Approximately 1,800 orders have been placed for the Cadillac Lyriq 2023 in Canada, Cadillac Society studied during a recent meeting with representatives of luxury brands in the local market.
Recently, the luxury brand pointed out that 17,000 individual “hand raisers” in Canada expressed interest in a battery electric luxury crossover. Of them, 1,800 customers deposited $100 to secure a Lyriq reservation, which was fully refundable. Given Canada’s relatively low acceptance of electric vehicles, these figures suggest that a healthy number of customers in the Canadian market are attracted to the Lyriq. Another important data point is that there are currently 118 Cadillac dealers in Canada.
The Cadillac Lyriq recently went into production on March 21st, 2022, at the Spring Hill assembly plant in Tennessee. In the US, early orders for the Lyriq, known as the Debut Edition model, sold out in less than 10 minutes. Cadillac did not say how many reservations were made.
Riding the new BEV3 platform, the Cadillac Lyriq Debut Edition 2023 is equipped with a 100.4 kWh Ultium lithium-ion battery pack and a single Drive Ultium motor mounted on the rear axle. The electric driveline is rated at 340 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque, and Cadillac estimates the Lyriq will have a range of 300 miles on a full charge. It is offered exclusively with a rear-wheel drive configuration.
Cadillac recently announced that a high-performance variant, currently known as the Lyriq Performance AWD variant, is in the works, and will be available in early 2023. While the full specs are yet to be published, we expect it to be more powerful than the Debut Edition model thanks to the addition front mounted motor and all-wheel drive.
Shipping of the Debut Edition models will begin soon. As soon as they do, the order book will open for the next model on May 19thth, 2022. Initially, Cadillac planned to make a second wave of reservations, as it did for the Lyriq Debut Edition. Instead, the luxury brand chose to forgo it, immediately opening the order book due to the sheer amount of interest in the Lyriq.
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