Cadillac prepares the launch of the Lyriq electric crossover
General Motors is continuing mass production of the Cadillac Lyriq crossover, the brand’s first all-electric vehicle, in Shanghai, even as the city remains closed due to COVID-19.
Pre-production of the Lyriq began last week at the Cadillac plant in Shanghai, GM’s China unit said.
The automaker has started optimizing manufacturing processes, conducting reliability tests and locally validating various Lyriq functions, including infotainment systems and driver assistance technology, according to GM China.
The Lyriq originally built for the Chinese market is a rear-wheel-drive long-range variant. It will have a range of over 650 kilometers (403 miles) and will feature a 33-inch-diagonal LED infotainment screen, large panoramic glass dome and GM’s Super Cruise driver-assist technology with lane change.
GM plans to start delivering the locally produced Lyriq to Chinese customers in mid-2022.
The Detroit automaker produces cars and light trucks at SAIC-GM, its joint venture with SAIC Motor Corp.
SAIC operates factories in Shanghai as well as in the northeast Chinese port city of Yantai, the northeast Chinese city of Shenyang, and the central Chinese city of Wuhan. China.
With production and shipments disrupted by the Shanghai lockdown and restrictive measures adopted by other Chinese cities to control the coronavirus outbreak, SAIC-GM’s sales fell 70% to 23,829 in April, with a Year-to-date volume down 28% to 298,365, according to SAIC.