Previewed back in March, to a limited number of journalists, the new luxury crossover represents the first time that Cadillac is venturing into the EV market, debuting the Cadillac Lyriq.
After some adversities and a delay, the car manufacturer finally took the wraps off the model and unveiled it to the public. But also stressed the fact that the luxury EV Cadillac Lyriq will not be available until late 2023.
The Lyriq comes in two drivetrain configurations: Performance All-Wheel-Drive and rear-wheel drive, and the EV model will use the new GM Ultium modular battery technology, designed for Level 2 and 150-kilowatt DC fast charging. With the Ultium battery, the Lyriq, according to Cadillac, will have a range of 300 miles, and it will be capable of a charging rate of up to 19 kW. It can recharge the Lyriq using Level 1, Level 2 AC technology, or DC Fast Charging from any available stations.
The modular battery system can which can provide anywhere from 50KwH to 200 KwH of power, and the same architecture will power the EV Hummer in the future.
Another notable aspect of the Lyriq is the fact that the center of gravity about 3.9 inches lower than the Cadillac XT5, helping with the handling of the vehicle. It also uses the same infotainment system as the 2021 Escalade, a 33″ OLED screen that offers, among others, the driver’s gauge. In addition, the Lyriq will be equipped with GM’s latest version of the SuperCruise driver-assist suite, which now includes automated lane changing.
“The LYRIQ represents the next iteration of the iconic brand’s styling, enabled by electrification, as only Cadillac can express. Inside and out, Lyriq is a thoughtful integration of design and technology and is intended to make every drive an occasion.”Andrew Smith, executive director, Global Cadillac Design