Cadillac has been showing off its Lyriq electric SUV for awhile now. However, until today it has only shown a concept variant of the upcoming EV. Now we have the official production vehicle, which looks shockingly like the concept.
“Throughout the next decade, Cadillac will define the future of luxury transportation through a series of exciting new electric vehicles, and it all begins with LYRIQ,” said Rory Harvey, vice president, Global Cadillac. “The 2023 Cadillac LYRIQ’s stunning design and artfully integrated technology combined with GM’s Ultium Platform will deliver a high-performance luxury experience unlike anything that has come before it, setting a new standard for Cadillac.”
Based on GM’s new Ultium battery platform, the Lyriq will be exclusively electric. At its core rests a 100-kWh battery pack and an electric motor resting at the rear axle. This combination will yield 340 horsepower and 325 pound-feet (440 Nm) of torque. Cadillac is also estimating at least 300 miles of range per charge, but the EPA will have to validate that closer to launch. Assuming these estimates net out, Cadillac may have a formidable rival to the Tesla Model X here.
Lyriq also offers high-speed DC fast charging for public stations at 190 kW, enabling customers to add an estimated 76 miles of range in about 10 minutes of charging time. For home charging, Lyriq offers a segment-leading 19.2 kW charging module, which can add up to 52 miles of range per hour of charge.
Concept Car Looks
The powertrain bits of Lyriq–while important–are not surprising. What is surprising with the 2023 Lyriq is the fact Cadillac has retained the concept vehicle’s overall design. Cadillac is calling the Lyriq design the “next iteration” of Cadillac, with a new black crystal grille serving as the hallmark trait.
In general the exterior has changed very little from the concept. In fact, at some angles–such as the rear–you are hard-pressed to find any differences from the show car. This means those dramatic, tail-fin inspired taillights are remaining intact for production.
It’s also worth calling out the size of the Lyriq. The overall length is just a couple inches shy of the Cadillac XT6. Given the Lyriq’s EV packaging, this is also allowing Cadillac to push the axles close to the ends of the car, unlocking a 121.8 inch wheelbase. That’s nearly 10 inches more than the XT6, meaning this is going to be a very spacious Caddy crossover.
Inside is a similar story to the exterior. While the interior has lost some of its show car dazzle, the overall look remains the same. Cadillac has really taken a play from the 2021 Escalade interior by inserting a massive 33-inch curved OLED display along the dash. Intricate details, such as laser etched patterns through wood over metal decor add details that make the Escalade interior a little jealous.
Lyriq buyers will also appreciate the addition of Cadillac’s Super Cruise technology, its next-generation active noise cancellation technology and KeyPass digital key access. An AKG Studio 19-speaker audio system with headrest speakers is also in tow to keep audiophiles happy.
Also surprising in today’s announcement is the fact Cadillac disclosed the price. The 2023 Cadillac Lyriq will start at $59,990 when it begins production early next year. Now, it is important to note that this is just the base price. Assuming Cadillac holds to tradition, there will be plenty of options to drive that price upward. Nonetheless, the Lyriq appears to be a more attainable option for buyers wanting a piece of GM’s Ultium battery plans next year versus the Hummer EV lineup.
The Lyriq will be produced at GM’s Spring Hill, Tennessee assembly plant. Interested buyers will be able to reserve a Lyriq starting in September.