The first electric SUV concept presented by the General Motors is Lyriq. After that came the slogan “Our electric future is now” and rumors about the new Hummer EV. Fans used this piece of information to build more speculations about other hybrids, PHEVs, and all-electric vehicles by the GM. But, the only likely SUV to appear in the foreseeable future is the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq EV. Well, even here the release date is estimated.
In the meantime, the company prepared another debut in the electric segment – Chevy Bolt AEV. So, it seems like General Motors means business. They have a lot of things to catch up with the competition. Lack of hybrid engines is making Equinox and a few other models not competitive to Toyotas and Fords. The 2023 Cadillac Lyriq EV is the luxury SUV that will go against Mach E electric SUV. The battle between two US automotive giants continues in the new field – electric SUV segment.
The vehicle will belong to the premium class. Even without an electric engine, its price will be out of reach for most buyers. The company will offer higher trim levels, and the MSRP could reach a six-digit price tag. Still, GM needs something like this and the Lyriq concept won’t be the only electric SUV in the market. The same platform will underpin the upcoming Hummer and EV trucks.
2023 Cadillac Lyriq EV Mileage, Specs
Since the development is still in the early stages, we know only the goals the company is trying to achieve. You will probably hear about higher numbers, but the new 2023 Cadillac Lyriq EV will get around 200 miles of range in a single charge. The carmaker announced two motors for the SUV. Each axle will get energy from its own battery. Front wheels are powered by a 240-hp unit, while the rear axle gets more – 335 hp. We will see how much will be combined power and torque. (Source: Electrek)
We also know the SUV will sit on the Ultium platform. This is the new technology developed by General Motors and LG Chem. The carmaker plans to build 3 million electric units by 2030. This is a long period and one of the first vehicles to roll out from factory lines should be Lyriq SUV. The same platform will underpin other cars and even future electric trucks. The concept is supporting front- and all-wheel drive, as well as range up to 400 miles. GM says some vehicles will sprint to 60 mph in less than 3 seconds.
Read more about Ultium platform HERE.
Charging Time, Autonomous Drive, and Other Advanced Technology
A couple of things are required for electric vehicles. When we speak of these models, the self-driving technology comes along. Chevrolet and GM are out of this league at this moment, but when the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq EV comes, we will definitely see some level of autonomous drive for the SUV. Currently, Tesla offers the most advanced features, but its models are still at Level 2. Volvo and BMW already started the development of the next stages, skipping Level 3 and going directly to nearly fully-autonomous drive with Level 4. Differences between packages are not big, so we will probably see other carmakers doing the same in the future.
General Motors will also have to work on the recharging system. The company is not a rookie in this world. Their Bolt EV can refill the battery in 80 minutes plugged to the fast-charging station. However, this is a small vehicle with a small battery. A large SUV will need more time. However, in two years, the situation will be completely different and the technology could evolve and drop the recharge time under 1 hour.
Electric batteries are the future of the automotive industry. All the leading companies are already investing heavily to develop the first units. Tesla is an undisputed leader in the segment. Their models are bringing something new every time. However, the competition is growing. Ford introduced Mach E SUV with a pure electric motor. Also, Rivian has interesting concepts and a lot of companies are investing in the development of the R1S. Nissan is also proactive in the electric segment. The Japanese carmaker recently presented the Ariya concept, the platform for future EVs. Subcompact segment is already offering two Korean crossovers – Hyundai Kona and Kia Niro.
2023 Cadillac Lyriq EV Price and Release Date
Lyriq is still a concept. The company is not offering too many details on the official page. However, chiefs are speaking about the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq EV with a lot of enthusiasm. According to our sources, the SUV will be introduced in China in 2022. The interest in electric vehicles is the biggest there and a lot of new arrivals with such drivetrains are having the first appearance in the most populated country in the world. The price will start above $75,000. With upgrades, you will easily reach $90,000 and the price could end up in the six-digit realm.