Cadillac's Electric Debut in Australia: The 2024 Lyriq SUV and What to Expect
November 15, 2023
Cadillac's re-entry into the Australian market is scheduled for 2024, featuring its first launch with the electric Lyriq SUV. Designed for global markets, including right-hand drive configurations, the Lyriq will be produced in the GM Spring Hill, Tennessee plant, with potential future sourcing from China not ruled out. Initially, Cadillac will open three retail stores, dubbed ‘Cadillac Experience Centres,’ in Melbourne, Sydney, and Auckland, indicating a shift from traditional dealership models to a direct-to-consumer approach.
The Lyriq will be available in a dual-motor all-wheel-drive configuration as standard, with the option of a single-motor rear-wheel drive in other markets. Powered by a 102kWh lithium-ion battery, it offers 388kW of power and 610Nm of torque. While specific range figures for the Australian market are not yet confirmed, the European WLTP cycle suggests a 530km range. The Lyriq's dimensions compare to the BMW iX, and it comes equipped with luxury features like heated, ventilated, and massaging front seats, a panoramic glass roof, Nappa leather upholstery, and a 33-inch LED display with 9K resolution.
Cadillac's Australian pricing remains unconfirmed, but the starting price in the U.S. is approximately A$90,000. The company has indicated a distinctive after-sales experience for Cadillac customers, separate from GM Specialty Vehicles showrooms. Local testing in Australia will focus on charging requirements, but no local ride and handling tune is planned.
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