2023 Cadillac Lyriq preview: Electric SUV is Cadillac’s future

The brand made famous by outlandish cars and bling-bling gasoline-powered V8-filled SUVs is about to begin a whole new chapter, and it starts with the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq. This 100% electric SUV is the first in a wave of Cadillacs running solely on electricity. Featuring GM’s new Ultium battery technology, shared by the Hummer EV, the Lyriq has a 100-kilowatt-hour battery for an estimated range of 312 miles in the 340-hp rear-drive model. Estimated range for the 500-hp all-wheel-drive Lyriq hasn’t been revealed at the time of this writing, but you can expect it to be slightly lower. Coupled with fast cooldowns, the Lyriq arrives with fully competitive EV benchmarks.

As for the vehicle itself, the Lyriq is a two-row midsize SUV that’s a little bigger than Cadillac’s XT5 on the outside but a little smaller on the inside (those super cool looks result in a practical compromise). The interior builds on the Escalade’s tech-focused interior, featuring a large curved OLED infotainment/instrument display covering much of the dash. Its floating center console, minimal physical controls and streamlined air vents are essentially must-haves for an EV at this point. The steering wheel is also a new design, and the green lights you’ll see on its rim (pictured below) indicate that the Lyriq comes standard with GM’s Super Cruise hands-free highway driving technology.

We haven’t tested the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq yet, but we’re certainly looking forward to it given its solid specs and compelling design. The order for the Lyriq has just opened.

Interior & Technology | Passenger and cargo area | Performance and range

Pricing and Features | Crash Ratings and Safety Features

What’s new for 2023?

The Lyriq is a completely new model.

What does the Lyriq interior and in-car technology look like?

Welcome to the future. Slip into the driver’s seat of the Lyriq and you’ll be greeted by a wide expanse of curved screen that stretches from the A-pillar to just past the midpoint of the dashboard. Unlike other seemingly huge displays, such as the Mercedes EQS hyperdisplay, which are really just separate screens housed in a single box, the Lyriq is a contiguous OLED unit that serves as both dashboard and display. infotainment touchscreen. The functional result is basically the same, but it sure is cooler!

The infotainment portion uses Google’s Android Automotive operating system, which effectively provides the software framework over which Cadillac places its own design “skin”. You can read more about it under the guise of GMC in this overview of the Yukon infotainment system. We’re generally happy with the functionality of the system, although we can’t say it’s particularly better or worse than systems developed by various automakers.

Elsewhere in the cabin, we like that Cadillac still uses physical controls for climate controls and other vehicle functions (the cool little buttons that direct the air vents seem like a much better solution than those controlled by touchscreen ), although we have our doubts about the touch steering wheel controls. Like many other EVs, the Lyriq features a floating center console with cupholders and an electronic shifter (a bright rotating design) on an open storage compartment. There is a second tray sticking out from the bottom of the dashboard (pictured below left)

How big is the Lyriq?

Like other EVs, the Lyriq’s electric architecture results in dimensions that don’t match gas-powered models. For example, its overall length falls between a two-row BMW X5 and a three-row Lincoln Aviator, with a wheelbase that surpasses both of them, but its overall height is about 5 inches lower than those SUVs. The result is a sleek and decidedly cool SUV with less cargo space and headroom in the back.

The rear legroom of 39.6 inches is compatible with larger midsize SUVs (and the Tesla Model Y), which should be good for longer legs and forward-facing child seats. back. There’s also considerable shoulder room at 58.6 inches, meaning you’re more likely to seat three people. As for cargo space, there’s only 28 cubic feet of space behind the raised third row, a modest amount less than many compact SUVs, let alone all of those mentioned above. It’s about what you’d get in a Mustang Mach-E and Kia EV6, though, though they’re admittedly cheaper EVs.

What are the Lyriq range, load and performance specs?

Like other electric vehicles, the number of drive wheels greatly affects performance and slightly affects range. They both share a 100 kWh battery.

The rear-drive Lyriq has a single motor that produces 340 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. The range is estimated at 320 miles by the EPA. It has 19.2kW AC charging capabilities, allowing it to recover 52 miles of range using an applicable Level 2 home charger.

The all-wheel-drive Lyriq adds a front-engine, bringing the output up to 500 horsepower. Torque numbers and estimated range weren’t available at the time of this writing, but GM lists a towing capacity of up to 3,500 pounds for the AWD model. It is only capable of 11.5KW home charging, which means it can only recover 37 miles in an hour with a Level 2 home charger.

As for public DC fast charging, the RWD and AWD Lyriqs can charge at a maximum rate of 190kW, allowing them to recover up to 76 miles in about 10 minutes (depending on remaining battery life) . Lyriq buyers will have the choice of two years of free charging on the EVGo charging network or a $1,500 credit through Qmerit for qualifying professional installation of a Level 2 wall charger or compatible 240-volt outlet with the dual voltage charging cable supplied by Lyriq.

What is the Lyriq 2023 price and what features are available?

The rear-drive Lyriq starts at $62,990 including destination charges. The all-wheel-drive Lyriq starts at $64,990, which is a surprisingly low premium considering the big boost in performance. As described above, owners get either two years of public DC fast charging or a $1,500 credit for installing a home charger.

GM vehicles are not currently eligible for federal electric vehicle tax rebates, and the Lyriq’s base price is also above the $60,000 cap for California’s electric vehicle rebate. He may still have discounts available to him in other states.

The RWD and AWD Lyriq share a common trim level called Luxury, but their equipment differs. Oddly enough, the RWD has more.

Standard equipment on both includes 20-inch wheels, acoustic laminated glass, LED headlights, Super Cruise hands-free highway driving assistance and other safety/assist technologies (see below ), a glass roof, front seats with eight power settings (heated, ventilated and massaging), leatherette upholstery (Inteluxe), heated power steering wheel, driver memory settings, 33-inch curved LED screen, interface of Google Android Automotive infotainment, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, wireless phone charging, five USB ports and a 19-speaker AKG Studio audio system that includes headrest speakers (pictured below right ). The rear-drive version has a hands-free power tailgate, rear-view camera rear-view mirror washer (wouldn’t the AWD Lyriq be more likely to need it?) and the option of 22-inch wheels.

At launch, the Lyriq will only be available in Satin Steel Metallic. Crystal White, Stellar Black and Opulent Blue will be paid late availability options.

What are Lyriq’s safety ratings and driver assistance features?

The Lyriq has not been third party tested at the time of this writing.

Every Lyriq comes standard with one of the most robust suites of safety and driver assistance technologies to be found in any car at any price. It includes standard forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, rear cross-traffic warning and emergency braking, blind spot warning and assistance to evasive steering, lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control and hands-free Super Cruise mode. highway driving assistance.

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