Get that Blackwing order in soon.
The Cadillac Lyriq has been revealed in production guise ahead of schedule, and it has kept to GM's promise that it would see very few changes from the concept version. It's Cadillac's first-ever all-electric vehicle and is quite an impressive thing, boasting a range of over 300 miles. The success of this vehicle will be critical to the survival of the luxury brand, something that we got an inkling of when we heard rumors that the automaker would be going all-electric throughout its range very soon. At the time, it seemed that Cadillac would aim to achieve this goal by 2025, but new information from the reveal of the Lyriq has seen that goalpost shifted to 2030 instead.
Cadillac's Global Vice President Rory Harvey said that as of now, the Cadillac brand would only be unveiling battery-powered vehicles. "We will be leaving this decade as an [electric vehicle] brand, as things stand today, which means we will not be selling [internal combustion engine] vehicles by 2030."
This news comes after Detroit's mayor outlined some of the goals that GM has for electric trucks at its new plant. The announcement, despite setting the goal of full electrification a little further away, is not much of a surprise as a great number of other automakers have also announced a big push towards EVs over the next five to ten years.
Cadillac has the advantage of selling passenger vehicles, so going all-electric is entirely possible. For parent company GM, however, things are a little trickier. Buyers still want and need traditional internal combustion engines for heavy-duty models, but as the technology improves and legislation changes, these vehicles will also eventually be electrified. So if you want a V8-powered Caddy like a Blackwing, now is the time to make a purchase. By the end of the decade, these will be totally unavailable besides on the secondhand market. Could the Blackwing become a classic, or will the Lyriq, as the first of its kind, be the more sought-after vehicle 50 years from now?