The 2023 Cadillac Lyriq will go on sale in Canada in the summer of 2022, about at the same time as the U.S. market.
The Lyriq will initially be offered in RWD, single-motor configuration with 340 horsepower.
The 100 kWh Ultium battery pack is said to provide more than 480 kilometres or 300 miles of range.
During a recent presentation about its upcoming Ultium platform and Ultium Drive powertrains, GM Canada announced that the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq will arrive in Canadian dealerships next summer with a base price of $69,898 including freight.
The Lyriq is the luxury brand’s first fully electric vehicle, a five-passenger midsize crossover that’s slightly bigger than the current Cadillac XT5, but smaller than the XT6. However, it rides on a very long 121.8-inch (3,094-millimetre) wheelbase. It will rival the Audi e-tron, the Jaguar I-PACE and the BMW iX on the Canadian market.
The first variants to hit dealerships will get a RWD configuration with 340 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque, along with a 100 kWh battery pack that’s said to provide a driving range of more than 300 miles or 480 kilometres. A “Performance AWD” variant will be introduced later on with a front-mounted electric motor, adding more horsepower to the fight.
Connected to an 11.5 kW AC charging at home or on the road, the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq will gain 31 miles or 50 kilometres of range per hour, and an available 19.2 kW charger will raise that number to 52 miles or 84 km per hour. On a DC Fast Charge setup, 10 minutes of charge time will net up to 76 miles or 122 km of range. Charge speeds of up to 190 kW will be possible.
The Lyriq’s seemingly lavish cockpit will feature a 33-inch curved LED display that integrates both the digital driver instrument panel and the infotainment system screen. Also offered will be an Active Noise Cancellation system, an AKG 19-speaker surround sound system, a digital access system called KeyPass and Super Cruise semi-autonomous driving. On the outside, only two paint colours will initially be available: Satin Steel Metallic and Stellar Black Metallic, matched to either a Noir or Sky Cool Gray interior colour scheme. Twenty-inch wheels will be fitted as standard, while 22-inchers will be optional.
The 2023 Cadillac Lyriq will be available to order in Canada starting this fall, and the first units will hit dealerships in the summer of 2022. The electric crossover will arrive in the U.S. market about at the same time with an MSRP of $59,990, and the Chinese market might get it even sooner. The Lyriq should also be available sometime in 2023 in the Middle East, while European and Russian markets are also under consideration.
Following the Lyriq, GM’s luxury brand will also launch the Cadillac Celestiq, a high-end, hand-built flagship sedan, along with more crossovers that could be named Optiq and Symboliq. A fully-electric, full-size SUV is also expected to be introduced at some point, which will share the upcoming GMC Hummer EV’s architecture.