According to a report in the Detroit Free Press, Cadillac’s initial run of its all-electric Lyriq SUV sold out within hours of the order books being official opened.
Cadillac stated shortly after production began in March that pre-orders for the brand’s first fully-electric model had surpassed their initial expectations, with “more than 200,000 people” registering an interest. Orders dutifully opened on May 19, and while the exact number of assigned units has not been revealed, they are said to have sold out within just four hours.
“This week marked a historic moment in Cadillac’s journey to an all-electric future as the brand’s first EV went on sale,” Cadillac communications director Mike Albano explained to the DFP. “Customer demand for the Lyriq has matched our expectations and we look forward to exceeding their expectations when they take delivery of their Lyriq.”
Customers still interested in ordering a Lyriq will now need to wait for the 2024MY production run, or put themselves on a waiting list for a 2023 model “based on availability,” as stated on the official Cadillac website.
Following the initial roll-out of the Debut Edition, deliveries for which are scheduled to begin during the summer, focus will then turn to the Lyriq RWD, available from $69,898, and deliveries for which will begin in fall, and the Lyriq AWD, the rollout of which will begin in early 2023. While the rear-wheel drive model will feature 340 hp and 324 lb-ft of torque, and an estimated range of “beyond 485 km” in Canada, power figures for the all-wheel drive model have not yet been revealed.
Unveiled in 2020, the Lyriq is the halo model of Cadillac’s gradual transition to full-electrification by 2030, and is also among the first models to be built atop General Motors’ new EV-dedicated Ultium platform.