Cadillac Lyriq prices will start under $60,000 when electric SUV launches

Cadillac’s all-electric Lyriq EV seems promising, however it’s nonetheless years away from showrooms.


Final Thursday, Cadillac debuted its long-awaited Lyriq SUV, an all-electric crossover that is not only a new mannequin, it is the cornerstone of the model’s future know-how play. Whereas the brand new crossover guarantees spectacular battery, chassis, automation and connectivity options, one factor it may’t promise is to be is in sellers quickly: The mannequin is not due till late 2022. Understandably, loads stays in flux for a car that is so removed from customers’ fingers, however not less than now we’ve a greater concept of pricing.

Though Cadillac President Steve Carlisle talked about a beginning worth below $75,000 initially, the determine has dropped even decrease. Automotive News reported Wednesday the Cadillac boss mentioned throughout the JP Morgan Auto Convention the Lyriq “will have to be priced much like how the business costs midsize lux SUVs as we speak” earlier than including costs “will not begin with a seven and it will not begin with a six.” We’re speaking about an electrical SUV that can most likely value someplace within the excessive $50,000 vary then.

As for why Cadillac abruptly determined to tease a far cheaper worth, that is unclear. Cadillac initially confirmed the $75,000 ballpark worth with Roadshow, however the model didn’t instantly reply to a request for touch upon the newly floated sub-$60,000 value. It additionally places the Lyriq in partial worth warfare with the Tesla Mannequin Y, moderately than the Mannequin X. The Mannequin Y begins just below $53,000, whereas the Mannequin X prices a tad below $80,000.

The cheaper price level would additionally undercut different electrical SUVs on sale as we speak, such because the Audi E-Tron and Jaguar I-Pace.

There are some extra caveats to remember. Firstly, it is price noting that Tesla’s mannequin pricing and efficiency attributes vacillate on an virtually seasonal foundation, so it is tough to guess the place Mannequin Y or Mannequin X pricing might be when the Cadillac hits the market (if certainly Tesla remains to be promoting the identical car in any respect). Moreover, the aforementioned Mannequin X’s efficiency figures are realized with normal all-wheel drive, whereas a earlier report mentioned Cadillac officers imagine that AWD on the Lyriq might shave off 20 to 30 miles of vary. With over two years between now and when GM says it can ship this new Cadillac, it is unattainable to know the way the Lyriq’s numbers will line up in opposition to the competitors, from Tesla or in any other case.

Because it stands, Cadillac’s promising-looking new entry is simply round “80%” finalized, based on Minter, with additional pricing and car specifics more likely to trickle out subsequent 12 months. Manufacturing is reportedly slated to start first in China, with US meeting coming on-line quickly thereafter.

The takeaway? Simply as your mileage might fluctuate, so, too, might the Lyriq EV’s eventual efficiency and pricing figures. 

Initially revealed Aug. 7.
Replace, Aug. 13: Provides new data on the Lyriq’s potential worth.

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Chris Paukert