Chevrolet Blazer EV costs more than Cadillac Lyriq, and here's why

Chevrolet Blazer EV costs more than Cadillac Lyriq, and here's why

As American automobile giant General Motors boldly ventures into the electric vehicle (EV) market, the Cadillac Lyriq and Chevrolet Blazer EV have surfaced as trailblazers, sharing a common Ultium-based platform and a myriad of components. However, it baffles many why the apparently more mainstream Chevrolet Blazer EV carries a price tag that competes with the premium Cadillac Lyriq.

To unveil the intricacies of the Cadillac Lyriq and Chevrolet Blazer EV’s market positions, this comprehensive analysis delves into the features, performance metrics, and pricing structures of these battery-powered siblings.

Cadillac continues to maintain its reputation as a premium car brand, separate from the mainstream Chevrolet. While GM has a history of employing common parts across its brand portfolio, premium models usually command higher prices because of distinctions in design, materials, and equipment. However, it is quite surprising that the Chevrolet Blazer EV has unexpectedly higher price. Actually, it shares the same platform as the Cadillac, and has the same wheelbase, battery, and powertrain setup.

When we examine the rear-wheel drive (RWD) variants of the 2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV RS and the 2024 Cadillac Lyriq Tech, both boast a 102-kWh battery pack, a similar electric motor (e-motor) power output, with differences likely attributable to conversion calculations rather than physical disparities, and an EPA combined range of more than 300 miles. Charging capabilities, curb weights, and on-board chargers of both EVs are also the same. Yet, the Blazer EV RS RWD starts at $60,395, commanding a premium of $3,200 over the Cadillac Lyriq Tech RWD.

The plot thickens when we delve into the all-wheel drive (AWD) versions of the EVs. The Cadillac Lyriq Tech AWD, which comes equipped with a 102-kWh battery pack and a powerful 373-kW dual-motor setup, commands a starting price of $60,695. Surprisingly, the Chevrolet Blazer EV RS eAWD, which has 85-kWh battery and a power output of 215 kW, is priced 3 per cent lower at $58,820, albeit with an obligatory $2,620 package. This is really surprising, especially considering the Lyriq AWD's superior power and better features.

Hence, the pricing dynamics between the Chevrolet Blazer EV and Cadillac Lyriq present a complex scenario. While the Lyriq boasts a premium image and higher power in the AWD version, the Blazer EV commands an amazingly comparable price. Hopeful enthusiasts anticipate potential reductions in Blazer EV prices, rather than increases on Cadillac's side, as both models navigate the evolving EV landscape.

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