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Cadillac LYRIQ production kicks off in Spring Hill, Tenn.

At an event earlier today, Cadillac celebrated the beginning of production of its LYRIQ EV SUV at its newly-reconfigured plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee.

“This is a monumental day for the entire GM team," GM President Mark Reuss said in a statement. "We retooled Spring Hill Assembly with the best, most advanced technology in the world and the team worked tirelessly to complete the preparations nine months ahead of the original schedule.”

With that updated timeline, Cadillac will start delivering LYRIQ EVs to customers this summer, with the all-wheel drive version deliveries beginning in early 2023.

Cadillac had initially sold out its first-run of LYRIQ pre-orders which now totaled around 240,000, Cadillac VP Rory Harvey said at a media briefing. Cadillac will also start taking new orders for the LYRIQ on May 19, with those orders not likely arriving until the 2023 calendar year, Harvey said.

Cadillac will work through those existing pre-orders first, with the company expecting 10% of these pre-orders to convert to purchases. Interestingly, Cadillac said in a statement to Yahoo Finance, “70% of the [LYRIQ] Debut Edition customers are new to Cadillac and are coming from other luxury and more mainstream brands.”

GUANGZHOU, CHINA - NOVEMBER 19: A Cadillac Lyriq concept electric SUV is on display during the 19th Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition (Auto Guangzhou 2021) at China Import and Export Fair Complex on November 19, 2021 in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province of China. (Photo by Chen Dongqiu/VCG via Getty Images)
GUANGZHOU, CHINA - NOVEMBER 19: A Cadillac Lyriq concept electric SUV is on display during the 19th Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition (Auto Guangzhou 2021) at China Import and Export Fair Complex on November 19, 2021 in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province of China. (Photo by Chen Dongqiu/VCG via Getty Images)

From a production standpoint Cadillac, like almost all other automakers, is trying to ramp up EV production. While initial production was planned for around 3,000 vehicles in 2022, Cadillac said demand remains high. In a statement, “Since [its] reveal, the interest in the LYRIQ has been very strong. Therefore we will continue to explore adding additional volume.”

Last month Reuters reported Cadillac had expanded initial production of the LYRIQ to 25,000 vehicles this year, up significantly from the prior plan. Cadillac revealed today it now has the ability to boost capacity to mid-40,000 units a year.

From a specifications point of view the rear-wheel drive LYRIQ Debut Edition will come with 100 kWH battery, giving it “more than 300 miles” range, Cadillac says, though this figure has not been EPA tested. This rear-wheel drive model will have 340 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque. With a base price just under $60,000, the LYRIQ is competitively priced with Tesla’s (TSLA) Model Y, now starting at $63,000 after recent price hikes.

Finally, Cadillac also confirmed its CELESTIQ EV sedan will start production next year, meaning a proper reveal of the car will likely happen sometime this year.

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Pras Subramanian is the senior autos reporter for Yahoo Finance. You can follow him on Twitter and on Instagram.

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