2023 Cadillac Lyriq shines brightly and begins model’s electrical slide from $59,990

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The highly anticipated launch date of the Cadillac Lyriq 2023 is getting closer, with the launch date for the electric SUVs being postponed by nine months to the first quarter of 2022 vehicles in Los Angeles.

The battery-electric crossover was teased in concept form for the first time last summer, and we are pleased to report that the production version looks almost identical to the striking show car. On display was a “first edition” Lyriq (although this name has not yet been finalized), when it debuts the SUV will only be offered in this configuration. One of the only options is the 22-inch ($ 1,550) wheels shown here, and it only comes with a gray Sky Cool interior at launch (a black option will follow later in the year).

2023 Cadillac Lyriq

2023 Cadillac Lyriq

2023 Cadillac Lyriq

The Lyriq lights up, a byproduct of the 736 LEDs that grace the exterior of the vehicle. Something is glowing everywhere, from the cool minimalist version of the Cadillac badge, where the color has been removed in favor of the light, to the black polycarbonate grille with numerous splinters of light framing the sides and bottom. The taillights wrap around the rear of the Lyriq, crawl up to the D-pillar and also give it an optical signature from the side. Instead of the traditional headlight, nine individual LEDs are stacked on the front of the Lyriq, the top three on each side forming the high beam and the bottom six the low beam. The colors are limited, Satin Steel Metallic or Stellar Black Metallic will be the only two colors available at launch.

The Lyriq is a preview of what’s to come, its design language with tight lines, clean surfaces and a distinctive grille is for future Cadillac EVs coming very soon. A flagship electric sedan named Celestiq is in the works, and we also know three other electric caddies in the pipeline, including an Escalade-inspired model.

2023 Cadillac Lyriq

2023 Cadillac Lyriq

Cadillac also confirmed powertrain details. For most of its first year of operation, the Lyriq is only offered with rear-wheel drive and the 12-module 100-kilowatt-hour battery. The single rear engine will produce 340 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque, and Cadillac’s estimated range will be over 300 miles. With high-speed charging, owners should be able to add 76 miles of range in 10 minutes (at 190 kilowatts) and charge up to 80% of the battery in 30 minutes (at 150 kW). All-wheel drive will be available at the end of 2022 and has a dual-motor system.

The showpiece of the Lyriq is a 33-inch curved display that combines the instrument cluster and the infotainment screen. Unlike other large screens in other models (Mercedes), this is all a screen behind a single pane of glass. The functionality is similar to the Cadillac Escalade, but the presentation here is much cleaner and more futuristic with its seamless look.

2023 Cadillac Lyriq

2023 Cadillac Lyriq

2023 Cadillac Lyriq

2023 Cadillac Lyriq

Instead of leather, the upholstery on the Lyriq uses Cadillac’s synthetic Inteluxe upholstery, and whether you opt for the gray interior or the upcoming black interior, both use this fabric. The seats themselves are very comfortable and offer a lot of support for your back and legs. The controls for the seat adjustment have been moved up to the doors (a la Mercedes), which, according to Cadillac, enabled larger storage compartments in the doors. At the bottom, where a traditional gear lever would sit, there is also a large storage space that can easily fit a large handbag.

In terms of size, the Lyriq is somewhere between the XT5 and the three-row XT6. The back seat feels particularly spacious, with plenty of leg and headroom. Behind the rear seats is 28.0 cubic feet of cargo space, which expands to 60.8 cubic feet with the seats folded. Two buttons in the cargo area lower the seats, but have to be raised manually.

The latest version of the hands-free driver assistance function Super Cruise from General Motors will be standard. An AKG sound system with 19 speakers should delight audiophiles, while a new noise-canceling system will ensure a quiet driving experience.

The Lyriq is based on GM’s third generation electric vehicle platform known as Ultium. The platform will spawn dozens of EVs spanning GM’s brand portfolio, with the first, the 2022 GMC Hummer EV, set to go into production this fall. The Lyriq was originally scheduled to go into production in late 2022, but will arrive early due to the flexibility of the Ultium platform and new virtual tests. Production takes place in a facility in Spring Hill, Tennessee.

2023 Cadillac Lyriq

2023 Cadillac Lyriq

2023 Cadillac Lyriq

2023 Cadillac Lyriq

2023 Cadillac Lyriq

2023 Cadillac Lyriq

2023 Cadillac Lyriq

2023 Cadillac Lyriq

Cadillac has confirmed that prices will start at $ 59,990, including the destination, in line with former brand boss Steve Carlisle’s promise when unveiling the concept of a starting price below $ 60,000. Even without a federal tax credit, this offers the Lyriq an excellent price-performance ratio. The 2021 Audi E-Tron starts at $ 66,995 and doesn’t offer nearly the same comfortable cabin size or interior, while the 2021 Tesla Model X, which we wouldn’t really call a luxury vehicle, starts at $ 91,190.

Cadillac will be accepting reservations for the Lyriq 2023 starting September 18 at 4:00 p.m. ET.

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