Electric Vehicles

New Cadillac Lyriq electric SUV teased ahead of April 2 debut

Cadillac is already showing some of the Lyriq's sides.

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General Motors is calling the forthcoming Cadillac Lyriq the "first-ever Cadillac EV electric crossover vehicle". It's expected to beat the all-electric Cadillac Escalade to market.

Its name is a step away from the alphanumeric nomenclature Cadillac has used on sedans and SUVs in recent history.

The model has design lines borrowed from the Escala concept, which debuted at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, as well as a front end and side design lines that are a bold take on the body of the Chevrolet Blazer.

2021 Cadillac Lyriq The model features design that is modern but reminiscent to the Chevrolet Blazer.Photo courtesy of Cadillac

As pictured, at the front is a modified grille area featuring two large air intakes on the sides flanked by long LED fog lamps, and a larger air intake down below.

Cadillac badging is placed below the steep hood at the center while headlamps are long slivers right in line with the hood latch. The badging illuminates.

Because the EV doesn't require the mechanics of a traditional internal combustion engine, it is likely that under the hood is a front trunk (frunk).

The crossover has a fastback-esque roofline and small side mirrors.

Based on the images shared by Cadillac, the SUV looks to be a two-row model.

All in all, it's a relatively typical crossover design.

The Lyriq is built on the new General Motors electric vehicle platform that debuted this week. The platform is capable of working with front-, rear-, and all-wheel drive vehicles.

Cadillac recently announced that an all-electric version of the Escalade is planned and will arrive before 2025. There is no official word on when the Lyriq will make it to dealerships, but the chances are sooner rather than later.

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It was just last week that Cadillac was showing off its electrified powertrains and the future of its GMC, Buick, Chevrolet, and Cadillac brands during a media blitz. One key part of those plans was the planned April 2 introduction of the Cadillac Lyric, the brand's first all-electric vehicle.

On Monday, bowing to pressure from the public regarding the the spread of Covid-19, popularly called coronavirus, General Motors announced it was calling off the Lyric's planned unveiling.

There has not been a date announced for an unveiling in the future.

It is not likely that the unveiling cancellation will push back the production timeline of the vehicle. There is traditionally a several month cushion between the announcements and the start of vehicle production.

General Motors is one of the automakers that has begin curtailing travel of its employees. Ford and FCA have also taken steps to limit their employees travel nationwide.

Though it hasn't been unveiled, Cadillac has let some information slip about the Lyriq. They also recently told of a new $200,000 vehicle coming to its lineup in a few years.

The Cadillac Celestiq will be the automaker's new flagship sedan when it debuts, which likely won't be for a few years.

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Cadillac has just announced the death of the CT6 and introduced the CT4 and CT5, but they're not done with the sedan shuffle. The company has made it known that the Cadillac Celestiq is on its way.

Unlike other models Cadillac has built for decades, the company is truly positing this car as a luxury model. Just hundreds of them will be hand-built each year in the Detroit area starting in mid-2022. Reporting by Mike Colias of the Wall Street Journal indicates that the cost of the Celestiq will be over $200,000.

2020 Cadillac CT6 Cadillac recently announced that it's ending production of the CT6.Photo courtesy of Cadillac

Yes, you read that right. A $200,000+ Cadillac. Surely that's the answer to a question no one has been asking outside of the Renaissance Center.

A top tier Porsche Panamera's starts just under $200,000.

The flagship hatchback (yes, you read that right) will run strictly on all-electric power. Motortrend has reported that the model will have black glass that runs from the windscreen to the rear hatch opening as well as a spacious interior,

A question worth asking: How many parts from the GM bin will the model share with lower priced cars? Only time will tell.

Cadillac is looking to put 20 electrified models on the road by 2023. Given that the current lineup includes just five vehicles, there's plenty of room for expansion. The company will debut the Lyriq electric SUV later this spring and has said that an Escalade EV is on the way in a few years.