GM is embarking on a global expansion of its EV portfolio with its Cadillac lead brand launching in Australia in the next year or so. The Cadillac Lyriq electric SUV launches the brand’s new global era, and will spearhead its renaissance locally being a purpose built right-hand drive vehicle – that’s correct, unlike some other GM models for sale locally like the Chevrolet Silverado truck, the Lyriq will be built in RHD form from the factory and will also launch in other RHD markets like NZ, Japan and the UK.
The brand aims to have an all-electric portfolio by the end of the decade and is continuing to grow right around the world, from Korea to the Middle East and now, Australia. Cadillac’s vision now extends to going toe-to-toe with other leading luxury EV manufacturers, with the vision of offering factory built LHD and RHD models to markets around the world.
The Lyriq will be GM’s first RHD EV to come to our market and is the foundation of the Cadillac brand in Australia and New Zealand. As Australia heads towards electrification, the Cadillac Lyriq will spearhead not only the brand’s efforts down under, but also Australia’s journey in getting more EVs on our roads.
The Cadillac Lyriq is set to launch in either late 2024 or early 2025, with Cadillac emphasising the car’s blend of design, precision craftsmanship and handling will set itself apart from the competition. It is a clean sheet design and is already available in some markets such as the US. It rides on GM’s all-new ‘Ultium’ platform which will support a wide range of vehicles, from SUVs, to pickups and sedans.
In the US, the Cadillac Lyriq kicks off from $58,000 USD, with three models with an escalating level of equipment. The base model Tech features the entry-level 253kW single-motor electric powertrain and 495km of range. A 372kW Dual Motor AWD model also features for a faster 0-100km/h time of only 4.6 seconds. The mid-range Luxury add adds some more desirable features, and the top-spec Sport wears a more aggressive exterior look that includes darkened chrome trim and a unique grille treatment for the ultimate Cadillac look.
Highlights across the range include a large, curved 33.0-inch digital dashboard display, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a wireless smartphone charging pad, a fixed glass roof, 20-inch wheels, and faux leather upholstery. Only time will tell what local specifications and performance will be like.
Cadillac says when the Lyriq goes on sale in Australia and New Zealand, it will offer buyers a direct to consumer experience, with no dealerships. Buying the Lyriq will be done either directly online or in store. Three stores are planned across Australia and New Zealand initially, with a store in Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland. The brand hopes tech savvy, early adopters will pounce on the Lyriq, hoping its blend of a commanding road presence, precise handling and bold interior will offer an impressive experience to customers.
Cadillac remains tight lipped on the Lyriq’s details such as exact launch timing, specs, or pricing. Be sure to stay tuned DiscoverAuto as we head closer to the Lyriq’s and indeed, GM’s launch in Australia.