The Lyriq is Cadillac’s first EV and an attempt to get a slice of the huge “electric SUV” pie. To think about it, the Lyriq is basically a lost product. It is entering a segment that is relentless and has multiple competitors offering value for money. The Lyriq should maintain its badge rating, which could dilute if the EV is priced low. But with a car priced around $63,000, you have plenty of other better options. That said, is the Lyriq a bad product? Well, it doesn’t look like what Cadillac has told us so far. While all the details are yet to be revealed, here’s what we know so far about the 2024 Cadillac Lyriq.
10/10 An expensive electric crossover
Cadillac’s first all-electric car isn’t cheap by any means. The Lyriq is offered in two configurations: single-engine, RWD version and twin-engine AWD. The Cadillac Lyriq price is tagged at $62,990 for the RWD model and $64,990 for the AWD version. With optional accessories, packages, and expensive features available like SuperCruise and a top-spec 19-speaker sound system, the Lyriq’s price will go north of $75,000 in the blink of an eye. The only saving grace is that the Lyriq qualifies for a federal tax credit, which can effectively lower the price by up to $7,500.
There’s no word yet on the equipment line, but it will reportedly follow the same names as the XT4 and XT5. This means that there will be luxury, premium luxury and sport versions. There may also be Platinum versions of the mid and top spec, but we’ll have to wait for Cadillac to shed some light on it.
9/10 The Lyriq will be available in RWD and AWD configurations
The 2024 Lyriq will be offered in two lineups: single and twin engine. As standard, the Lyriq will have a single engine mounted on the rear axle, putting out 325 horses and 340 pound-feet of torque. The dual-engine, four-wheel drive lineup will be performance oriented and will be unveiled in due course. Expect about 500 horses in that configuration. Based on the Ultium Battery Platform, the Lyriq achieves an almost 50/50 weight distribution and a low center of gravity. The EV will come with a five-link front and rear suspension that allows for independent tuning. A drive mode selector will also be present, with four modes on offer – Tour, Snow/Ice, Sport, and a custom ‘My Mode’.
8/10 Ultium Battery Platform with 312 Mile Range
This isn’t exactly groundbreaking, but it’s not hugely impressive either. The EV comes with the Ultium battery system, which will be seen on several EVs in GM’s range. The Hummer EV also comes with the Ultium batteries. These are basically pocket style cells that can be packed into the battery pack horizontally or vertically. Depending on the application, the battery can accommodate eight to 24 modules in a single or double layer.
The Lyriq comes with eight such modules, each with a capacity of 8.5 kWh. This means that the Lyriq’s total battery capacity will be 102 kWh. For a battery this large, 312 miles is much less, as it brings efficiency to about three miles per kWh. And mind you, the 312 estimate is for the RWD model. The heavier, more powerful AWD Lyriq can handle a range of 25-30 miles, meaning you’re looking under 300 miles on a full charge.
7/10 Fast Charging – 116 miles in 10 minutes
The Lyriq supports level 2 home charging, which adds a range of 52 miles when plugged in for an hour. This is if you have a 19.2 kW public or home charger plugged in and only applies to rear wheel drive models. With the 11.5 kW charger you can drive up to 60 kilometers if it is charged for an hour. The Lyriq comes standard with a 7.7 kW dual-level charging cable that will add a 30-mile range on the AWD models and a 21-mile range on RWD Lyriqs.
The Cadillac EV also supports DC fast charging up to 190 kW. When plugged into a DC fast charging station for just 10 minutes, it gets up to 116 miles of range on both the RWD and AWD Lyriqs.
6/10 Smart-looking and unmistakable Cadillac
Cadillac’s designs are bold and aggressive, but they don’t offend anyone. They’re not blatantly like the Lexuses and the BMWs, but they’re not too ordinary either—Jane and vanilla. The Lyriq is designed along the same lines and I think it’s pretty smart, for example. The LED projector headlights and the illuminated Black Crystal Shield dominate the front. The face is a little too busy, but you can’t confuse it with anything other than a modern Cadillac. It is currently available in four exterior colors: Satin Steel Metallic, Stellar Black Metallic, Opulent Blue Metallic and Crystal White Tricoat.
The rear also has some wild accents, with LED taillights extending into the C-pillar almost touching the roof. The vertical reflectors on the bumper mimic the headlights and are typical of Cadillac. It is by no means a small vehicle; it measures 196.7 inches long and 63.9 inches high, while the wheelbase is 121.8 inches long. The Lyriq will run on 20-inch wheels as standard, but a 22-inch set will also be available. The electric vehicle will have a fully sloping glass roof with an electric sunshade that can be adjusted to suit your needs. There’s another nice touch here to reveal the charging port, which can be accessed by pressing the Cadillac decal near the steering wheel.
5/10 No frunk and tight space
Yes, you read that right. The 2023 Lyriq doesn’t come with a frunk at all. A trunk in the front is a given in EVs, but the Lyriq doesn’t offer one, and the reason behind it is to make the rear storage space as large as possible rather than splitting it in half. Not sure how well that turned out, because the rear cargo area doesn’t make up for it either. With all the seats in place, the Lyriq offers only 28 cubic feet of space, which is average for a vehicle of this size. Fold down the back row and you have 61 cubic feet at your disposal. To give you some perspective, its main rival, the Audi E-Tron SUV, comes with a frunk and also offers 28.5 cubic feet of space behind the back seat.
4/10 A technically heavy interior with a 33-inch screen
A single case with multiple screens in it is the latest craze in premium cars, and the Lyriq is no exception. The Escalade can be credited with making this a mainstream trend that has since spilled over to smaller and cheaper cars as well. While the SUV has a 38-inch OLED display made up of 7.2, 14.2 and 16.9-inch screens, the Lyriq has a slightly toned-down 33-inch display. Cadillac hasn’t given up on the split, but this is a curved screen that faces slightly towards the driver. If you are someone who likes big screens on the dashboard, this can impress you. It comes with built-in Google, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and active noise cancellation thanks to the AKG Sound system and acoustically laminated glass. For you audiophiles, the Lyriq will also be available with a 19-speaker, AKG audio system. To top it off, Cadillac will offer the 2024 Lyriq with SuperCruise driver assistance technology.
3/10 A plush cabin to justify the high price
Like most tech-savvy cars, even the basic features have gotten advanced for no reason. Opening the glove compartment, for example, is a three-step process on the touchscreen and can leave you frustrated more often than not. Fortunately, Cadillac has kept some buttons and knobs for the HVAC controls and seat settings.
Two interior themes will be offered initially: Noir Perforated Inteluxe trim and Sky Cool Gray Perforated Inteluxe, both with illuminated Dark Ash Cluster open-pore trim. Overall, from the looks of it, the Cadillac Lyriq’s interior appears luxurious and features premium material all around.
2/10 Impressive security suite
As standard, the Lyriq comes with Cadillac Smart System with safety features such as:
– Automatic emergency braking
– Forward Collision Alert
– Braking for pedestrians
– Safety warning seat
– Rear parking aid
– HD rear view camera
– Vehicle diagnosis
– Teen Driver
– Back seat reminder
There are some optional safety and driver assistance features that can be yours if you’re willing to pay a little extra:
– Emergency braking
– Blind zone steering assistant
– Pedestrian braking with bicycle detection
– Adaptive cruise control
– HD Surround Vision
– Cross-Traffic Rear Brakes
– Reverse automatic braking warning for cyclists
1/10 Deliveries start in 2023
The Cadillac Lyriq is currently only available for pre-order. The automaker noted that first deliveries are expected to begin in the spring of 2023.
Q: How much does a Cadillac Lyriq cost?
The Cadillac Lyriq starts at $60,990 for the single-motor RWD model and $64,990 for the two-motor AWD configuration.
Q: Is Cadillac Lyriq available now?
[The Cadillac Lyriq can be pre-ordered.->https://www.cadillac.com/electric/lyriq/order-yours] straight away. Deliveries are expected to start in the spring of 2023.
Q: How fast is the Cadillac Lyriq?
The top speed of the Cadillac Lyriq is 118 mph for the rear-wheel drive model and 210 mph for the four-wheel drive model.
Q: How far can the Cadillac Lyriq go on a charge?
The Cadillac Lyriq comes with an EPA-estimated range of 312 miles. This is for the RWD model, meaning the AWD model has a range of about 25-30 miles less than the RWD Lyriq, so less than 300 miles.