The Lyriq Optiq has made its full debut at the 2024 Beijing motor show, and we now know more about the drivetrains that will be available at the crossover’s market launch in China.

In the Middle Kingdom, the Standard version of the Optiq is a front-wheel drive, single motor variant boasting 180kW and 330Nm. Coupled to a 68.4kWh battery pack, the base Optiq is said to have a 536km driving range according to the generous CLTC standard.

The Long Range model boasts a dual-motor, all-wheel drive layout with a total output of 211kW and 465Nm. It’s fitted with a larger 79.7kWh battery that’s good a 600km range under CLTC testing.

Pricing for the Optiq starts at 239,700 yuan ($51,000) for the Standard variant, and 269,700 yuan ($57,400) for the Long Range model.

Measuring 4822mm long, 1912mm wide and 1642mm tall on a 2954mm wheelbase, the Optiq 72mm longer, 66mm narrower and 18mm taller than a Tesla Model Y.

It’s also 174mm shorter than the rear- and all-wheel drive Lyriq, and should also have a significantly smaller footprint than the three-row Vistiq.

There’s seating for up to five people, and boot space is said to be 441L with the rear seats up, and 1362L when they’re folded down.

Standard features in China include autonomous emergency braking, single pedal driving mode, twin rear spoilers, torque vectoring, variable rate dampers, smartphone virtual key support, dual-zone climate control, panoramic glass roof with electric sunshade, interior ambient lighting with up to 126 available colours, perforated leather seats, and electric front seat adjustment.

Also standard is a 33-inch curved screen encompassing the instrumentation display and infotainment system, wireless Apple CarPlay support, USB-C ports for both front and rear seats, and an 1000W AKG sound system.

In China, the top-spec Optiq Long Range comes with GM’s Super Cruise driver assistance features, including lane centring assist, assisted and automated lane changing, and driver attention monitoring.

Production of the Optiq has begun at the SAIC-GM joint venture factory in Wuhan, and Chinese customers can start buying Optiq models any day now.

The Optiq has also been confirmed for Canada, the US, and Mexico. It’s unclear where models for those markets will be built, but reports indicate North American models will be built in Mexico, which could make it eligible for the US federal tax credit of up to US$7500 ($11,500).

GM has yet to confirm if the Optiq will be sold in Australia, although it has already registered the Optiq, Escalade iQ, and Vistiq names Down Under.

So far the only Cadillac model confirmed as part of the brand’s local relaunch is the larger Lyriq crossover, which is built in Spring Hill, Tennessee, and will arrive on our shores late this year.

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