Cadillac announces first electric vehicle

Date:12 August 2020 Author: Kyro Mitchell

Since it was first launched in 1902, Cadillac has always been known for producing high-quality, luxurious vehicles. Now, it seems as though the car manufacturer is looking to use that know-how and experience to expand into the ever growing electric vehicle market.

Cadillac officially unveiled its first ever electric vehicle called the LYRIQ on Thursday, 6 August. The LYRIQ is a luxury crossover SUV and is set to take on both of Tesla’s SUV’s, the new “budget” Model Y and the pricy Model X.

The LYRIQ was initially scheduled to launch in April 2020, but due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the decision was made to push it back by four months to a virtual event instead. The vehicle itself wont go into production until the end of 2020.

During the online event, Cadillac announced the vehicle will have a maximum range of 482 kilometres on a single charge. It will be powered by General Motors’ Ultium battery system, which is the same battery system GM will use in a majority of its future EVs, aside from the newest Chevy Bolt models, which use a conventional lithium-ion battery. This means the LYRIQ battery system will be made with less environmentally and socially harmful cobalt, and be capable of fast-charging.

The LYRIQ also features a huge 33-inch LED dashboard touch screen that functions as the vehicle’s control centre. The vehicle will also take a page out of Telsa’s play book and be able to perform a “supervised” self-parking manoeuvre by using ultrasonic sensors to help drivers fit into a parking spot or perform the dreaded parallel parking, according to Mashable.

A price for the LYRIQ is yet to be announced, but if Cadillac intend on taking on the likes of Tesla and its Model Y and Model X, or the Jaguar I-Pace and Audi E-tron, it will need to to have a starting price of around R8.5 million, or around $49,000.

Image credit; Cadillac

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