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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