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Cadillac Lyriq (2021): Range, design, display, battery of the e-SUV

Cadillac Lyriq (2021)
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D he brand's first electric SUV will debut in 2021 and how a spokesman for auto motor und sport confirmed that the battery-electric model will also be launched in Germany. At the moment, however, it is not yet possible to comment on the exact start of sales and possible prices.

The Lyriq, officially still a show car, is based on the new BEV3 platform of the GM group and rolls for the Electric car production retrofitted GM plant in Hamtramck near Detroit from the assembly line. There GM also produces the autonomous model Origin Cruise and the electric GMC Hummer EV .

Cadillac Lyriq with up to 450 hp

The new platform allows battery modules with a capacity of 50 to 200 kWh to be installed. Thanks to the 'Ultium' batteries, the company can build the battery packs flexibly depending on the body shape. For example, vehicles with high ground clearance are arranged vertically in the vehicle floor; in lower models, the batteries are arranged horizontally. The maximum range of the BEV3 vehicles is over 400 miles (the equivalent of 644 kilometers), the 400-volt batteries are charged using 200 kW fast charging.

A 180 kW provides propulsion for the Cadillac Lyriq Electric motor on the front axle, a 250 kW electric motor is installed at the rear - makes 330 kW or 450 PS. However, the front engine is only available if you choose the all-wheel drive option. Charging is carried out via a CSS fast-charging port (based on the American Combo 1 design), which is located on the left-hand side of the vehicle directly behind the wheel arch.

A comparatively huge cover opens to allow charging free access to the CSS connection. And so that nothing really goes wrong, the thing is illuminated with an LED light strip. For the Lyriq, Cadillac specifies a charging power of 19 to a maximum of 150 kW, which differs from the platform information. The battery capacity in the Lyriq is estimated at 100 kWh. In internal tests, ranges of over 480 kilometers are said to have been achieved. This would bring the Lyriq close to the top of the class Tesla Model X (just under 525 kilometers) and theClearly distance the European competitors (Mercedes EQC and Audi E-Tron). According to the American EPA measurement, the Mercedes only covers 354 kilometers, the Audi 328 kilometers.

Inside with a huge screen

As part of the platform presentation, Cadillac already had a first picture of the Lyriq and its illuminated Cadillac emblem are shown. Now we have a complete view of the Lyriq and see a classic crossover SUV with narrow headlights, a huge martial front, a strongly contoured side view and a coupé-like roof.

The Lyriq is designed and oriented as a four-seater with individual seat shells on the interior of the brand new Cadillac Escalade, but the driver looks at a curved 33-inch LED screen that can also do augmented reality. In addition, the Lyriq has a new level of the Super Cruise driving system. He can drive semi-autonomously, change lanes and park automatically (also remotely controlled). The Lyriq also actively counteracts external noise with its sound system.

Price forecast of less than 60,000 dollars

In the meantime, there is also an initial price forecast. At an event, Steve Carlisle, who is responsible for the North American market at General Motors, said that the Lyriq would have to cost about as much as a current midsize luxury SUV, albeit initially with a small premium premium. 'It is a price that will not be in the high five-digit range,' said the GM manager. 'He won't start with a seven and he won't start with a six.' Ergo, the Lyriq should settle just below the 60,000 dollar mark (just under 51,000 euros). That could fit: The similarly sized Cadillac XT5 currently costs between 45,090 and 56,090 dollars (a good 38,000 to 47,400 euros) depending on the equipment.


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