That's more than a base Escalade.
The 2024 Cadillac Lyriq recently debuted with new trim levels, colors, and luxury equipment. The configurator has also gone live, allowing hopeful Lyriq owners to design their ideal electric crossover.
With the aim of building the most expensive trim possible, we've sprung for the newly-introduced Sport which has a base MSRP of $61,795. This range-topping grade receives unique exterior touches, such as body-colored door handles, an illuminated front grille, and Obsidian chrome finishes.
Selecting an all-wheel-drive setup commands a $3,500 premium. This variant produces 500 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque and is capable of covering an estimated 307 miles of range on a full charge.
Three sub-trim packages are available for the Sport. Depending on your budget and needs, you can select from Sport 1, Sport 2, and Sport 3. The first tier includes a heated steering wheel and adaptive cruise control.
The mid-spec Sport 2 receives all the standard features of Sport 1 but also adds Super Cruise, an AKG 19-speaker sound system, and active noise cancellation. The cream of the crop is the Sport 3 derivative, which ships standard with all the aforementioned goodies, 22-inch wheels, rear heated outboard seats, tri-zone climate control, and more.
Naturally, we've gone for the Sport 3, which elevates the price to $73,195. Eight exterior colors are up for grabs, with Argent Silver being the only no-cost option. Emerald Lake, Nimbus, Stellar Black, Celestial, and Opulent Blue require an additional $625.
Emerald Lake and Opulent Blue are particularly alluring, but we've gone for Radiant Red Tintcoat. This scarlet shade and Crystal White Tricoat are the only two colors that are priced at $1,225.
For the Lyriq Sport with the Sport 3 sub-trim, there's just one wheel option. Thankfully, it's a good one, and the 22-inch Dynamic Split Spoke wheels with an After Midnight finish looks great.
Moving inside, the tastefully designed interior is available in four hues. This includes Noir (black) and Sky Cool Gray, both of which have Santorini Blue accents. Oxford Stone and Juniper are also available. However, if you opt for the $3,990 Nappa Leather package, you can only choose from the last two. Interestingly, choosing Juniper forces you to remove the red exterior paint.
In terms of options, buyers can select from a panoramic sunroof ($1,600), a black-painted roof ($600), and a 19.2-kW onboard charging module ($1,480). Cadillac also offers a variety of accessories, including all-weather floor liners ($395) and interior protection ($375).
Exercise no restraint and you'll be presented with a price of over $83,000 including the destination charge of $1,395. Comparatively, the Audi e-tron Sportback Prestige will set buyers back $89,300 - and that's before options.
All in all, the Lyriq offers reasonable value for money in the highly competitive luxury electric crossover sphere. If the sub-$85,000 price is too steep for your budget, you'll be pleased to know Cadillac also offers an entry-level Tech model that starts at $57,195.
Due to government regulations, the Lyriq wasn't considered an SUV and, therefore, was not eligible for the EV tax credits. This caused a problem for Cadillac retailers but, thankfully, the issue has since been rectified.
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