You'll have to be just a bit more patient before you can secure the new EV.
The all-new Cadillac Lyriq is fast approaching an official market introduction as the brand's first-ever all-electric car. The SUV has been designed on GM's Ultium BEV3 platform which gives it a single or dual-motor configuration that sources power from a 100.4-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack. This grants it a claimed range of around 300 miles.
The pre-production models have already started rolling off the line as of the beginning of 2022 with customer cars set to be assembled later this month. These inaugural production models will be the limited Debut Editions which were all sold out in a rapid 20 minutes. Cadillac did open reservations for mainline models shortly after the car's official reveal but these spots were filled up even faster, at 19 minutes. But when do we get another chance at placing an order? Next month, as it turns out.
Cadillac has confirmed that it will be opening the order books on May 19. While speaking on a conference call, Cadillac Global Vice President Rory Harvey admits that the brand wasn't expecting its newest addition to be as popular with the consumers.
Based on the recorded "expressions of interest", it's understood that 233,000 consumers have some desire to purchase the Lyriq. Obviously, these are just hand-raisers and not paid-for reservations but that's still a phenomenal number of eyes being laid on the premium electric crossover. Harvey suggests that 10% of these expressions may translate into official sales.
The Cadillac Lyriq will be put together at the company's Spring Hill assembly plant in Tennessee and is planning to hit the market with a starting price of just under $60,000 MSRP. According to information sourced by Motor1.com, a spokesperson for GM confirms that rear-wheel-drive models will be delivered by this summer. All-wheel-drive production won't commence until later this year so we can expect these cars to reach their new owners by 2023.
Where production fulfillment amid the ongoing supply chain crisis is concerned, the spokesperson adds, "engineering and manufacturing teams are working very hard to increase capacity to meet this demand." Hopefully, that'll mean few to no delays, but we wouldn't bet on it.