Cadillac has unveiled its first electric car, the Lyriq crossover. Note that the concept version of this model was demonstrated back in the summer of the twentieth, and on the way to the series, the car practically did not change.
Outside, the electric SUV has a stylish plug instead of a radiator grill, as well as narrow strips of headlights and lanterns, although the optics on the commercial model are still slightly wider than that of the aforementioned prototype.
At the same time, the car still has a tightly knocked down streamlined body with “recessed” door handles, although the developers abandoned the side cameras in favor of traditional mirrors. Depending on the configuration, the car can have wheels with a diameter of 20 to 22 inches.
Compared to the concept, physical buttons and handles have been added to the interior of the commercial Lyric, but the Americans again retained the main feature of the model. This is a single 33.0-inch display on the front panel, which here serves as both a dashboard and an entertainment system. This monitor is slightly curved and boasts the widest color gamut (1 billion colors).
Most of the functions can be controlled from the touchscreen, although Cadillac specialists still retained a separate button block for climate control. It is interesting that for the first time they placed the control panels for the electric drive of the front seats on the doors (like in Mercedes-Benz).
For expensive versions of the crossover, wood veneer and metal trim is characteristic. Also designed to delight passengers is AKG music with nine speakers and an active noise cancellation system.
The 2021-2022 Cadillac Lyriq is built on the versatile modular platform familiar from the new GMC Hummer. However, on a crossover, this “trolley” is still noticeably simpler – with rear-wheel drive and a conventional spring suspension.
The electric car reaches a length of 4,996 mm, with a wheelbase of 3,094 mm. Its width and height are 1,977 and 1,623 mm, respectively. The volume of the trunk “under the curtain” is declared at 793 liters, and if the rear row seats are folded down, the compartment capacity increases to 1,723 liters. At the same time, the car does not have a front trunk.
On the market, the SUV makes its debut in a rear-wheel drive version with one electric motor with a capacity of 340 hp. and 440 Nm. This modification weighs as much as 2,545 kg, and the company does not disclose its dynamics. In the future, the car will acquire all-wheel drive versions.
The machine is powered by a new generation Ultium lithium-ion traction battery developed in collaboration with LG Chem. The battery has a capacity of 100 kWh, while it is characterized by a fairly low content of expensive cobalt.
The electric car has several levels of recuperation at once, and the maximum of them allows you to go “with one pedal”. The power reserve of the model is declared at 483 km (according to the American EPA standard).
The crossover battery can be recharged both from a household outlet and from DC terminals with a capacity of up to 190 kW. When using the latter, just 10 minutes is enough to replenish the power reserve of 122 km.
In terms of equipment, the first Cadillac electric car can boast of the “Super Cruise” system. The latter is adaptive cruise control with tramline autopilot.
In the American market, accepting orders for the Cadillac Lyric will open in September 2021, while the rear-wheel drive version of the crossover was estimated at $ 58,795 (4.3 million rubles at the current exchange rate).
It is interesting that the model will be launched into the series only in the first quarter of two thousand and twenty-two. The electric car will be produced at the Spring Hill plant in Tennessee. The American brand will spend as much as $ 2.0 billion on the modernization of this enterprise, while another $ 2.3 billion will be spent on the construction of the Ultium Cells battery factory nearby.