According tomedia reports, General Motors (GM) is electrifiing its car products. Over the next few years, battery-powered cars, trucks and crossovers will be introduced to the market. In this product offensive, the first to hit the front line is the new Cadillac Lyriq, an all-electric utility vehicle, which was officially unveiled on Thursday local time.
This electric crossover is as good for the driver as music, as it promises plenty of luxury, leading technology and long range, and zero emissions. “This is the beginning of a brand transformation,” Steve Carlisle, GM’s executive vice president and president of North America, said at a media briefing. Lyriq, he said, was “the company’s technology pioneer.”
In addition, Lyriq is a catalyst. The SUV, along with the yet-to-be-shown Celestiq electric sedan concept, marks an important change for Cadillac. “We’re trying to name our products,” says Carlisle. He added that the brand would continue to use the alphanumeric nomenclature of existing models, “but from now on, we will start looking at proprietary names.”
GM representatives say what people are seeing is a showcar, which means it may be more than just a concept. According to a spokesman, Lyriq’s readiness for mass production has reached 80 to 85 per cent.
This is GM’s first car with a new Ultium battery system, which is part of a modular electric vehicle architecture. Thanks to advanced nickel-cobalt manganese aluminum chemistry and sophisticated engineering, these components use 70% less cobalt, a rare element that is difficult to reliably obtain. They also reduce lines by up to 90% compared to current GM battery designs.
Lyriq is said to have a capacity of about 100 kWh and can have a range of at least 300 miles (about 483 kilometers). The vehicle will offer both rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive options. According to Marty Hogan, Lyriq’s chief executive, its center of gravity will be about 4 inches lower than the Cadillac XT5. Hogan also said the battery has a dual function, is a structural element of the vehicle and improves stiffness and collision performance.
As for performance, GM has yet to announce the car’s official 100km acceleration time, but Hogan noted that “it won’t disappoint our competitors.” “In the case of the Tesla Model X, it has a range of 305 miles and a 100-kilometer acceleration in 2.6 seconds.
And once the car’s driving range runs out, Lyriq’s battery pack can be quickly replenished. The car will support Level 2 charging several times, with a charging rate of 19 kW and a DC fast charge of up to 150 kW.
“This is The future of Cadillac,” said Melissa Grady, the brand’s chief marketing officer. “A glance at Lyriq will see why Grady said that.
A 33-inch curved dashboard display is believed to be enough to wow tech-savvy drivers. Andrew Smith, Cadillac’s executive director of global design, said the pixel size of the LED display had not yet been disclosed, but it would have a very high resolution. He also said the screen is expected to have a good refresh rate and contrast, plus a very rich amount of bright colors — because the panel can display more than 1 billion colors.
Lyriq will also feature a dual-panel head-up display and augmented reality. In the double head-up display, information such as speed and direction is displayed closer, while the farther display of alarms and navigation signals is displayed on the windshield.
Of course, the latest version of GM’s acclaimed Super Cruise will also appear in Lyriq. In some cases, through careful monitoring, it can provide a hands-free driving experience on north America’s more than 200,000 miles of roads. The upcoming 2021 Cadillac Escalade will also support automatic lane change.
To enhance listening pleasure, Lyriq will provide a 19-speaker AKG Studio Reference Sound System. Although there are no 36 speakers like Escalade,’ the setup is rock-and-roll.
In addition, this all-electric Cadillac has a smarter feature called Remote Supervised Parking. It allows Lyriq to run the car in parallel or vertically, whether the driver is inside or outside the car.
It’s elegant from the inside out.
Lyriq’s front face is mainly a large grille, with illuminated elements and even a glowing badge. On both sides of it is naturally the traditional element of Cadillac – the vertical headlights. The rest of the car is clean and elegant, at least in the picture. Like the front face, the electric car’s tail uses vertical lighting elements.
In addition to the eye-catching screens, Lyriq’s cockpit should be luxurious and spacious, according to Smith. The main console is cantilevered and is not directly connected to the dashboard. At the bottom of the middle for storing things is a sliding storage tray lined with suede, which Smith describes as a small jewelry box — an elegant area for small items. Lyriq’s interior is also unique – a wood finish applied to aluminum manufacturers.
The end of 2022.
Cadillac Lyriq is not ready for its prime-time and is not expected to be available until the end of 2022, meaning it will take at least two years to reach dealers. It will be available nationwide.
And drivers who live in luxury SUVs that live in other countries and crave fashion and advanced technology don’t have to worry. “As long as we have a Cadillac network around the world, we’ll provide them with electric cars,” Carlisle says. “In other words, Lyriq will be a global product.