A closer look inside Cadillac’s first-ever electric car

Cadillac is one of the few brands still producing hefty V8-powered machines with luxurious interiors, such as the new, nearly 700-horsepower V-Series Cadillac Escalade, while spending a lot of money developing the Blackwing turbo V8. But the luxury automaker would be remiss if an electric vehicle wasn’t in the mix.

That’s where the new Lyriq comes in, Cadillac’s first-ever all-electric vehicle unveiled in mid-2020; a crossover that the company hopes will mark a turning point toward a more successful future for the legendary luxury automaker.

Here we take a closer look at the interior of the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq – from the massive 33-inch cabin screen and seating arrangement, to the cargo area and some key interior features.

Seating

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2023 Cadillac LYRIQ Interior Rear Seat in Sky Cool Gray
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Although the two-row Lyriq can seat five passengers, at 196.7 inches it is only two inches shorter than the XT6 (Cadillac’s three-row crossover). Legroom of 39.6 inches in the rear and increased toe space under the front seats provide additional seating comfort.

Such a spacious interior space is perfect for a group of four to enjoy a weekend getaway. All seats are provisionally equipped with synthetic leather. Cadillac plans to offer genuine examples in the future. Buyers can order the interior in Sky Cool Gray or Noir.

Inner dimensions and specifications (in inches):

Main room For 38.6; Behind 37.7
Legroom Front, maximum 41.4; Rear 39.6
shoulder room For 58.9; Rear 58.6
Hip room For 56.5; Behind 54.0

Super cruise

While we don’t have full details on standard and optional safety and convenience features, we can confirm that the Lyriq EV will be accessible with the Super Cruise driver assistance system. It will give owners of the Lyriq self-driving capability on more than 200,000 miles of shared highways in the United States. An augmented reality head-up display is also part of the package.

33-inch OLED screen

The interior of the LYRIQ is sleek and simple with a focus on secondary
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The main highlight of the sleek and high-tech design is a huge 33-inch diagonal advanced LED screen (capable of displaying more than a billion colors) with two screens. It starts behind the wheel and extends to the center of the dashboard.

The screen behind the steering will serve as an instrument panel to display information about various vehicle functions, while the touchscreen on the center console will perform infotainment tasks. Cadillac offers the same type of screen for the 2021 Escalade that users can also manage via a click wheel on the center console. Below the display, HVAC controls are placed next to a single horizontal strip casually facing the driver.

infotainment

The infotainment system uses Google Built-In, consisting of native Google Maps, voice assistant and some other applications. The Lyriq entertains occupants through a 19-speaker AKG sound system with headrest speakers. In addition, the owners can start, open and lock the Lyriq with a digital key on their phone.

More cabin amenities

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LYRIQ's door interiors accentuate intricate laser-etched patterns
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The steering wheel is three-spoke and has buttons on both sides to manage the speaker, volume, Bluetooth and other infotainment functions. The center console design divides it into two parts; the one next to the driver has the gear selector, while the other has two cup holders. Thanks to the innovative noise-cancelling system, the Lyriq is a very quiet vehicle that prevents road and ambient noise from entering the cabin.

The best part of Lyriq’s design is the attention to detail. For example, we see a complex laser-cut design through wood over a metal rim. It is a first of its kind from any automaker.

Passenger and cargo volume

The interior of the LYRIQ is sleek and simple with a focus on secondary
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Cadillac confirms that the five-seat Lyriq comes with 105 cubic feet of total passenger volume. The Lyriq offers 28 cubic feet of cargo capacity with the rear seats intact, which owners can expand to 60.8 cubic feet by folding flat.

Love the feature-rich Cadillac crossover SUV? Order books are open, asking for a minimum of $62,990 (including a $1,195 destination surcharge) for the 340-horsepower rear-wheel-drive single-engine variant. The four-wheel drive model with 500 horsepower and up to 3,500 lbs towing capacity is priced at $64,990.

Here’s a closer look at the electric range of the 2023 Lyriq.

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