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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Jeep is extending its customer care program for the 2021 model year.

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This model year, Jeep celebrates 80 years in the business. The brand was born in 1941 and to celebrate to anniversary, the company is expanding its Jeep Wave Customer Care program adding value to each model purchase. The additional level of service only applies to 2021 model year vehicles.

"After nearly 80 years, the Jeep brand remains true to the original SUV by continuing to deliver legendary 4x4 capability that has enabled countless adventures and open-air freedom," said Jim Morrison, Head of Jeep Brand – FCA North America. "As we celebrate our 80th anniversary, we're pleased to provide our customers with 80th Anniversary models that offer a unique appearance, great value and loads of safety and technology features.

2020 Grand Wagoneer Concept - Details The new Jeep Grand Wagoneer Concept showcased the future of the brand, in the shape of a luxury-level three-row SUV. Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

"As a tribute to our unique, enthusiastic and growing customer base, we are expanding our Jeep Wave customer care program across the entire Jeep vehicle lineup," Morrison added. "We are pleased to reward our loyal customers with Jeep Wave premium service that offers peace of mind and no-charge maintenance for three years."

The program now includes three years of maintenance at Jeep dealerships, including oil changes and tire rotations, 24/7 support via phone or online chat, trip interruption and first-day rental coverage, and VIP access to select Jeep events.

The 2021 Jeep lineup includes the Renegade, Compass, Cherokee, Wrangler, and Grand Cherokee SUVs as well as the Gladiator truck. The company recently unveiled the Grand Wagoneer concept, a luxe take on a future luxury-level three-row SUV that will compete directly with the Chevrolet Suburban, GMC Yukon, and Cadillac Escalade.

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The Lordstown Endurance all-electric pickup truck is moving closer to production.

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The Lordstown Endurance isn’t under production yet, but the company is already receiving orders for the all-electric pickup truck - 40,000 of them. The model is targeted at commercial fleet vehicle buyers like city governments and large corporate entities that require the capability of a full-size truck.

Each pre-order is a non-binding agreement to purchase the truck, the same as the reservations received by Ford for the Mustang Mach-E and Tesla for the Cybertruck. The purchases equal $2 billion in revenue for the company, which is based in Lordstown, Ohio.

2021 Lordstown Endurance The design of the interior of the Endurance is crisp and modern.Photo courtesy of Lordstown Motors

Lordstrown has kicked up the cadence of its news releases as the company moves closer to production. In June, the company debuted the truck and announced its $52,000 price point.

July marked the release of the first renderings of the interior of the Endurance and the debut of the first commercial starring the truck. Then, in August, Lordstown announced that they had entered into an agreement with DiamondPeak Holdings to become a publicly traded company.

Lordstown Motors is operating out of the former General Motors Lordstown Assembly site. The new company has its plant next to the battery facility that General Motors is developing to assist with the products coming to market in the future, like the Cadillac Lyriq.

2021 Lordstown Endurance The large screen combines most vital functions of the car’s command center into one place.Photo courtesy of Lordstown Motors

Now, the company as revealed its first pictures of the interior of the truck. Notably, the Endurance has its large screen spanning the width of the driver and center console, housing most all vital functional controls of the vehicle.

Reservations for the truck continue to be taken via the company’s website.

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