The first units of the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq began assembly on March 21st, 2022. To celebrate the production of its first-ever fully electric vehicle, Cadillac released a short video of the crossover being put together at Spring Hill.
The assembly line at the Spring Hill plant in Tennessee is completely flexible, meaning that it can facilitate not only the production of the electric Lyriq, but is capable of producing the ICE-powered Cadillac XT5 and XT6 right alongside it. As such, the Lyriq literally rolls off the same assembly line as the two gasoline-powered luxury crossovers. Additionally, production can easily be shifted to accommodate higher demand for the Lyriq. Cadillac indicated that the plant could produce up to 200,000 units of the Lyriq every year to meet consumer demand.
Back in October 2020, Cadillac invested $2 billion to retool the Spring Hill plant to prepare it for EV production. The project was completed ahead of schedule, allowing the luxury marque to begin producing the model nine months ahead of its projected production date.
The 2023 Cadillac Lyriq rides on the new BEV3 platform and features 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 on a full charge. While the initial Debut Edition models are only offered with a rear-wheel-drive setup, a more powerful all-wheel-drive version is on the way.
See the Lyriq roll down the assembly line in the short video below.
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I wish that I could get a VIN, for a 2023 Debut edition, so I can get a quote on my auto insurance.
Lyriq distribution is behind all other lux brands – if Cad division does not get busy, your best life long customers Will go to an alternative manufacturer 🙀
This Life-Long Customer is already considering a move to another brand. Because Cadillac doesn’t sell Cadillacs anymore. Nothing but small cars, the CT4 and CT5, and SUVs. Since 1980 I’ve bought or leased 18 new Cadillacs; Coupe DeVilles, Sevilles, an Allante, a Catera, 5 CTSs, a CT6 and a few SRXs and XT5s. When the lease is up on my 2020 CT6, I’m probably going to lease a BMW 5 Series, unless Cadillac decides to market the next CT6 in the US. I’d hate to switch after 42 years of loyalty, but Cadillac is walking away from its loyal customers.