GM unveiled the Cadillac on Thursday Lyriq, an all-electric crossover that sets luxurious, technologically advanced accents and promises a range of more than 300 miles to lead the brand into a new electrified era.
However, this new era for Cadillac has to wait. The company announced that the Lyriq would go into production in the United States in late 2022, more than two years after its release date. The Cadillac Lyriq will be a global product, which means that it will also go to China. According to Cadillac, production in China will begin before the United States.
The Lyriq is just one of 20 electric vehicles that GM plans to launch on the market by 2023. However, it will be of crucial importance for the Cadillac brand. "The Lyriq is setting standards for future Cadillacs," said Michael Simcoe, GM's vice president of global design, during the unveiling.
The Lyriq embodies the kind of luxury that a Cadillac customer expects, from the grille made of black crystal to a drawer in the style of a jewelry box to the vertical 33-inch LED touchscreen display and the AKG sound system.
Cadillac aimed for a modern and aggressive design, which was achieved by a low, fast roof line and a wide posture of the Lyriq. This “black crystal” grille is a dynamic feature with “choreographed” LED lighting that greets the owner when he approaches the vehicle. The LED lighting continues in the rear with a split rear light design.
Inside the vehicle there are backlit speaker grilles, curved screens with hidden storage space and orchestrated lighting functions that resemble the dynamic exterior lighting.
The Lyriq will be available in rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. According to the company's internal tests, the 100-kilowatt-hour battery offers a range of more than 300 miles. It is supplied with DC fast charging rates over 150 kilowatts and level 2 charging rates up to 19 kW.
The technology in the Lyriq includes the latest version of the hands-free driver assistance system Super Cruise, which was first introduced in the Cadillac CT6 a few years ago. Super Cruise uses a combination of lidar map data, high-precision GPS, cameras and radar sensors, and a driver's attention system that monitors the person behind the wheel to ensure that they are paying attention. Unlike the Tesla autopilot driver assistance system, Super Cruise users don't have to have their hands on the wheel. However, your eyes must remain straight ahead.
The Lyriq will also be equipped with an augmented reality head-up display with augmented reality on two levels. The head-up display, which is projected onto the windshield in the driver's line of sight, shows a near plane indicating speed and direction, and a distant plane indicating navigation signals and other important warnings. The effect is a multi-layered look.
A vehicle must be visually convincing to attract buyers. However, the foundation of the Lyriq is where GM has placed its biggest bet. Earlier this year, the automaker announced a comprehensive plan to manufacture and sell electric vehicles based on a new scalable electrical architecture called Ultium that supports a wide range of products from all brands, including Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, and GMC. The EV portfolio includes everything from small cars and work vehicles to large premium SUVs and high-performance vehicles.
This modular architecture called "Ultium" can support 19 different battery and drive unit configurations, 400 volt and 800 volt packs with a memory range from 50 kWh to 200 kWh as well as front, rear and all-wheel drive configurations. The heart of the new modular architecture will be the large-format pouch battery cells that will be manufactured in this new factory.
The Ultium battery has a nickel-cobalt-manganese-aluminum chemistry that GM uses aluminum in the cathode to reduce the need for rare earth materials such as cobalt. The company was able to reduce the cobalt content by more than 70% compared to current GM batteries.
GM recently started building a 3 million square meter factory that mass-produces Ultium battery cells and packs. Ultium Cells LLC's battery cell manufacturing facility in Lordstown, Ohio, is part of a joint venture between GM and LG Chem that was announced in December. At that point, the two companies committed to investing up to $ 2.3 billion in the new joint venture and to building a battery cell assembly plant on a greenfield site in Lordstown, northeast Ohio, that more than 1,100 new jobs will be created. The factory will be able to produce 30 gigawatt hours annually.
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