This is the first GM vehicle to be unveiled that features the automaker's new Ultium battery system, which is part of a modular EV architecture. Thanks to advanced nickel-cobalt-manganese-aluminum chemistry and careful engineering, these assemblies use 70% less cobalt, a rare element that's difficult to source responsibly. They'll also have a whopping 90% less wiring than current GM battery designs.
With a claimed capacity of around 100 kilowatt hours, the Lyriq should provide a driving range of at least 300 miles. The vehicle will be offered with either rear- or all-wheel drive. Expect a nearly 50:50 weight distribution for improved on-road manners, and according to Marty Hogan, the Lyriq's executive chief engineer, its center of gravity will be around 4 inches lower than a Cadillac XT5's. Serving double duty, Hogan also said the battery is "a structural element in the vehicle," enhancing stiffness and crash performance.
Typical of modern electric cars, this amped-up SUV should deliver impressive performance. GM has not shared an official 0-60 mph number, but Hogan noted, "This vehicle will not be a disappointment relative to where our competitors are at." A Tesla Model X in Performance trim, for instance, offers 305 miles of range and can hit 60 mph in an organ-bruising 2.6 seconds. It's not unreasonable to expect similar giddy-up from this Cadillac.
Once its driving range is depleted, the Lyriq's battery pack can be replenished quickly. The vehicle will support Level 2 charging at a rate of 19 kW and even DC fast charging at up to 150 kW.
The Lyriq will also feature a new dual-pane head-up display with augmented reality
. Comprised of two planes, the nearer one shows things like speed and direction, while the farther pane can project alerts and navigation signals onto the windshield.
Naturally, the latest version of GM's acclaimed Super Cruise will be offered on the Lyriq. In certain situations, and with careful monitoring, it allows hands-free driving on more than 200,000 miles of roadway in North America. As in the upcoming 2021 Cadillac Escalade, it will also support automatic lane-change