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 must wait although. The firm 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 might be a world product, which means will probably be headed to China as nicely. Production in China will start forward of the U.S., in accordance with Cadillac.
The Lyriq is only one in a roster of 20 electrical autos that GM plans to convey to market by 2023. But will probably be a important one for the Cadillac model. “The Lyriq units benchmark for future Cadillacs,” Michael Simcoe, GM’s vice chairman of worldwide design, mentioned through the reveal.
The Lyriq embodies the sorts of luxurious touches a Cadillac buyer has come to anticipate, 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 broad stance. That “black crystal” grille is a dynamic characteristic with “choreographed” LED lighting that greets the proprietor as they method the automobile. The LED lighting continues within the rear with a break up taillamp design.
Inside the automobile are backlit speaker grilles, curved screens with hidden storage and orchestrated lighting options much like the dynamic lighting outdoors.
The Lyriq might be out there in rear-wheel drive and efficiency all-wheel drive configurations. The 100 kilowatt-hour battery pack will present greater than 300 miles of vary, in accordance with the corporate’s inside testing. It will include DC quick charging charges over 150 kilowatts and Level 2 charging charges as much as 19 kW.
The tech contained in the Lyriq consists of the newest model of the hands-free driver help system referred to as Super Cruise that first debuted within the Cadillac CT6 a number of years in the past. Super Cruise makes use of a mixture of lidar map knowledge, high-precision GPS, cameras and radar sensors, in addition to a driver consideration system, which displays the particular person behind the wheel to make sure they’re paying consideration. Unlike Tesla’s Autopilot driver help system, customers of Super Cruise don’t must have their arms on the wheel. However, their eyes should stay directed straight forward.
The Lyriq can even include a dual-plane augmented reality-enhanced head-up show. The head up show, which is projected on the windshield within the sight line of the motive force, reveals a close to aircraft indicating velocity and course 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. But the underlying basis of the Lyriq is the place GM has positioned its greatest guess. Earlier this 12 months, the automaker revealed a sweeping plan to supply and promote EVs that hinges on a brand new scalable electrical structure referred to as Ultium that can assist a variety of merchandise throughout all of its manufacturers, together with Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC. The EV portfolio will embody all the pieces from compact automobiles and work vehicles to massive premium SUVs and efficiency autos.
This modular structure, referred to as “Ultium,” might be able to 19 totally 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. At the guts 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 corresponding to cobalt, in accordance with GM. The firm mentioned it has been capable of scale back the cobalt content material by greater than 70%, in comparison with present GM batteries.
GM just lately began development on a 3-million-square-foot manufacturing unit that can 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. At the time, the 2 corporations dedicated to take a position 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 can create greater than 1,100 new jobs. The manufacturing unit might be ready produce 30 gigawatts hours of capability yearly.