We'll have to wait a bit longer to see the brand's first EV.
First, it was the 2020 Geneva Motor Show. The status of next month's New York Auto Show still remains uncertain. But what we can confirm today is that Cadillac has officially canceled the planned debut of its first-ever all-electric vehicle. Speaking to CarBuzz, a Cadillac spokeswoman said the Cadillac Lyriq unveiling, originally planned for April 2 in Los Angeles, California, has been postponed.
"The situation in relation to the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) outbreak in the US continues to develop. Out of an abundance of caution, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the Cadillac Lyriq reveal scheduled for next month."
As of this writing, the debut event has yet to be rescheduled. It was only last week when Cadillac officially announced the new model's name at GM's "EV Day" in Michigan.
Built on GM's new modular EV platform, the Lyriq is a luxury electric SUV that will only be the beginning of Cadillac's future EV lineup. The hand-built and far more expensive Cadillac Celestiq flagship EV sedan will debut at a later but still unknown date. Like every automaker, Cadillac's debut plans are suddenly coming apart. The very real fear of the coronavirus outbreak needs to be taken seriously and putting attending media potentially in harm's way is the last thing any brand wants. Safety comes first. But rest assured that Cadillac will reschedule.
When exactly? Unknown, but we should also be looking at the bigger picture. The Cadillac Lyriq is a huge deal because it'll unveil several new advanced technologies that will not only make their way to future Cadillacs but also future GM vehicles. The Lyriq rides on GM's new modular electric vehicle platform which has been designed and engineered to be the basis for a wide range of new models.
Cadillac further promised us it'll keep us posted with future updates regarding the Lyriq's rescheduled debut event but something tells us that won't happen for another couple of months, depending on the virus' outbreak status.