Here's What We Know About the Upcoming 2023 Cadillac LYRIQ

Here's What We Know About the Upcoming 2023 Cadillac LYRIQ

Author: Manish Kharinta   

General Motors' luxury division Cadillac will kick off its electrification era with the launch of the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq SUV. The all-electric Lyriq will be Cadillac's first battery-powered offering, and GM has confirmed that it aims to transform Cadillac into an electric-only brand by 2030. 

Cadillac recently moved up Lyriq's debut by nine months to get a jumpstart on its goals. The 2023 Lyriq will likely make its U.S. debut long before being launched in the China market. Cadillac's parent GM said it might launch the electric Lyriq as early as Q1 2022.

Recently, representatives of Cadillac shared their thoughts on the electric SUV's fast-paced production and highlighted what the battery-powered SUV will mean for Cadillac's future. The representatives assured customers that even though Cadillac has sped up the development timeline for the Lyriq, it will not cut any corners or risk compromising the quality of the product. 

In April, GM said the Lyriq's development timeline was accelerated by a process of "virtual testing and validation" throughout the phases of the LYRIQ's development. The automaker said that employing virtual design, development and validation (VDDV) has a profound impact on the overall efficiency of its vehicle development programs. 

GM's use of VDDV enabled it to rapidly accelerate its product development cycles while reducing engineering costs by $1.5 billion per year.

The Cadillac Lyriq has a striking exterior design, which is drastically different from other Cadillac offerings that came before. The front polycarbonate black crystal grille stands out with its 736 LED lights. The backlit Cadillac logo on the grill also looks gorgeous. 

The Lyriq will ride on a set of 20-inch wheels as standard, but Cadillac will also offer 22-inch alloy wheels as an optional extra giving the Lyriq an aggressive stance.

The upcoming SUV will be powered by GM's new Ultium battery pack with lithium-ion cells, stacked horizontally and vertically. The design of the battery pack gave the Lyriq's designers the freedom to make the Lyriq as wide and low as they wanted. The car's rear-end features bigger taillights and vertically mounted brake lights. We expect the cabin to be quite spacious. 

The interior's most prominent feature will be a massive 33-inch HD display that will stretch across the dashboard, which will also double as a driver's instrument cluster. 

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The Lyriq will also offer GM's Super Cruise hands-free automated driving feature. 

Initially, the Cadillac Lyriq will debut as a rear-wheel-drive model, which will only house a 100 kWh battery pack containing 12 separate modules. GM however confirmed that the Lyriq will be offered in a dual-motor all-wheel-drive version, which will be launched in Q4 2022.  

The battery is expected to deliver 340 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of peak torque. Driving range will be around 300 miles.

It's also possible that Lyriq will not offer plug and charge capability, which means customers will have to use Cadillac's app to find charging stations from other providers. 

Although Cadillac has confirmed that its Lyriq SUV will be offered with two available roof options, the automaker has not revealed any additional details about it.

Apart from the expansive luxuriousness of the Lyriq, what's more surprising is its price tag. Lyriq will initially hit the market with prices starting at $59,990, which is surprisingly low for a luxury electric SUV. For comparison, Audi's fully-electric e-tron SUV starts at $65,900 in the U.S.

GM said that reservations for the LYRIQ will open on Sept 18 at 4:00pm EDT.

Manish Kharinta
Manish Kharinta
Manish Kharinta is a automotive writer based in the Los Angeles area. He has worked for automotive industry websites, and His experience ranges from covering auto shows, to car reviews and breaking automotive news. Manish aims to bring forth his unique perspective on automotive design and technological innovations in the automotive industry.
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