Cadillac Lyriq Sings Sad Song; Coming-out Party Kiboshed by Virus
The public debut of Cadillac’s first all-electric model has hit a snag in the form of the fast-growing coronavirus epidemic. A splashy (aren’t all reveals splashy?) unveiling scheduled to take place April 2 is now scrapped, Bloomberg reports.
The article, which (strangely) positions the cancellation as a major blow for General Motors CEO Mary Barra, notes that the automaker has yet to come up with a fall-back plan for the model’s debut.
Riding atop GM’s third-generation modular electric architecture and powered by unique batteries developed with help from LG Chem, the Lyriq is the first of many EV Cadillacs to come. Don’t forget about the frustratingly named Celestiq, as well as the huge, Escalade-sized EV SUV expected by mid-decade.
Per Bloomberg, “Cadillac is reevaluating plans for rolling out the Lyriq now that it won’t be introduced at the canceled April 2 event in Los Angeles, according to a spokesman.”
California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency over the growing coronavirus threat last Wednesday. As you’ve come to learn, big public events that prompt loads of air travel are looked down upon during an outbreak; similar concerns put the kibosh on this month’s Geneva Motor Show. That leaves GM with the possibility of unveiling the Lyriq in New York next month, though the likelihood of that auto show going ahead grows fainter with each passing day. New York State has also declared a state of emergency, and coronavirus cases are on the rise.
Should all avenues be cut off by disease, the Lyric still has one virus-free venue to turn to: the internet. Some automakers took advantage of online debuts after Geneva. Whatever GM decides, it certainly has time — the Lyriq isn’t expected to go on sale until 2022.
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