2023 Cadillac Lyriq: What We Know So Far
Cadillac is entering the luxury electric vehicle market with the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq. Here is what we know so far about this exciting electric SUV.
In 2023, Cadillac plans to make a big leap into the future with its first luxury electric vehicle—the sleek and futuristic Cadillac Lyriq.
This is part of a growing trend of electric vehicles that are planned for the coming years. And General Motors has targeted Cadillac to be the brand that showcases its first luxury electric vehicles, the Lyriq electric SUV and the Celestiq electric sedan.
So, what do we know about the Lyriq? Quite a bit actually. First, we know that it will have a driving range of over 300 miles. We also know that it will be fully designed from the ground up, with a luxurious cabin and a reliance on the latest electric vehicle technology.
Let’s see what else we can find out about the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq in this sneak peek.
The Cadillac Lyriq: Under the Hood
We can begin our Cadillac Lyriq review by looking at the engine and performance specs of this luxury electric SUV.
First, the Lyriq is Cadillac’s first all-electric vehicle. This means it’s primed to enter the market as a competitor to other all-electric offerings like the Tesla Model X or the Jaguar I-PACE.
The standard Cadillac Lyriq specs call for a rear-wheel-drive model, with an electric motor affixed to the rear axle. This motor will generate 340 horsepower for a peppy thrust—at least at lower speeds.
An optional all-wheel-drive model is also on the table, including an additional electric motor on the front axle.
Range and Battery Life
When dealing with an electric vehicle, the car’s range and battery life are critical.
So what can we expect out of the Cadillac Lyriq SUV? Well, the Lyriq will be the first electric vehicle to incorporate GM’s new battery technology, which is called Ultium.
This battery system is considered a scalable technology, which allows GM to produce batteries ranging in size from 50 kWh to 200 kWh. The Lyriq won’t require anything so hefty as the largest Ultium battery, but it will take a respectable 100-kWh battery.
This means that the Lyriq will be able to travel over 300 miles before requiring further charging. The vehicle is optimized for DC fast charging, but it will also be rechargeable using standard home outlets.
Okay, so we’ve had a look at the engine and battery specs for the Cadillac Lyriq. Now let’s get to the good stuff—what’s the interior like?
Although the concept sketches indicated four bucket seats, the production model opted for a standard rear bench seat. But one of the most amazing aspects of the upcoming Cadillac electric SUV is that its electric technology allows for a roomier, more comfortable cabin.
Best of all, the Lyriq will employ sophisticated noise-canceling technology to block out that annoying road noise and create a quieter atmosphere in the cabin.
Of course, these days, when we talk about a car’s interior, it’s no longer just about the seats and air conditioning.
We want to know about the technology extras, so let’s see what the Cadillac Lyriq has to offer. The Lyriq will feature an impressive dashboard that’s much like that in the 2021 Escalade. It’s a huge, 33-inch curved LED display that will make it feel like you’re driving an iPhone.
The display does double duty as both gauge readout and an advanced infotainment system. The infotainment system includes everything you could want—music, navigation displays, temperature and lighting controls, vehicle info; you name it.
Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, plus a WiFi hotspot, are expected to be standard features with the luxury Cadillac Lyriq SUV. This isn’t a rusty clunker—it’s a sophisticated piece of modern technology.
Not too much is known about the specific safety features in the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq.
It will likely come standard with several of the best safety mechanisms that Cadillac uses in its many highly-regarded vehicles. This will include the Super Cruise semi-autonomous driving tech, part of that push toward AI driving that’s sure to change the way we drive.
Beyond that, we can expect the Lyriq to feature automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control.
Here’s another cool feature of the Lyriq SUV.
It comes with something called “one-pedal driving,” as well as the second generation of General Motors’ regenerative braking tech, called “Regen on Demand.” Sounds interesting, but what does it mean in practical terms?
Well, just by easing off the accelerator, the driver can bring the vehicle to a stop without needing to hit the brakes. This is because the electric motor’s rotational resistance naturally slows the vehicle; plus, it helps charge the batteries simultaneously.
Pretty cool, huh?
Pricing and Models
So far, Cadillac has been mum on the different pricing levels of its four Lyriq models except for the base model.
That would be the Lyriq Luxury, which comes in at about $60,000. It’s a safe bet, however, that the other models will up the pricing by about $10,000 each. So you can probably expect to shell out about $70,000 for the Lyriq Premium Luxury, around $80,000 for the Lyriq Sport, and about $90,000 for the Lyriq Platinum.
Get Yourself a Cadillac Today!
The sleek and sophisticated Cadillac Lyriq is slated to be released next year.
And if the Lyriq is just the first of Cadillac’s electric vehicle offerings, we can’t wait to see what the years ahead have in store for us.
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