2023 Cadillac Lyriq - gets up close and personal with Cadillac’s all-electric SUV | Cars Blog

Starting price is about $59,995 USD

Cadillac's first entry into the luxury electric car market will be the Lyriq SUV, which offers sharp styling and a modern cabin. Cadillac says both single- and dual-engine rear-wheel drive models will be offered, and its new SUV will have a driving range of more than 300 kilometers. Lyriq has been designed from the ground up and will use General Motors' new scalable battery architecture; The company claims a low center of gravity and spacious cabin as benefits of the dedicated EV architecture. The Lyriq will go on sale in early 2022 as a 2023 model.

The Cadillac Lyriq is undoubtedly one of the most highly anticipated upcoming EVs, and a select few journalists are now getting the chance to check it out in the flesh. Automotive research company Kelley Blue Book was able to have a quick look around a pre-production Lyriq for their YouTube channel, and it’s fair to say they were impressed.

Things are also very positive when it comes to the rear of the interior, with plenty of leg space for passengers. The floor is completely flat too, with no inconvenient bump down the middle. As for the trunk, cargo space is a practical 28 cubic feet. Unfortunately the Lyriq does not feature a front trunk, or “frunk”, as Cadillac decided to prioritize the rear cargo area instead, aiming to make it as big as possible

The Lyriq has a one-pedal drive function, meaning you rarely have to lift your foot from the accelerator. It also has a pressure sensitive pad to manage the vehicle’s regenerative braking. Unsurprisingly the Lyriq will offer GM’s Super Cruise self-driving function, allowing the driver to remove their hands from the steering wheel on certain pre-mapped roads in the US and Canada.

There are also plenty of premium features throughout the Lyriq, including a 19-speaker audio system with inbuilt headrest speakers. For ease of use the Lyriq will have a digital key feature too. 20” alloys come as standard. Initially the Lyriq will only be offered in silver or black, but more colors will become available over time.

Powered by a 100 kWh battery pack, the Lyriq will be capable of over 300 miles per charge according to GM. It will also manage 190 kW DC fast charging, meaning 195 miles of range can be added in around 30 minutes.

The Lyriq will come standard in rear-wheel drive with an electric motor on the rear axle; All-wheel drive will be optional and add a second engine up front to drive those wheels. So far, Cadillac hasn't revealed details of the Lyriq's all-wheel drive system, so we don't know how much horsepower it will produce; The rear-wheel drive model is said to produce 340 hp. Either way, acceleration is bound to be fast, at least at lower speeds, thanks to the instantaneous nature of the electric motor's energy distribution. For example, the I-Pace spiked to 60 mph in just 4.3 seconds during our testing; we expect Lyriq to deliver similar performance.

General Motors is launching a new line of EV battery technology with Lyriq called Ultium. Scalable technology allows the automaker to produce batteries in sizes ranging from 50.0 kWh to 200 kWh, although the largest sizes are said to be only for full-size EV pickups like the GMC Hummer EV. SUT coming soon. Cadillac claims that the Lyriq will offer a battery pack with a capacity of about 100 kWh and a range of more than 300 miles per charge. DC fast charging will be standard, but Lyriq will also be able to charge on a home outlet.

We expect Cadillac to equip it with plenty of driver-assist features, and Cadillac says the brand's Super Cruise semi-autonomous driving technology will also be offered. For more information on Lyriq crash test results, visit the websites of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Key safety features may include:

Lyriq is not only a brand new brand of the American luxury car brand, it is also Cadillac's first all-electric product. When it goes on sale, it will go head-to-head with giants like the Audi e-tron, Jaguar I-Pace, and Tesla Model X.

So far, Cadillac has only revealed the base price of the Lyriq — a tempting $59,995 — so we're speculating on prices for its higher trim levels. We hope to learn more about the Lyriq lineup and its various standard and optional features closer to the crossover's release date.

2023 Cadillac Lyriq - gets up close and personal with Cadillac’s all-electric SUV | Cars Blog 2023 Cadillac Lyriq - gets up close and personal with Cadillac’s all-electric SUV | Cars Blog Reviewed by My Home on September 18, 2021 Rating: 5

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