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Orders for 2023 Cadillac Lyriq EV 'full within hours'

The order bank for the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq EV that opened Thursday was "full within hours," Cadillac spokesman Michael Albano said Friday in a statement.

Specific pre-order figures weren't released. Ordering opened at 9 a.m. and by 1:30 p.m. customers looking to book were switched to a waitlist, he said.

Those put on a waitlist will be "prioritized for additional ’23 volume or ’24 models," Albano said. "Customer demand for the Lyriq has matched our expectations and we look forward to exceeding their expectations when they take delivery of their Lyriq.”

GM is looking to expand production for the 2024 model year.

The $62,990 rear-wheel drive Lyriq gets an estimated 312 miles of range on a charge, the automaker said Monday. Range will be released later on the $64,990 all-wheel drive option, which has a second drive unit.

The prices are comparable with top competitors, including the $69,100 Audi e-tron with an EPA estimated 222 miles of range; the $71,300 Jaguar I-Pace, which also gets 222 miles; and the $62,990 Tesla Model Y with an estimated 330 miles.  

GM launched the $59,990 debut-edition Lyriq in March at its Spring Hill, Tenn., plant. Deliveries of that edition, which was available through reservation only, will begin this summer. 

Deliveries on the RWD option are expected to start this fall. Initial deliveries of the AWD model will start early next year. 

Reuters, citing sources, reported in February that GM told suppliers to gear up for production of 25,000 Lyriqs in 2022.