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Cadillac plans to become a fully electric brand by 2035, so expect to see a slew of new EVs from the luxury carmaker over the next few years. The first of these new models, the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq SUV, debuted last summer in concept form. Cadillac has now showed off the production Lyriq, complete with pricing, performance, and range estimate. On first glance, the Lyriq looks ready to shake up the luxury EV market when it enters production next year.
At launch, the Lyriq will come in just one flavor, riding on the General Motors rear-wheel-drive Ultium Platform. It will feature a 12-module, 100-kilowatt-hour battery pack providing 340 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque with a 300-mile estimated driving range. Cadillac promises that an all-wheel-drive performance model will arrive later on, and a high-performance V variant is being considered.
The Lyriq will offer some of the most advanced charging features available on the market. On a DC fast charger with 190 kW, owners can add an estimated 76 miles of range in about 10 minutes or up to 195 miles of range in 30 minutes. This insanely quick charging is possible courtesy of a segment-leading 19.2 kW charging module, which will only come on the Lyriq First Release Edition. Vehicles equipped with this module can add 52 miles per hour on a 240-volt charger, while the standard model can charge up to 31 miles per hour.
Cadillac was so pleased with the reception of the show car, it wanted to put the Lyriq into production with minimal modifications. To that end, the production car is nearly indistinguishable from the concept shown last year. In fact, the only changes are new door constructions, regular side mirrors, and slightly smaller 20-inch split six-spoke alloy wheels as standard or optional 22-inch dynamic split-spoke reverse rim wheels. Cadillac will offer the production Lyriq in only two colors: Satin Steel Metallic or Stellar Black Metallic.
"We wanted to give the vehicle a face, making sure it looks distinctly Cadillac," said Andrew Smith, executive director of Cadillac Design. The car features signature vertical lighting with eye-popping welcome choreography that activates when you approach it.
"The objective I gave my team was to design the Lyriq with the level of detail that they would a show car. The customer should feel like they're driving in the future," he added.
Inside, the production Lyriq looks nearly identical to the show car. Practicality has been improved though, with the customer version now housing five seats instead of four and two cupholders upfront rather than one. Futuristic details like the 33-inch-diagonal advanced LED display with over one billion colors, next-generation Active Noise Cancellation, AKG Studio 19-speaker audio system, KeyPass digital vehicle access, and SuperCruise hands-free driving are available. As with the exterior, the cabin will only come in two colors: Sky Cool Gray or Noir (black).
Cadillac says the 2023 Lyriq will enter production in late Q1 2022, nine months earlier than initially promised. Order books will open this September, with pricing starting at $59,990. More information about trim levels and packages should arrive closer to that time. The starting price instantly makes the Cadillac Lyriq comparable to other luxury EV crossovers such as the Audi e-tron, Jaguar I-Pace, and even the Tesla Model Y.