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New Cadillac Lyriq electric SUV teased ahead of April 2 debut

Cadillac is already showing some of the Lyriq's sides.

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General Motors is calling the forthcoming Cadillac Lyriq the "first-ever Cadillac EV electric crossover vehicle". It's expected to beat the all-electric Cadillac Escalade to market.

Its name is a step away from the alphanumeric nomenclature Cadillac has used on sedans and SUVs in recent history.

The model has design lines borrowed from the Escala concept, which debuted at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, as well as a front end and side design lines that are a bold take on the body of the Chevrolet Blazer.

2021 Cadillac Lyriq The model features design that is modern but reminiscent to the Chevrolet Blazer.Photo courtesy of Cadillac

As pictured, at the front is a modified grille area featuring two large air intakes on the sides flanked by long LED fog lamps, and a larger air intake down below.

Cadillac badging is placed below the steep hood at the center while headlamps are long slivers right in line with the hood latch. The badging illuminates.

Because the EV doesn't require the mechanics of a traditional internal combustion engine, it is likely that under the hood is a front trunk (frunk).

The crossover has a fastback-esque roofline and small side mirrors.

Based on the images shared by Cadillac, the SUV looks to be a two-row model.

All in all, it's a relatively typical crossover design.

The Lyriq is built on the new General Motors electric vehicle platform that debuted this week. The platform is capable of working with front-, rear-, and all-wheel drive vehicles.

Cadillac recently announced that an all-electric version of the Escalade is planned and will arrive before 2025. There is no official word on when the Lyriq will make it to dealerships, but the chances are sooner rather than later.

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The 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander will be unveiled in February.

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The redesigned 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander will fully break cover in a few weeks. Ahead of that, the automaker has published new video showing the SUV undergoing final tuning and testing in a variety of landscapes.

For the 2022 model year, the Outlander is getting a complete revision marking the beginning of the fourth generation of the vehicle. The third-gen Outlander debuted in 2012 and was updated in 2015 and 2018.

Expect the Outlander to be offered with available all-wheel drive when it arrives on dealer lots later this year. The final calibrations the company is testing currently were developed specifically for severe weather and road conditions.

Mitsubishi promises that the new Outlander will be bigger than its predecessor. It will also feature looks that make it bolder including high-riding daytime running lights that look like eyebrows on the front of the car, headlights that emphasize the width of the auto, and a more upright grille. These looks are similar to what Mitsubishi's Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance partner Nissan has introduced on its 2021 Rogue and 2022 Ariya.

Mitsubishi says that the SUV's all-wheel drive technology is helped along by the company's years of experience competing in the deserts of Dakar and the world's rally circuits. It builds on the heritage of the Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero. The company relays that the new Outlander will "deliver the highest level of maneuverability and superb driving performance."

"We took everything we know about on- and off-road driving from the rally experiences to apply the latest Super All-Wheel Control technology in our newly developed platform," said Kentaro Honda, segment chief vehicle engineer for the Outlander. "We also specifically developed a new drive mode selector to provide confident driving at all times and in all weather conditions. We hope that many customers will have great experiences with the enhanced driving performance of the all-new Outlander."

2022 Mitsubishi Outlander

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Buick has redesigned their flagship Enclave model for the 2022 model year.

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A more aggressive body design is on tap for the 2022 Buick Enclave. The model, which has undergone a complete redesign, was shown this week ahead of a full debut.

The body of the 2022 Enclave features piercing LED headlights with an LED light signature. Fog lights dominate the lower front fascia while the clamshell of the hood closes further down the face, presumably to enhance aerodynamics. Sculputed body panels emphasize the length and stance of the three-row SUV.

Hard plastic, which typically serves as a sensor panel for safety technology, is not shown on the grille of this model, meaning that the technology may continue to be concealed in the Buick's front emblem.

2022 Buick Enclave Avenir The 2022 Buick Enclave Avenir will ride on new wheels and have a fresh back end design.Photo courtesy of Buick

2022 Buick Enclave Avenir

Chrome accents feature heavily on the Enclave, which is shown in the top-tier Avenir trim level. The model also wears a new wheel design.

New taillight design goes further to emphasize the width of the seven-seat Enclave.

Engine and transmission information has yet to be revealed. The 2021 Enclave comes standard with front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive is available. Buick has made the 2021 model capable of towing up to 5,000 pounds. It is expected that the 2022 model will follow in those footsteps.

Though not shown in the photos released by Buick, the Enclave is expected to have a more refined interior. It's not unreasonable to assume that they model will include the over 10-inch infotainment touch screen that made its debut in the 2021 Buick Envision, as well as diamond-quilted leather upholstery, massaging seat functionality, and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

It's also possible that the model will get GM's Super Cruise hands-free driving functionality, which is being expanded throughout the lineup.

Pricing for the model has yet to be announced. The 2021 Enclave is listed with a starting MSRP of $41,195 with the destination and delivery charging included and tops out just over $57,000.

The 2022 Buick Enclave will go on sale later this year.

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