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The luxury automaker has revealed that the new model will boast 500 horsepower thanks to the twin-motor configuration, driving all four wheels. The twin-motor version is expected to rely on the same battery size as the rear-drive single-motor model, with a capacity of 100kWh. In this version, the Lyriq achieves an EPA range of 312 miles. The twin-motor version would likely be slightly lower than that figure, much the same as single- and twin-motor versions of other SUVs like the Kia EV6.
The base single-engine Lyriq model starts at $59,990 including destination charges. It also comes with 190kW DC fast charging capability that can add up to 76 miles of range in just 10 minutes. Cadillac will also offer a home charger capable of adding about 54 miles of range per hour, enabling a full charge in about 6 hours. It also has a one-pedal drive mode, a feature that has proven popular in the EV world.
Pricing is not yet available for the two-motor model, but expect it to be higher than the single-motor version. With solid horsepower figures and a range of around 300 miles, the twin-motor version is expected to rival rivals from Audi, BMW and Mercedes.
Cadillac opens order books for the Lyriq on May 19, with deliveries expected to begin in the spring. However, it will be the single-engine versions that hit the market first, only available in silver or black in the special Debut Edition. According to Cadillac, other models will be available in the fall, with a timetable no more precise than that. Either way, the company will be eager to enter the fray when it comes to the booming electric SUV segment.
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