Electric Vehicles

New Cadillac Lyriq electric SUV teased ahead of April 2 debut

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

Photo courtesy of Cadillac

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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Electric sports car

Porsche Taycan has outsold the 911 in 2021

The Taycan has outsold a few Porsche models so far this year.

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The Porsche Taycan is an impressive EV with speed and build quality to shame almost anything else on the road. As we learned from Porsche today, those attributes resonated with buyers, as the Taycan outsold the Porsche 911 during the first nine months of 2021.

Porsche Taycan The Taycan's steep starting price doesn't seem like much of a sticking point for buyers.Porsche

Yes, the electric car that starts at almost $83,000 outsold the most iconic sports car of all time. However, Porsche's had a good year, and it's not all thanks to the Taycan. In today's SUV-crazed world, it's not surprising to see that the Cayenne is still Porsche's most popular model. The automaker sold 62,451 of its flagship SUV in the first nine months of the year. The Macan sold a respectable 61,944.

Now, consider that the Taycan – a brand new, expensive, all-electric car – sold almost half as many units as those two iconic SUVs. Further cementing its place in the Porsche lineup, the car outsold the 911 by almost 700 units and decimated sales of the 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman, which combined sold 15,916 units. The Panamera, which offers a similar body style to the Taycan, sold 20,275.

Porsche SUVs The Cayenne and Macan both sold very well.Porsche

Porsche has had a good year in all markets it serves, but the U.S. market showed the strongest sales growth, climbing to 51,615 vehicles sold in the first nine months of the year. That's a 30 percent jump from 2020, and the rest of North America was just as strong with a combined 29 percent increase in growth. China did the most to propel Porsche's sales skyward, with almost 70,000 cars sold there.

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The Bronze Edition model builds on the XLE trim.

Toyota

The Toyota Highlander entered its fourth generation for the 2020 model year, which brought sleek style, updated tech, and a premium-look interior. A new XSE trim joined the lineup for 2021, and for 2022, Toyota is adding a new hybrid-only Bronze Edition trim.

2022 Toyota Highlander Bronze Edition The Bronze Edition adds useful features, such as a hands-free power liftgate.toyota

The new Bronze Edition Highlander builds on the XLE trim with:

  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Digital rearview mirror
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • Memory driver's seat with 10-way power adjustments
  • Hands-free power liftgate

Toyota notes that the Bronze Edition previews features that will show up with the greater 2022 Highlander release. Among them are the new Wind Chill Pearl color, which replaces Blizzard Pearl from the previous model, and height/tilt passenger seat adjustments.

2022 Toyota Highlander Bronze Edition The Highlander is a supremely comfortable SUV with room for the family.Toyota

The Highlander carries on into 2022 with a standard 3.5-liter V6 that makes 295 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque. It's paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and either front- or all-wheel drive. A Highlander Hybrid is available, which mates a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with two electric motors. Combined system output is 243 horsepower. With the V6 on board, the Highlander can tow up to 5,000 pounds.

2022 Toyota Highlander Bronze Edition The Bronze Edition is available for Highlander Hybrid models.Toyota

All 2022 Highlander models get Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+, which includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, road sign assist, full-speed adaptive cruise control, lane departure alerts, lane tracing assist, a sway warning system, and automatic high beams. Those features and the Highlander's excellent crash testing scores were good enough for the SUV to earn a Top Safety Pick + designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

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