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Cadillac Lyriq Launch: China First, North America Second

Cadillac Lyriq Launch: China First, North America Second

The upcoming Cadillac Lyriq launch is scheduled to initially take place in China for the 2021 calendar year, with a launch in North America to follow for the 2022 calendar year.

According to our sources, the staggered launch cadence comes down to quicker production retooling processes in China, as compared to the more time-consuming retooling efforts for Cadillac’s North American production facilities.

Cadillac Society Lyriq rendering

The Cadillac Lyriq launch will introduce the very first all-electric Cadillac model to the world, spearheading an onslaught of new EV models from the luxury brand. Several Cadillac executives have stated that it’s possible that all Cadillac models will be electric by the year 2030.

As we covered back in March, the Cadillac Lyriq’s big public debut was originally scheduled for April, but was postponed as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. For now, the Chinese Cadillac Lyriq launch is still on schedule for the 2021 calendar year, with the U.S. launch following in 2022.

The Cadillac Lyriq will ride on a new platform dubbed BEV3, which is specifically designed for all-electric vehicles. Framed as a crossover model with exterior dimensions slightly larger than those of the current Cadillac XT5, the Lyriq will offer a sleek profile and front-end styling reminiscent of Caddy’s unnamed EV concept that debuted in January of 2019.

The crossover’s cabin space will offer a generous amount of rear passenger room,  and come with a number of high-tech features, including a large display screen added across the dash.

Although the Cadillac Lyriq launch in China will be the first battery-powered Cadillac model introduced, it certainly won’t be the last. The automaker also plans on launching an all-electric version of the the Escalade, as well as a new flagship sedan called the Cadillac Celestiq.

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Jonathan is an automotive journalist based out of Southern California. He loves anything and everything on four wheels.

15 Comments

  1. Are there any plans to bring back the Cadillac XLR?
    For the 2021 calendar

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    • Why? No one bought them the the first time. Why would they spend huge sums to do it again?

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  2. Having initial sales in China will allow Cadillac to get some feedback about customer reaction and acceptance before offering it in the U.S. because we are more critics on new vehicles than the rest of the world. And the major automotive magazines are the biggest critics!

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  3. So the U.S.A.’s Luxury Auto Brand, releases it’s “EV” first in China, because of The Wuhan Virus that China gave the World! Cadillac is in the midst of obsoleting all there Autombiles by transitioning again back to ethyric names from the the Alpha-numeric that the followed the Euro’s on initially. That said, the decision to bypass the United States the Brands Home Market, is just another gaff by Mary Barra, why not call the new Crossover the Covid XIX? Being facetious of course, but talking about all Electric in 10 years and a new ‘8’, another interpration the “Celestique” all on the same page, when as a Nation we’re talking as with the World as to how to punish the Communist Chinese Government for releasing this contagion, the third minimally in this young Millennia, instead of bringing Manufacture back to Detroit, we know the issue is Unions and the cost of manufacture, but if the UAW is driving the ship, the Brand and GM are heading in the wrong direction!

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    • I agree Randy. As far as I am concerned, I don’t care what kind of market China is, all that we as a country, people, economy are going through, China can go to H..L!!

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  4. So is GM hitching their wagon to a [red] star?

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  5. Now THIS is the funniest thing I’ve read in a long time.

    The Red Star is the emblem of RUSSIA.

    The Mods should instigate a quiz before allowing someone to register to test general….. you know what….

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    • Check it out. The ChiComs use the red star too. Don’t be so quick to disparage.

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  6. Why is it that American company don’t put America first? GM may be one of the worst offenders but so so many more American companies do the same thing. Perhaps that’s why we have so few American owned companies left.To name a few former American owned companies, Chrysler, Budweiser, Goodrich, Firestone, Burger king, TraderJoes and the list goes on. How long before its GM and Ford?

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    • Chrysler is American?

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      • Apologies. I mis read.

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      • Chrysler is fully owned by Fiat.l

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  7. What can one say about a company that still wants to do business with China.

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    • Ask Walmart !

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      • Slight difference. Walmart sell products made in China. GM makes products made in China.

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