Sub-Lyriq Cadillac L232 electric crossover expected in 2023

Update: Updated the “Release Date” section with information about the possible production site.

Cadillac may have launched the Lyriq SUV and confirmed the Celestiq sedan as part of its EV roadmap, but they’re just the beginning of what’s to come from this transformative automaker. Automotive News reported on March 12, 2022 that the brand showed a photo of a new and upcoming Cadillac electric crossover to dealers at a conference. Since then, new details have emerged about the brand’s entry-level EV, which has also entered the road testing phase.

Possible names

A report published by auto.ifeng.com on April 15, 2022 suggests that Cadillac’s future electric SUV to be placed under the Lyriq will be codenamed “Cadillac L232.” In 2021, the American brand trademarked names such as Cadillac Vistiq, Cadillac Ascendiq, Cadillac Lumistiq and Cadillac Optiq – the terminology with the letters ‘IQ’ indicates electric propulsion. Cadillac’s electric crossover should be given one of the aforementioned names, with official confirmation pending.

Design

Road testing of the future Cadillac electric SUV positioned below the Lyriq has begun, Autoblog revealed on August 3, 2022 with spy photos. Although the first prototype is completely camouflaged, it revealed quite a few exterior details.

TopElectricSUV’s rendition of the Cadillac electric crossover draws inferences from full-body prototypes recently tested.

Like the Lyriq, the L232 has a low bonnet, steeply raked windshield and rear window, vertical headlamps, smooth covered panel instead of traditional grille, slim greenhouse, thick C-pillar and short overhangs. Similarly, in the left side panel is the charging port. The bonnet and greenhouse of the future model are shorter and the slope of the roofline is more subtle.

The images above and below show our take on the rumored compact electric SUV from Cadillac. We’ve packed Cadillac’s design language for EVs into smaller dimensions. The striking front with the black crystal grille, ultra-thin LED daytime running lights and vertical headlights make a bold statement and immediately let onlookers know it’s a Cadillac EV.

Cadillac Electric Compact SUV L232 Red View
The Cadillac L232, while smaller than the Lyriq, is likely to have a striking appearance, very different from its competitors, thanks to Cadillac’s new bold design language.

It’s likely that the Cadillac L232 will have more than a few things in common with the Chevrolet Blazer EV, similar to the Honda Prologue and the Acura ZDX. The Blazer EV is officially expected to deliver up to 320 miles of range and the same can be expected from the Cadillac EV, which would enjoy a premium positioning despite its smaller size.

Specifications

As evidenced by the spy media, the Cadillac L232 will be a lot smaller than the Lyriq. According to the auto.ifeng.com report, the L232 will be 4,820mm long, 1,912mm wide and 1,619mm high. The wheelbase will be 2,954 mm (116.3 in) long. Due to its smaller dimensions, it will be aimed at younger customers. The dedicated EV platform (a scaled-down version of the Lyriq’s BEV3) would mean there’s no transmission tunnel, leaving that area free for additional cabin space.

Aspect Cadillac Lyriq Cadillac L232
Length 196.7 inches. 189.8 inches.
Width 77.8 inches 75.3 inches
Height 63.9 inches 63.7 inches
wheelbase 121.8 inches 116.3 inches
Cadillac L232 and Lyriq dimensions compared (Sources: GM and auto.ifeng.com)

Ultium-based

Details are sparse about the powertrain of Cadillac’s upcoming electric crossover. However, we can safely assume that it will be powered by GM’s Ultium propulsion systems. Expect the specs to be a step down from the Lyriq, which comes with a single-engine powertrain producing 340 horsepower and 325 lb-ft. torque and will later become available with a two-motor powertrain.

In China, according to the auto.ifeng.com report, the L232 will be an AWD model available with 68.7 kWh and 80 kWh battery pack options and an energy consumption of 12.7 kWh/100 km (12.7 kWh/ 62 miles).

At the Cadillac dealers

According to Automotive News, US dealers have responded positively to Cadillac’s small electric crossover. In a related development, Cadillac has asked dealers to either commit to the transition to electric vehicles by investing in infrastructure and training, or to stop doing business with the brand. This has taken its toll on the network, with the number of dealers dropping from 900+ to around 560 in the United States.

Publication date

Rory Harvey, vice president of Cadillac, has told Fox Business that Cadillac EVs cheaper than the Lyriq will arrive “soon.” More affordable zero-emission Cadillac EVs are “not that far off,” he said. Maybe Cadillac will get the smaller SUV from the Ramos Arizpe Assembly in Mexico, which it will exports factory-made EVs to 45 countries from 2023. The auto.ifeng.com report suggests that the Cadillac will launch the L232 before the end of 2023. Could production start in the second half of next year?

TopElectricSUV says

Not all Cadillac aspirants can afford a Lyriq, nor do they need such a large vehicle. Customers looking for a zero-emission luxury electric SUV that is affordable or smaller will find the Cadillac L232 suitable. While it’s American-made like the Tesla Model Y, it should have good build quality that matches customer expectations of luxury vehicles. With a base price of approximately USD 55,000, the mini Lyriq is likely to attract many new young customers looking for their first luxury vehicle to the brand.

Featured image source: TopElectricSUV.com’s illustration of the Cadillac L232 electric SUV.

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