Cadillac Reveals First in Family of Luxury BEVs

Cadillac has unveiled what it says is the first in a family of upcoming luxury BEVs in the shape of its Lyriq crossover.

The motor employs General Motor’s new Ultium battery system, boasting about 100 kilowatt-hours of energy to deliver performance and a claimed 300 mile range between charging. The system’s nickel-cobalt-manganese-aluminum (NCMA) chemistry uses aluminum in the cathode to help to cut the use off rare-earth materials, such as cobalt, by more than 70% compared to current GM batteries.

The cells packed in large, flat pouches that enable module construction to reduce complexity and simplify cooling needs. Additionally, the battery electronics are incorporated directly into the modules, eliminating nearly 90% of the battery pack wiring.

The Lyriq’s technical highlights include:

  • Flexible charging options for home, the workplace and on the road, including DC fast charging rates over 150 kilowatts and Level 2 charging rates up to 19 kW2;
  • Rear-wheel drive and performance all-wheel drive configurations;
  • An enhanced version of Super Cruise3 hands-free driver assistance feature, available on more than 200,000 miles of enabled roads and recently updated to include lane change on demand;
  • Dual-plane augmented reality-enhanced heads-up display and remote self-parking;
  • The latest Cadillac infotainment user experience, which is showcased in a 33-inch-diagonal LED screen the spanning the entire viewing area of the driver.

Liberated from the requirements of a traditional internal combustion engine and driveline, the car’s designers have been given licence to create a new visual language that could set the tone for future BEVs from the brand. Yet, electric vehicles have their own essential needs such as much enhanced aerodynamics to extend range.

In this the Lyriq sports a flow-through roof spoiler to optimize efficiency on the highway.

Aerodynamic qualities influence the rest of the car’s bodywork including a solid mock “black crystal” grille and flowing vertical, slim LED signature lighting at the and a split taillamp design integrated closely into the bodywork.

Steve Carlisle, executive vice-president and president, GM North America, said: “Led by Lyriq, Cadillac will redefine American luxury over the next decade with a new portfolio of transformative EVs. We will deliver experiences that engage the senses, anticipate desires and enable our customers to go on extraordinary journeys.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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