It’s been a busy spring for General Motors, as the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq has begun production, but not before Cadillac bosses are already showing off another all-new, smaller Cadillac EV that’s expected to arrive soon.
It’s good to hear that the Lyriq is apparently on track for its production schedule, with assembly having begun at the Spring Hill, Tennessee, manufacturing facility, which was recently overhauled for EV service. GM’s manufacturing plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee, is capable of producing nearly 200,000 cars a year, per Forbes, with four models slated for production under a flexible build schedule. The Lyriq joins the Cadillac XT5, XT6 and GMC Acadia production lines, which can be moved based on parts and demand to speed up production of specific models, when needed.
GM will not yet say how many paid reservations the vehicle has, or how many it plans to build as it ramps up production this year. Order books and dealer reservations for all others will officially open on May 19, 2022.
Initial Lyriq batteries will be supplied by LG of South Korea, similar to the current Hummer production line. That will soon change, however, the GM-LG joint venture will see Ultium batteries manufactured in Lordstown, Ohio delivered to manufacturing plants in Detroit and Spring Hill later this year; at the end of 2023, another Ultium plant will open next to the Spring Hill site to supply batteries directly to these assembly lines.
Forbes reports that these batteries will also have a new destination, based on information from a dealer meeting on an all-new, smaller EV SUV that has already taken place: “At a recent dealer meeting, Cadillac reportedly showed a image of a smaller XT4 An electric crossover that could be built in Tennessee The Acura electric crossover that is expected in 2024 could also be built at the factory.
The mentioned future Acura EV is part of a larger agreement between Honda, the parent company of Acura, and GM, the parent company of Cadillac. The arrangement helps Honda quickly launch a few new EVs on a shared infrastructure by leveraging GM’s North American manufacturing presence, where there’s apparently plenty of production capacity.