The last few months have certainly not been smooth sailing for the giant General Motors. Repeated recall campaigns related to the Chevrolet Bolt and its EUV variant have clearly damaged the reputation of the American manufacturer’s only electric car.
Now, GM is preparing the next chapter of the electric offensive with the introduction of the very first production vehicle based on the in-house developed Ultium platform. In fact, the process is already underway as GM President Mark Reuss said on the LinkedIn network that the first pre-production examples of the Cadillac Lyriq have rolled off the assembly line at the Spring Hill, Tennessee plant, the place that has assembled nearly 4.5 million vehicles since 1996.
As the first vehicle of GM’s new electric era, the Cadillac Lyriq has no room for error, especially after the debacle of the two versions of the Chevrolet Bolt. The arrival of pre-production models means that production vehicles will be delivered to their eager customers “in a few months.”
The head honcho used his platform to point out that the Lyriq launch has been moved up by nine months, making sure to mention the contribution of all the teams assigned to the project, especially in converting the plant.
The first deliveries of the Lyriq will only be equipped with a rear-wheel drive powertrain, with the electric motor on the second axle developing 340 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque, all powered by a 100 kWh battery. This version of the model is expected to have a range of up to 482 km.
This First Edition electric crossover, which sold out in 10 minutes, will be equipped with 20-inch wheels, a 19-speaker AKG audio system, a heated steering wheel, power front seats, a 33-inch wide front screen, and active noise cancellation, among other features.