General Motors , more particularly Cadillac , now relies on exclusively electric vehicles. Indeed, the luxury division of the manufacturer announced, during the online presentation of the Lyriq , that from now on, all its new models will be deprived of a thermal engine. Bold, of course, but let’s start with the first model: the Lyriq. It is the first electric vehicle signed Cadillac. From this fall, it will be possible to order one. The first deliveries are scheduled for the first quarter of next year.
What to think of the Cadillac Lyriq 2023 ? It is an electric luxury SUV in the same vein as the Jaguar I-Pace or the Audi e-tron. In terms of dimensions, the Lyriq is somewhere between an XT5 and an XT6 at Cadillac, but strangely, its total cargo space (with the seat backs lowered) is less than that of an XT5, or 1723 liters against 1 784. Will the Lyriq compensate with its more spacious interior? To be continued.
Beneath its eye-catching design, which is no different from the concept model unveiled last summer, hides an Ultium battery with a (usable) capacity of 100 kilowatt hours that powers a 255 kilowatt motor, or the equivalent of 340 horsepower. Torque, meanwhile, is rated at 325 pound-feet.
For the moment, it is a rear-wheel drive vehicle, but Cadillac informs us that a 4-wheel drive version will soon be added to the range. Autonomy, meanwhile, is estimated at “more than 480 kilometers” by Cadillac. The Lyriq has not yet been subjected to EPA requirements. Recall that the Tesla Model Y Long Range deploys more than 500 kilometers with a battery with a capacity of only 75 kilowatt hours.
An internal 190 kilowatt charger will provide a range of 122 kilometers in just 10 minutes, provided you use a compatible charging station. Cadillac will also offer a Level 2 home charging station as an option.
Ready to assemble
Cadillac explained to us that the Lyriq will be assembled at its plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee, where General Motors has just injected $ 2 billion for the production of electric vehicles, then $ 2.3 billion for the production of batteries in partnership with LG.
Starting at $ 69,898, the Cadillac Lyriq is more affordable than an Audi e-tron and a Jaguar I-Pace, but doesn’t offer 4WD either. And it is not eligible for any government rebates for electric vehicles.
It is rather face to face with a Tesla Model Y in terms of price. However, the fact that the Tesla offers both all-wheel drive and greater range could put off some consumers.
But the Lyriq is a luxury vehicle to speak of, and looking at the images of the interior that the automaker has shared with us, it’s clear that it will be better put together than a Model Y. Even if it will take it. Put to the test to get the hang of it, the Lyriq features a modern design, incorporates premium materials and displays its on-board information through a 33-inch curved screen, similar to that of the Cadillac Escalade .
Several lighting effects have also been programmed to give the Lyriq a personalized and welcoming visual experience. Super Cruise Driver Assistance Technology , with Autonomous Lane Change System, will also be available as an option.
With models like this Lyriq, the new GMC Hummer EV lineup and the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV and EUV , it’s clear that the electric shift at General Motors is already well underway. We love what Cadillac has to offer with the Lyriq and can’t wait to put it to the test to give you our driving impressions.
Note, however, that when the Lyriq is marketed, several competing models will have been deployed, including the Mercedes-Benz EQB or the Audi Q4 e-tron . It will therefore be interesting to observe whether consumers will prioritize Cadillac’s electric vehicles over those of German brands.