Cadillac engineers have completed the so-called 80% validation drive for the 2023 LYRIQ, milestone in Cadillac’s first luxury EV’s development. With proof that all components and technologies are at or beyond 80%, engineers now start fine tuning LYRIQ prior to production in the fall of 2022.
For evaluation of LYRIQ’s performance on different road surfaces and in varying traffic conditions, Cadillac developed routes that included freeway, urban, and rural driving scenarios. Under these conditions, engineers assessed drive quality, systems calibrations, and other elements that directly affect the in-car encounter of a customer kind. (Cadillac LYRIC – Taking Back the Luxury EV Lead?)
“We’re now fine-tuning LYRIQ’s touchpoints,” said Jamie Brewer, executive chief engineer. “We’re making tweaks to a variety of areas as we do after every development drive, but we’re nearly there. Customers will love this driving experience and, we feel that it will redefine their expectations for electric luxury vehicles.” (GM Ups Bet by $35B in Autonomous, Electric Vehicle Games)
An accelerated launch schedule for LYRIQ, made possible in part by advances in virtual development and the supporting parallel processes, took the team as far away as New Zealand for test drives. Cold-weather testing was conducted there in August to take advantage of the Southern Hemisphere’s winter, eliminating the need wait for the season’s onset in the Northern half of the globe. (Environmental About Face – General Motors Ditching Internal Combustion Engines by 2035. Carbon Neutral by 2040?)