More details of 2023 Cadillac Lyriq revealed, including price and charging speed
The 2023 Cadillac Lyriq was shown for the first time last year with plenty of teasing to go along with the information regarding its battery electric powertrain. Now the automaker is showing off more of the SUV, including its interior, and revealing more about the crossover's powertrain.
The 2023 Lyriq rides on Cadillac's rear-wheel drive Ultium platform. It's a few inches wider and longer than the 2021 Lexus RX 350, but its wheelbase is considerably longer 109 inches vs. 121 inches) becuase of the lack of limitations with an electric powertrain. The Lyriq bests the interior dimensions of the RX everywhere except in the hip-room category where its front and rear seat fall short by more than an inch.
The Lyriq weighs about as much as a Mercedes-Benz GLS.
Powering the Lyriq is a 12-module, 100 kilowatt-hour battery pack. Cadillac estimates that the car will deliver 340 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque, making it slightly more powerful than the 2021 Cadillac XT5. The automaker figures that the pack will allow for over 300 miles of all-electric range with a full charge.
Initial information shows that all-wheel drive will not be available.
The Lyriq is able to charge at DC fast charing stations at a rate of up to 190 kilowatts. That enables it to add 76 miles of range in abut 10 minutes and 195 miles of range in 30 minutes when charging in optimal conditions. For home charging, Lyriq is able to charge at a rate of 19.2 kilowatts, which allows it to add up to 52 miles of range per hour of charge. Trickle charging will yield a gain of 3.5 miles of ranger per hour of charge time.
Cadillac engineers have given the Lyric Regen on Demand technology, which allows drivers to control how quickly the Lyriq slows down or comes to a complete stop during a pressure-sensitive paddle on the steering wheel.
The car's black crystal grille and long lighting blades give the car unique features and tie it in with the Cadillac family's looks.
A long list of standard and available features has been revealed for the model. The roster includes: Super Cruise, 33-inch LED display, active noise cancellation technology, LED headlamps with a choreographed lighting sequence, a 19-speaker AKG sound system, KeyPass digital vehicle access, dual level charging cord, 20-inch six-spoke alloy wheels, and 22-inch dynamic split-spoke Reverse Rim alloy wheels.
The car's standard 20-inch wheels come wrapped in all-season, self-sealing tires. The available 22-inchers get all-season, low-profile, self-sealing tires.
Only two exterior paint colors are available: Satin Steel Metallic and Stellar Black Metallic. Interior color schemes include Sky Cool Gray and Noir.
The interior of the Lyriq is very similar to that of the Escalade. Like its big brother, the Lyriq has a large, curved screen that spans half the dashboard.
With its rear seat folded, the Lyriq has about twice the cargo space as the Lexus RX. Behind the rear seat, the Lyriq bests the RX's cargo space by 12 cubic feet.
The 2023 Cadillac LYRIQ is expected to go into production in the first quarter of 2022, with pricing starting at $59,9907. It will be produced at GM's Spring Hill, Tennessee assembly plant.