Cadillac Lyriq, Celestiq and More: How Cadillac is Leading the Way With EVs

November 17th, 2021 by
General Motors is pushing Cadillac forward as their leader in electric vehicles. Discover what’s in store for the future with the Cadillac Lyriq and more.

General Motors will be releasing 30 new electric vehicles globally by 2025. If you’re looking to get a new Cadillac and wondering which one is best for you, there are several new ones coming to the lineup.

The innovative 2023 Cadillac Lyriq will be the first one to enter the market. It’s a groundbreaking electric vehicle. The Lyriq will redefine the style and expectations of EVs. Soon after, the highly anticipated Cadillac Celestiq will come out.

We’ll go over some of the key features in both of these new Cadillacs. We’ll also discuss what may be in store in the future from the automaker.

The Cadillac Lyriq

First in the Cadillac EV lineup is the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq. The Lyriq is the first fully electric vehicle from Cadillac. Instead of easing into the EV market, Cadillac is bursting in to redefine it.

The Cadillac Lyriq is a four-door, five-passenger SUV that definitely stands out from the group. Instead of the traditional tall and boxy SUVs we’re used to seeing, the Lyriq is sleek, long, and lower to the ground. This design makes for a spacious and luxurious cabin for both front and rear-seat passengers.

Inside the Lyriq, passengers are transported into the future with its interior. The 33-inch curved advanced LED display is a staple inside the vehicle. It’s a seamless display that starts at the dash behind the steering wheel.

It continues into the infotainment center. The display is capable of displaying over a billion different colors. This is 64 times more than display screens in any other vehicle today.

The new Cadillacs will feature GM’s Super Cruise technology. The Cadillac Lyriq is the first one to have it.

Super Cruise gives the vehicles hands-free automated driving capability on roads that are compatible with the technology. When drivers are not on autonomously capable roads, the Super Cruise still offers lane-keep assist, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane-departure warning.

We recognize most electric cars out on the road by their front bumper. It’s a solid body construction that lacks the usual grille and vent spaces found in gas-powered cars. Cadillac re-imagined that for their electric vehicles. The Cadillac EVs feature a dazzling grille that has vent-like lights. The already iconic Cadillac badge is illuminated as well, making it an unmistakable vehicle.

The Cadillac Celestiq

The Cadillac Celestiq will be the brand’s new hand-built flagship vehicle. It will offer even more technology and luxury features than the Lyriq.

The Celestiq will come standard with all-wheel-drive, four-wheel steering, and 23-inch wheels. Also standard is the glass roof. This panoramic full-glass roof is split into four distinct glass quadrants.

Cadillac calls it smart glass. While this sounds complicated and full of science, it simply allows each person in the vehicle to determine their own level of transparency.

On the default seting, the glass tint will match the interior of the car. If the back-seat passengers want clear views of the skies above, they will be able to choose that setting. If the front-seat passenger wants some sky views but would prefer a dimmer version, they can set their quadrant for that. If the driver doesn’t want any light coming in from above, they can make that selection in their quadrant.

The LED display inside the Celestiq will be the width of the entire dashboard: a giant seamless display screen from the driver’s side all the way to the passenger’s side. It’s a pillar-to-pillar touchscreen display that’s sure to be unlike anything out on the road.

The Celestiq will also feature the new GM Ultium battery. The Ultium battery features an innovative design that works beautifully with the car layout. This battery is flexible and stackable, which allows for efficient use of space. The Ultium batteries are also made from raw materials that are ethically sourced.

This battery will give the Celestiq a 300-plus-mile range fast charging capability, as well as the ability to charge from traditional outlets. The Super Cruise technology will also be available in the Cadillac Celestiq.

What’s Next

GM has pledged to go fully electric by 2035. This means that both the Cadillac Lyriq and Celestiq are the first of what are sure to be many new innovative offerings from the brand.

GM trademarked the names Optiq and Symboliq in 2020. Could these be the names of the new Cadillacs and future EVs?

GM also patented an in-floor foot massager. Could the Celestiq be the Cadillac vehicle to debut foot massagers? Or is GM saving this for a future electric vehicle?

There are at least three other electric Cadillac SUVs that will be in production. These include a compact SUV similar to the Cadillac XT4, a full-size SUV similar to the Cadillac Escalade, and a three-row SUV. If the technology and innovation brought forth in the Lyriq and Celestiq are any indication, these will also be game-changers for the electric vehicle market.

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These innovations and designs may be groundbreaking for the electric vehicle market, but they’re not new for Cadillac. Cadillac vehicles are luxurious, spacious, and always cutting edge.

Come down to Huber Cadillac of Omaha to see the current lineup or learn more about the Cadillac Lyriq! You can also contact us at (402) 238-1729.