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All-electric Cadillac Lyriq offers expected 300-mile range and a 33-inch screen inside

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Cadillac GM is electrifying its vehicle portfolio.

On the front line of this product offensive is the new Cadillac Lyriq, an all-electric utility vehicle that officially makes its debut Thursday.

This electric crossover could be music to drivers’ ears, as the Lyriq promises ample luxury, segment-leading technology and plenty of driving range, all with zero tailpipe emissions.

‘It is the beginning of a transformation of the brand,’ said Steve Carlisle, executive vice president and president of GM North America during a media presentation.

This SUV, along with the as yet unshown Celestiq electric sedan concept, signals an important change at Cadillac.

‘We are moving forward with proper names for our products,’ said Carlisle.

According to one spokesman, as shown, the Lyriq is 80 to 85% production ready.

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This is the first GM vehicle to be unveiled that features the automaker’s new Ultium battery system, which is part of a modular EV architecture.

With a claimed capacity of around 100 kilowatt hours, the Lyriq should provide a driving range of at least 300 miles.

The vehicle will be offered with either rear- or all-wheel drive.

Expect a nearly 50:50 weight distribution for improved on-road manners, and according to Marty Hogan, the Lyriq’s executive chief engineer, its center of gravity will be around 4 inches lower than a Cadillac XT5’s.

Serving double duty, Hogan also said the battery is ‘a structural element in the vehicle,’ enhancing stiffness and crash performance.

Typical of modern electric cars, this amped-up SUV should deliver impressive performance.

‘ A Tesla Model X in Performance trim, for instance, offers 305 miles of range and can hit 60 mph in an organ-bruising 2.

Once its driving range is depleted, the Lyriq’s battery pack can be replenished quickly.

‘This is the future of Cadillac,’ said Melissa Grady, the brand’s chief marketing officer.

‘ One look inside the Lyriq and you’ll understand why.

The pixel dimensions of this LED screen have not been disclosed, but, ‘It will be at a very high resolution,’ said Andrew Smith, executive director of global Cadillac design.

The Lyriq will also feature a new dual-pane head-up display with augmented reality.

For enhanced listening pleasure, the Lyriq will be offered with a 19-speaker AKG studio reference sound system.

One more clever feature this all-electric Cadillac will offer is called supervised remote parking.

Basically, it enables the Lyriq to parallel or perpendicular park itself with the driver either inside or outside the vehicle.

The Lyriq’s face is dominated by a large grille, one with illuminated elements and even a light-up badge.

Aside from that eye-catching screen, the Lyriq’s cabin should be suitably luxurious, both spacious and optimistic according to Smith, something he said is important for an American brand like Cadillac.

Not quite ready for primetime, the Cadillac Lyriq is expected to go on sale late in 2022, meaning it’s at least two years until examples start arriving at dealerships.

Certainly, over time it needs to be,’ said Carlisle, since General Motors intends to electrify the Cadillac product range over the next seven to 10 years.

Drivers residing in other countries who crave a stylish and technologically advanced luxury SUV shouldn’t fret, either.