It’s official – Cadillac is headed back to Australia for the first time since the 60s, and will offer an EV only portfolio that kicks off with the 2025 Lyriq crossover. A high performance, luxury vehicle, it’s loaded with technology that will put it at the automotive cutting edge.
While local details for the new model aren’t known yet, the US version sports a 102kWh battery and is good for around 500km of driving range, with 388kW of power and 610Nm of torque. Dual drive motors will be offered across an unknown number of variants.
Featuring a black crystal front grille, it rides on massive wheels. Inside, a single 33-inch combined instrument cluster and infotainment system, with touch options everywhere, provides the interface between driver and car.
That’s alongside Nappa leather and some special front seats that actually contour to your body, as well as being heated and vented, and offering massage. There’s also an AKG Studio 19-speaker surround sound audio system.
It features built-in Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while owners will also enjoy a massive fixed panoramic glass roof. Boot space is 793-litres with the second row up, and 1,722-litres with it folded down.
Built on the Ultium battery platform, the chassis setup can support SUVs, crossovers, sedans and full-sized pickups (or utes if you prefer). Offered in all-wheel drive, and designed from the ground up as a factory right-hander.
While GM says its focus is on exclusivity and small volumes to discerning buyers, the Cadillac Lyric is likely to battle the Audi e-tron, Mercedes-Benz EQS and a range of offerings from BMW, including the iX for consumer’s hearts.
“The launch of the Lyric is a ground-breaking moment” GM Australia and New Zealand managing director Jess Bala said. “Design, precision craftsmanship and luxury combines to deliver a product we think will do well here.”
For General Motors Australia and New Zealand, the Cadillac EV portfolio represents a paradigm shift when considered against its Chevrolet Corvette and Silverado offerings. Jess Bala told Exhaust Notes Australia she believes Australia is ready for that.
“I look at our customer base here, and they’re a very forward-thinking, tech-savvy bunch. They’ve always been at the forefront of wanting the latest and greatest thing,” she said.
“EV’s are obviously trending upwards, as they are in many other markets. That, combined with the beautiful cars we have coming means now is the right time to bring Cadillac to Australia and New Zealand.”
Cadillac will sell its vehicles in both Australia and New Zealand, directly to customers through a store front model, with Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland representing the three foundation locations. Alternatively, people can buy directly from their website.
Final local specifications, pricing and additional information will be provided closer to its physical launch in the latter half of 2024. Interested customers can register their interest at cadillacanz.com/register