What kind of vehicle is the 2023 Cadillac Lyrica? What is it compared to?
The 2023 Cadillac Lyriq electric SUV lights up the future of GM’s all-electric luxury brand. It competes with other luxury electric SUVs from the Tesla Model X and Audi e-tron to the likes of the Nissan Aria and Genesis GV60.
Is the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq a good SUV?
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It looks promising, but we’ll put the decision on hold until we move it. (Read more at how do we rate cars.)
What’s new for the 2023 Cadillac Lyric?
The brand new Cadillac Lyric shows the course for the future of Cadillac’s all-electric vehicles. The estimated 300-mile range, $60,000 starting price, generous proportions, and electric styling really make for a Lyriqal Belvedere.
With its 20-inch wheels pushed into the corners and a sporty SUV roofline, the Lyric cuts an attractive profile but a full all around highlights the stunning details of Cadillac’s new flagship. There are 736 LED lights on the front and back. Distinctive vertical headlights and taillights frame new interpretations of Cadillac’s classic crest-shaped grille and liftgate insert. Lights embroider the black crystal grille, which features an illuminated Cadillac crest.
The unconventional LED headlights have nine lights placed vertically, with the top three powering the high beam. Flanking light stacks are vertical bars for daytime running lights. It is visible at the rear near the ends of the rear bumper; Above where the angled rear windshield ends, the taillights increase in size as they are Morse coded from center to edge. The horizontal line makes a sharp turn as it wraps around the body and down the D-pillar to the band of chrome separating the roof from the windows. It’s a journey, man.
Moving inside, the real wood trim pieces on the doors feature dozens of tiny cutouts, matching details found on speaker covers, headrests, and elsewhere. A glass roof crowns the open, airy cabin and a wide but not overwhelming 33-inch curved LED display showcases the technology stuffed into the Lyric.
Initially, battery technology will include a 12-module 100-kWh battery pack and a single motor powering the rear wheels; A dual-motor all-wheel-drive version is planned for the end of 2022. The single motor packs plenty of power, with an estimated 340 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. Cadillac estimates at least a 300-mile range, and the Lyric comes with one-pedal driving and a pedal on the steering wheel that lets the driver adjust the regen braking level. The Lyric uses the first iteration of GM’s Altium platform to be used in the Chevy Bolt EUV, GMC Hummer EV, and future electric vehicles.
Cadillac partnered with over half a dozen charging station service providers to provide access to over 60,000 Level 2 and DC fast-charging stations across the country. Fast-charging at 190 kW adds a range of 76 miles in 10 minutes. The Level 2 home charging option adds up to 52 mph of charging, with 19.2 kW (100 amps). Launch options include 22-inch wheels for an additional $1,550, but those larger rollers are expected to cut the range.
The Lyric seats five, but its 196.7-inch length is only two inches shorter than the Cadillac XT6 three-row crossover. There’s 39.6 inches of leg room in the spacious rear seat, and there’s a lower floor for plenty of toe-up under the front seats. Three adults can sit in relative comfort, but a party of four can make for a casual weekend getaway. Synthetic leather covers the seats, but genuine leather will not be offered in the initial model year.
Cadillac hasn’t detailed the standard and available safety and convenience features, but the Super Cruise driver-assistance system that enables hands-free driving on more than 200,000 miles of divided highways across the US will be available. The 33-inch curved OLED screen comes with two touchscreens: one at the top of the center stack for infotainment, and the other for vehicle information functions, similar to the panel of screens in the Cadillac Escalade to the left of the instrument cluster. A 19-speaker AKG sound system with headrest speakers is on offer, and the Lyriq can be started, opened, locked, and pre-conditioned with a Cadillac’s digital key on your smartphone.
How much does a 2023 Cadillac Lyrica cost?
For the single-motor rear-wheel-drive model available at launch, the Lyriq starts at $59,990, which includes destination. That’s at least $10,000 less than the luxury competition, and the Lyriq comes with a greater range than comparable luxury base models.
Where is the 2023 Cadillac Lyric made?
In Spring Hill, Tennessee, with future Cadillac electric vehicles. Spring Hill Manufacturing currently manufactures the Cadillac XT5 compact crossover and XT6 three-row SUV.