Prelude to a Preview: Cadillac Lyriq Continues Its Long March to Reality

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
prelude to a preview cadillac lyriq continues its long march to reality

“Lear-ick” or “lear-eek”? That’s the first question the Cadillac Lyriq brings to mind, the second being who, exactly, was behind the naming of this future electric crossover. Names matter, and if they don’t roll off the tongue easily, that’s a problem. At least for non-Italian brands…

But this writer digresses. On Thursday, which proved quite eventful in terms of product news, Cadillac decided to seek a little limelight of its own.

Specifically, it reminded the public that there is indeed an electric crossover on the way, and that we’ll have our first glimpse of a real, physical product on August 6th. The debut is more of a prelude, however, as Cadillac says it plans to reveal a “show car” that day. Be it a concept, a prototype, or a pre-production facsimile of what we can expect in showrooms, it’s at least something less ephemeral than the renderings shown at last year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Named Lyric, the crossover will be just one EV riding GM’s big green wave. The company now has a platform and battery tech to underpin and power the Lyric and vehicles like it, as well as an assembly plant focused solely on such products. Detroit-Hamtramck has seen its last internal combustion sedan.

The few glimpses Cadillac provided of the actual Lyric (not close-ups of cool Escalade gear designed to burnish the brand’s future-gazing cred) can be seen above; after a bit of lightening, we can see that this vehicle fits the description of what we’ve come to expect from a show car. A physical representation of the rendering, not something’s ready to leave the oven.

According to the accompanying ad, only a Cadillac EV can “move you.” Hmmm. Debatable.

Seen from the side, the Lyric looks like something that drove off the set of RoboCop (hopefully it stacks up to foreign rivals better than the 6000 SUX), though the shots of the car’s lower front fascia jibes with the renderings seen early last year (one of which is shown above).

It’s expected that the Lyriq will enter production next year, going on sale as a 2022 model. General Motors CEO Mary Barra said in May that EV development programs continued amid the pandemic lockdowns, with no changes in store for the Lyric’s production schedule. More details should be forthcoming in early August.

[Images: General Motors]

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  • 28-Cars-Later 28-Cars-Later on Jun 29, 2020

    Another black hole to shove money into.

  • RedRocket RedRocket on Jun 30, 2020

    Well, we know it won’t be any good according to this website or the commentariat, since (a) it is from GM and (b) it has a Cadillac badge. Hence it is like nuclear fusion, theoretically possible but virtually impossible to accomplish in reality according to folks here. Slap a Hyundai or Honda badge on it though, and watch the tide turn instantly..

  • Lou_BC "Owners of affected Wrangles" Does a missing "r" cancel an extra stud?
  • Slavuta One can put a secret breaker that will disable the starter or spark plug supply. Even disabling headlights or all lights will bring more trouble to thieves than they wish for. With no brake lights, someone will hit from behind, they will leave fingerprints inside. Or if they steal at night, they will have to drive with no lights. Any of these things definitely will bring attention.I remember people removing rotor from under distributor cup.
  • Slavuta Government Motors + Government big tech + government + Federal police = fascist surveillance state. USSR surveillance pales...
  • Johnster Another quibble, this time about the contextualization of the Thunderbird and Cougar, and their relationship to the prestigious Continental Mark. (I know. It's confusing.) The Thunderbird/Mark IV platform introduced for the 1971 model year was apparently derived from the mid-sized Torino/Montego platform (also introduced for the 1971 model year), but should probably be considered different from it.As we all know, the Cougar shared its platform with the Ford Mustang up through the 1973 model year, moving to the mid-sized Torino/Montego platform for the 1974 model year. This platform was also shared with the failed Ford Gran Torino Elite, (introduced in February of 1974, the "Gran Torino" part of the name was dropped for the 1975 and 1976 model years).The Thunderbird/Mark series duo's separation occurred with the 1977 model year when the Thunderbird was downsized to share a platform with the LTD II/Cougar. The 1977 model year saw Mercury drop the "Montego" name and adopt the "Cougar" name for all of their mid-sized cars, including plain 2-doors, 4-doors and and 4-door station wagons. Meanwhile, the Cougar PLC was sold as the "Cougar XR-7." The Cougar wagon was dropped for the 1978 model year (arguably replaced by the new Zephyr wagon) while the (plain) 2-door and 4-door models remained in production for the 1978 and 1979 model years. It was a major prestige blow for the Thunderbird. Underneath, the Thunderbird and Cougar XR-7 for 1977 were warmed-over versions of the failed Ford Elite (1974-1976), while the Mark V was a warmed-over version of the previous Mark IV.
  • Stuart de Baker This is depressing, and I don't own one of these.