The 2023 Cadillac Lyriq will arrive in RWD configuration with 340 horsepower.
The Lyriq’s 100 kWh battery pack will provide more than 300 miles or 480 kilometres of range.
Base price is set at $59,990 in the United States, and at $69,898 including freight in Canada.
The Lyriq is the brand’s first dedicated EV, and a showcase of its future design direction as well. The production version of the crossover differs very little from the show car, and that’s a very good thing. In fact, the only noticeable changes are found in the shape of the outside mirrors and the smaller alloy wheels, while the cabin boasts a five-passenger layout instead of four.
While the show car sported 23-inch wheels, the production version will ride on 20-inchers wrapped in 265/50R20 tires, with 22-inch alloys and 275/40R22 tires as an option. Satin Steel Metallic and Stellar Black Metallic will be the only paint colors available at first, matched to either a Noir or Sky Cool Gray interior scheme. We’re assuming other hues will be added following the vehicle’s launch, scheduled for the first half of 2022.
The Lyriq is slightly longer than the Audi e-tron and the Jaguar I-PACE, with a longer wheelbase and marginally wider. Its roofline is lower than the Audi’s, higher than the Jaguar’s. The upcoming BMW iX is a tad shorter than the Caddy, but wider and sporting a more upright roofline. The Lyriq is bigger than a Tesla Model Y, smaller than a Model X. In the brand’s own utility vehicle lineup, the electric crossover is a smudge bigger than the Cadillac XT5.
The 2023 Cadillac Lyriq should dazzle onlookers with its front-end lighting spectacle as the driver approaches the vehicle. The carefully detailed taillights, which run around the width of the tailgate and climb up the rear pillars, also get their own choreography. EVs in our not-too-distant future will rely heavily on LED technology, and the new Caddy is no exception in that regard.
Initially, the Lyriq will be available in rear-wheel-drive configuration, with a single Ultium Drive motor producing 340 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. Later on, a “Performance AWD” variant will be introduced, adding an electric motor up front and resulting in higher output.
GM’s newly developed Ultium battery packs will be bolted underneath, with 12 modules totalling a capacity of 100 kWh, good for a driving range estimated at more than 300 miles or 480 kilometres. 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 exquisitely crafted interior of the Lyriq is also a foretaste of what’s to come in future Cadillacs, although the 33-inch curved LED display mimics the 38-inch OLED panel found in the new 2021 Cadillac Escalade. The cabin should provide a calm atmosphere thanks to Cadillac’s improved Active Noise Cancellation system, while an available AKG 19-speaker sound system with headrest tweeters should set the mood as well. A digital vehicle access system called KeyPass will be offered, as is GM’s Super Cruise semi-autonomous highway driving system.
Despite its midsize proportions, the Lyriq’s cargo area offers a volume of 28.0 cubic feet or 793 litres with the rear seats in place, and 60.8 cubic feet or 1,723 litres with the seatbacks folded down. Those are compact-segment numbers.
The order books for the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq will open in September, and the first deliveries should take place before the summer of 2022. Base price for the crossover is set at $59,990 in the United States and at $69,898 including the destination freight charge in Canada. That undercuts the I-PACE and the e-tron.
Gorgeous inside and out, offering good range and priced to sell, the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq should quickly kickstart the brand’s transition to an all-electrified future, as it recently promised to sell its last combustion-engine vehicle before the end of the decade. Let’s just hope the AWD version arrives promptly for the northern states and Canada. The flagship Cadillac Celestiq sedan should soon follow, before Cadillac introduces its Optiq and Symboliq crossovers as well as a fully electric variant of the Escalade.