Jay is a petrol head for life but had interesting comments about the electric Caddy.
The world is changing, and very fast. Once touted as the 'Standard Of The World' Cadillac at times seemed in peril and less relevant to changing buyers. But the outstanding Cadillac Lyriq EV has given the brand its mojo back. On the surface, the Cadillac Lyriq is a strikingly beautiful SUV but it is also advanced and responsible, traits that will carry Caddy into a brave new (and greener) world.
Cadillac sure seems like it is dedicating its engineering prowess into two very distinct camps, the late-stage internal combustion mastery of the 668-horsepower Escalade-V and one of the most luxurious EVs with the 300 hp Lyriq. And spanning that gap you have Jay Leno who has been an enthusiast for decades to witness the progress of both technologies, so who better to dissect the EV SUV on video?
This new Cadillac EV era ushered in by the Lyriq is off to a solid start. The Lyriq has the honor of being Cadillac's first all-electric vehicle, this is a standalone chassis sharing nothing with the gas-burner XT5 and XT6 models... or the Escalade, if that needed to be said.
For now, offered only as a single motor, the Lyriq will have a 500-hp dual-motor offering to compete with Tesla and its Model Y and Model X Performance trims. The Lyriq will have competition from Audi with the e-tron along with the Mercedes-Benz EQE coming soon.
Leno starts off by admitting "I've been a huge fan of the Cadillac brand. I've got a 1918 Cadillac, a 1925, and 1957 that we're doing right now. By 1949, I think Cadillac was the best car in the world." So it's important to note that Jay may be a tad biased here but he is also a petrol-head, so would he warm up to the first-ever Caddy electric vehicle?
Leno was particularly impressed with the level of luxury the Lyriq possesses. He expected it to come in around $95,000-$110,000 MSRP but was impressed that it only came in at around $59,990. On hand was Bryan Steward, Cadillac Program Engineering Manager who pointed out that at $60K, this SUV is fully loaded,. The Lyriq has the latest Super Cruise at that price along with larger 22-inch wheels on the Debut Edition. Stewart added that the Lyriq program to is "paving the way for Cadillac to be all-electric by 2030," and you should all check your calendars because that is 7.5 years away, so get ready.