Cadillac Lyriq's Public Reveal Won't Happen In America

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The concept's live debut is this month.

There's been plenty of news lately regarding the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq, the luxury brand's first-ever electric vehicle. The production version will receive very few changes compared to the concept, pictured here, when it debuts next year. But here's the thing: no one outside of GM has seen the concept in the flesh. It was forced to have an online-only debut last August because of the ongoing pandemic. But that's about to change. Later this month, the Lyriq concept will be shown to the public for the first time at the 2021 Shanghai Auto Show in China.

"We are pleased to give the public the opportunity to see the next chapter of Cadillac's future in the amazing Lyriq show car," said Felix Weller, Vice President of Cadillac in China.

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"Most of its features, including the new design and groundbreaking technologies, will appear on future models. But as exciting as its photos look, the Lyriq is even more impressive when you see it in person."

The reason the Lyriq is not debuting at an American auto show is that there aren't any such shows right now. Detroit is canceled outright for 2021 and the fate of future events, such as LA in November, remains unknown. Shanghai is simply the first opportunity for any sort of public debut.

In general, the Lyriq won't change much from concept to production. The production model, which has officially begun testing, will see its biggest exterior change happen with the side mirrors. A more conventional design will take the place of the concept's narrow camera units.

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But the most significant change will happen on the inside. The concept has seating for four (a 2+2 layout) while the production Lyriq can accommodate up to five passengers, meaning the second row will gain a middle seat. What won't change is the industry-leading 33-inch advanced LED screen. Other cool features are an AKG sound system and new road noise cancellation technology.

GM has not announced when the production Lyriq will debut, but there's a very good chance that the event will be held in the US. Those who happen to be in Shanghai can see the Lyriq in person from April 19 thru 28.

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