As planned, American automaker General Motors unveiled its first electric car tonight, the premium crossover Cadillac Lyriq. We are talking about a show car (in fact, a concept), but it is expected that a production model based on it will not keep you waiting too long.
The design of the novelty is distinguished by futuristic and fresh visual solutions for the brand, as well as an abundance of LED elements and huge 22-inch wheels. The model is based on the new modular GM platform with the Ultium propulsion system, with a choice of the buyer will be offered a basic rear-wheel drive or more advanced all-wheel drive version.
From a full charge of 100 kWh Ultium batteries, the electric crossover can travel about 500 km (over 300 miles), while both Level 2 (19 kW) household charging and a high-speed DC version (150 kW) are supported. The batteries are made according to the NCMA (nickel-cobalt-manganese-aluminum) scheme, while the company’s engineers were able to reduce the content of rare earth cobalt by 70%.
The driver gets at his disposal a huge 33-inch LED display, a two-level head-up display with augmented reality (speed and driving indicators are displayed in the foreground, navigation and warnings are displayed on the far side), an automatic parking system and much more.
The electric car also supports an improved version of the proprietary Super Cruise technology, which will allow the driver to drive on American roads (the system supports more than 200,000 US roads) without having to keep their hands on the steering wheel. Acoustics AKG not only plays music, but also acts as an active noise cancellation system, which positively affects the comfort of the driver and passengers.
The crossover will be the first in a new line of electric vehicles, followed by the Cadillac Celestiq electric sedan. In total, by 2023, General Motors promises to introduce 20 electric vehicles in all brands owned by this corporation, including Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac. In addition to the Cadillac Lyriq crossover, these will be the GMC Hummer EV and GMC Sierra EV pickups, the Buick Enspire crossover, the updated Chevrolet Bolt, etc.