The all-new, fully-electric 2023 Cadillac Lyriq Debut Edition sold out minutes after Cadillac opened reservations in the United States on September 18th, 2021.
Customers interested in reserving a Lyriq were asked to put down a $100 pre-order deposit, which is fully refundable and non-binding and can be cancelled at any time.
Cadillac has not specified how many units of the 2023 Lyriq Debut Edition will be built. Pre-orders of other Lyriq variants are expected to become available beginning summer 2022.
Cadillac vice president, Rory Harvey, estimated that as many as 200,000 individual customers have expressed interest in Cadillac’s first fully-electric crossover since the it was revealed.
“Today, reservations sold out in just over ten minutes and we continue to see a lot of enthusiasm around the brand – both current product and in our fully-electric future,” Harvey said. “The initial response for Lyriq has been extraordinary.”
The 2023 Cadillac Lyriq Debut Edition harnesses a 100.4 kWh lithium-ion Ultium battery pack and a single Ultium Drive motor mounted on the rear axle. The electric driveline is rated at 340 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque, and Cadillac estimates the Lyriq will have 300 miles of range from a full charge, despite the significant 5,610 pounds of weight riding on the chassis. The Lyriq is built on the BEV3 platform.
Standard equipment on the Lyriq Debut Edition include a heated steering wheel, active noise cancellation, a panoramic glass moonroof, power-adjustable driver and passenger seats with a massage function, Super Cruise semi-autonomous driver assistant, as well as a 33-inch LED display with an interface developed using Altia tools.
Interestingly, the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq will not feature a frunk like other competing electric vehicles. Order books for the Lyriq are expected to open in China, Cadillac’s largest global market by sales volume, very soon.
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So these cars go to collectors to commemorate the time US Automakers tried to force car buyers to accept inconvenient, high polluting, toxic electric vehicles that are virtually unaffordable for normal people to buy. Even the advent of a towable diesel generator couldn’t solve the problem. Yet another example of why CAFE Standards must end.
How many of those $100 deposits did Cadillac accept?
This has got to be one of the best out there. But while electric vehicles may be practical for commuters, the problem with these and other non-Tesla vehicles (because there are so many more stations for Tesla’s) is when you take them on a long distance (which is what many would want to do with a SUV, especially with Super Cruise) there only MIGHT be a charging station SOMEWHERE in the town you are going, but it’s not going to be at your hotel or condo. And it takes electric vehicles hours to fully charge (depending on technology at the charging station), so if you are lucky enough to find a charging station, there might someone else’s vehicle using the charger for hours, and they could leave it there even when charging is done, blocking others from using it. Then what do you do if you got lucky and it was available and you hook your vehicle up …take an Uber or cab somewhere, like back to your hotel/condo, then back again when charging is done? To me the mass charging stations have to come first, and plentiful, unless buying for commuter around-town use where you have access to your own charging station.
^^^ Well said.
even if they built 150,000 of them it would be a big deal.. but GM is building 1500 ..no… its not a typo…. they are going to build 1500 of those Lyric’s … a 1 day production?? why bother…….?????
It’s 1500 units of the Debut Edition, Danny. The “regular” Lyriq will built in substantially greater quantities.