General Motors president Mark Reuss has confirmed that the first pre-production Cadillac Lyriq has rolled off the line at GM’s Spring Hill facility in Tennessee.
The announcement was made via Reuss’ LinkedIn page, and noted this “major milestone” had arrived just a few months before customer deliveries are set to begin for Cadillac’s first all-electric luxury SUV.
The Lyriq, which made its digital debut last April, is the first step in Cadillac’s electrified future, and is also the first Cadillac EV to be built at Spring Hill. The facility received a US$2 billion investment in late 2020 to become GM’s third factory adjusted for EV production following similar refurbishments at Factory ZERO and the Orion Assembly in Michigan.
Advancements in pre-production, as stated during the e-SUV’s recent testing program in New Zealand, also meant the Lyriq’s originally proposed 2023 launch date has been brought forward by nine months.
“Our people and manufacturing expertise will enable us to deliver an all-electric future at scale” Reuss explained in his post. “Our first pre-production Cadillac LYRIQ has rolled off the line at Spring Hill, marking a major milestone for the program as the team prepares to ship vehicles to customers in a few months.
“Our teams have worked tirelessly on the LYRIQ, bringing the launch up nine months ahead of schedule and working in parallel to convert the [Spring Hill] plant and start production. This is an important proof point in our path to EV leadership as we introduce more high-volume EVs across price points and lifestyles.”
While Cadillac has yet to reveal production performance and range figures, the Lyriq will sit atop General Motors’ flexible, EV-dedicated Ultium platform. The e-SUV will be rear-driven and feature a powertrain capable of an estimated 340 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. Equipped with a 12-module, 100.4 kWh battery pack, the Lyriq will be capable of an estimated 480 km on a full charge. High-speed DC fast-charging at 190 kW means an additional, estimated 122 km of charge will be available to owners within 10 minutes, while a Level 2, 19kW residential charger will provide an estimated 83 km of range per hour.
Prices for Canadian customers will start from $69,898, plus change, and will initially be launched in premium Debut Edition trim.