2023 Cadillac Lyriq entered regular production on 21, March. Back in November 2021, the process completed about 80%. We saw Cadillac Lyriq was rigorously traveling from the freezer to the furnace as part of its validation testing. Cadillac’s first electric vehicle, the Lyriq SUV, offers sharp styling and a modern cabin. Available in both single-motor rear-wheel drive and dual-motor all-wheel drive, the former is said to be offering up to 312 miles of range per charge. The car is designed from the ground up to be compatible with General Motors’ new scalable battery architecture that allows DC fast charging as well as standard in-home connections. Instead of going incredible performance, Lyriq’s road behavior is more focused on comfort, quietness, and luxury. The cabin is graciously designed and spacious enough for passengers, but the cargo space isn’t as generous as rival SUVs.
The difference between the regular version and the debut edition is just the price. The ones who reserved their Lyriq first got it at a bargain price of $59,990. The debut price was made attractive as this is Cadillac’s first EV, the plan was to modify the price for the vehicle lineup going forward. Starting this fall, Cadillac will only start to deliver the single motor in the rear, with an EPA-estimated range of 312 miles on a single charge with 340 hp and 440.64 Nm of torque. The color choices include the original Satin Steel Metallic and Stellar Black Metallic for the Debut Editions and with additional Opulent Blue Metallic and Crystal White Tricoat. It’s intended to go head to head with heavy contenders like the Audi e-Tron, Jaguar I-Pace, and Tesla Model X.
Battery & Performance
Lyriq will launch with a single motor config, with an RWD drivetrain. Producing 340 horsepower (254 kilowatts) and 325 pound-feet (440 Newton-meters) of torque. Cadillac Lyriq can go from 0-60 in under 4.0 seconds and has an estimated top speed of 145 mph which is insane. With this entry-level setup, acceleration is enough and responsive too. But it lacks the feeling of power one would enjoy in rival SUVs like the BMW iX and the Model X. A 500-hp dual-motor all-wheel drive powertrain is optional, adding a second motor at the front driving those wheels. The handling is stable and competent, it doesn’t deliver much fun when pressed hard. The steering weight is nice but lacks tactility and the same for the brake pedal. Cadillac has also engineered an aggressive regenerative braking system that allows for one-pedal driving.
|2023 Cadillac Lyriq Mileage||City||Highway|
|Cadillac Lyriq||92 MPGe||82 MPGe|
The Lyriq is EPA rated at 92 MPGe city and 82 MPGe highway. The battery offers 102.0-kWh worth of capacity and offers an estimated driving range of up to 312 miles per charge in the single-motor model. DC fast charging capability is standard but the Lyriq is also able to charge on home power outlets as well.
Dimensions, Space & Airbags
|2023 Cadillac Lyriq Dimensions|
|Cargo Volume||28 ft3|
The Lyriq’s dashboard is similar to the Escalade’s. Which is dominated by a giant, 33.0-inch curved advanced LED touchscreen serving both as the SUV’s infotainment system and the driver’s gauge display. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a Wi-Fi hotspot are all standard features. A rich-sounding 19-speaker stereo system from the high-end audio experts at AKG comes on all models.
|2023 Cadillac Lyriq Pricing||Price (USD)|
|Single Motor RWD||$62,990|
|Dual Motor AWD||$64,990|
The base price was an attractive $59,990 for the single-motor Debut Edition model. Which has limited options, but that model is sold out. So instead we’d recommend going for the 500-hp Dual Motor AWD model which also houses a 3500-pound towing capacity.