Cadillac cars and SUVs sold worldwide would be all-electric vehicles by the end of the decade. But Harvey’s comments go a step further and re-affirm the plans, saying Cadillac will not spend any capital on its current line of products except for updates, also known as updates during the cycle, for vehicles that are already on sale.

Cadillac is expected to lead GM’s plans to offer all electric vehicles by 2035. That includes at least 30 new electric vehicles by 2025 as part of a $ 27 billion electric and autonomous vehicle investment plan over that period.

Starting at $ 59,995, the Lyriq will be among the first to launch GM’s next-generation EV platform and battery system, Ultium. The vehicle will only be delivered in one configuration in the first model year to simplify production.

2023 Cadillac Lyriq

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GM released prices, photos and details of the production version of the vehicle on Wednesday, which is largely similar to a show car version from last year. Changes, as promised by GM, largely include some design improvements such as smaller wheels and larger side mirrors to meet US regulations.

“The intent was basically to get the show into production,” said Andrew Smith, Cadillac managing director for global design, color and furnishings. This includes new signature lighting and an illuminated Cadillac badge on the front end.

Like the show car, the interior of the Lyriq has a curved LED screen with a diagonal of 33 inches, which covers the driver’s entire field of vision.

The rear-wheel drive vehicle is expected to have 340 horsepower and approximately 325 pound-feet of torque. The estimated range of the vehicle when fully charged is more than 300 miles, according to GM. According to GM, the vehicle can reach 76 miles in about 10 minutes with a DC quick charger.

2023 Cadillac Lyriq

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