2023 Cadillac LYRIQ

Orders for the Cadillac’s all-electric Lyriq will open in Canada this Thursday, with prices now confirmed to start from $69,898.

The 2023 luxury crossover became Cadillac’s first all-electric production model, and only the second General Motors product to boast the EV-dedicated Ultium Platform, upon its reveal in August 2020 and its official launch earlier this year. The Lyriq will be the halo model for the American brand’s transition to electrification by 2030.

2023 Cadillac LYRIQ

2023 Cadillac LYRIQ

Following its latest announcement, deliveries of the rear-wheel drive Lyriq are now scheduled to begin in Canada this Fall, with AWD examples set to land in early 2023. MSRPs for the latter, though, will only be unveiled “closer to the start of production.”

Alongside the starting price, Cadillac Canada has also confirmed that the all-electric range for the Lyriq could be as high as 502 km, significantly higher than that of the Audi e-tron GT and/or Ford Mustang Mach-E the Lyriq is expected to rival. Indeed, this estimated range also surpasses the brand’s original expectations.

2023 Cadillac LYRIQ

2023 Cadillac LYRIQ

“These are important steps for Cadillac, as we make good on our promise to deliver an EV with more than 480 km of range and move to an electric portfolio by 2030,” Cadillac vice-president Rory Harvey explains. “Cadillac will define the future of luxury transportation through its range of forthcoming EVs, and it all begins with LYRIQ.”

Part of this comes down to the Ultium Platform energy recovery system, which will also be incorporated onto Chevrolet’s Silverado EV and the GMC Hummer, and which redirects ‘waste energy’ generated by the battery to warm the cabin and thus avoid drawing unnecessary energy from the battery.

Read more: GM’s Ultium energy recovery system improves EV range

Admittedly, this range is specifically for the RWD model, which combines a sizeable 100 kWh ‘Ultium battery system’ with an electric motor that sends an estimated 340 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque to the rear axle. The AWD model, meanwhile, adds a second electric motor that drives the front wheels to up power to “an estimated 500 hp.” Full performance figures and electric range for the all-wheel drive model have also yet to be unveiled, though Cadillac Canada has stated that the AWD example will feature a trailering capacity of 3,500 lbs.

Charging times will range from 83 km per hour of charge for Level 2 ‘AC’ rates (up to 19.2 kW), up to 122 km of range being added in just 10 minutes with 190 kW, DC fast-charging.

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