The Car Connection Cadillac Lyriq Overview
The Cadillac Lyriq is a battery electric crossover SUV that ushers in a new era of GM’s luxury brand. By 2030, all new Cadillacs will be electric, and the five-seat Lyriq foreshadows how Cadillac will do it.
Launched with a single motor and rear-wheel drive, the Cadillac Lyriq has an estimated 300-mile range and an illuminating design.
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The Lyriq shares GM’s Ultium battery platform with the GMC Hummer EV, Chevy Bolt EUV, and several forthcoming models. Yet the spacious luxury SUV will compete with other high-end electric SUVs such as the BMW iX, Genesis GV60, Tesla Model X, and Audi E-Tron.
The new Cadillac Lyriq
Launched for 2023, the Lyriq rides on 20-inch wheels pushed to the corners for a long wheelbase that both lends the SUV a sporty profile and opens up room inside. The ends of the SUV wear familiar Cadillac crest shapes, but framed with a distinct light signature made up of 736 LEDs. Slashes of light, like slits in black cloth, fringe the grille, while vertical headlights and taillights provide a jumping off point for the new Cadillac. The taillights wrap around the corners and scale the D-pillars toward the roof. Inside, a glass roof opens up an interior trimmed with real wood and a dashboard headlined by a curved 33-inch LED display.
Unlike other electric vehicle launches, the Cadillac Lyriq started with the base model and its 100-kwh battery pack and single motor driving the rear axle with an estimated 340 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. Fast-charging at 190 kw adds 76 miles of range in 10 minutes. A Level 2 home charging option with 19.2 kw (100 amp) adds 52 miles per hour of charging. A dual-motor all-wheel-drive model is scheduled to follow.
Lyriq comes with one-pedal driving and a steering wheel paddle to adjust the regen braking level. The Lyriq uses the first iteration of GM’s Ultium platform used in the Chevy Bolt EUV, GMC Hummer EV, and future electric vehicles.
Cadillac provides access to more than 60,000 Level 2 and DC fast-charging stations across the country. Fast-charging at 190 kw adds 76 miles of range in 10 minutes. A Level 2 home charging option with 19.2 kw (100 amp) adds 52 miles per hour of charging.
Only two inches shorter than the Cadillac XT6 three-row SUV, the Lyriq seats up to five, but four adults can find comfort with nearly 40 inches of rear leg room. Synthetic leather covers the seats, with real leather expected on higher trim levels. The Lyriq has a starting price of just under $60,000.