GM released a rendering this week showing the layout for the Lyriq’s 33-inch widescreen OLED display. On the screen are a bar and a number indicating the current charge percentage and predicted range. With 24% of the battery left, the Lyriq display indicated the vehicle had a remaining range of 76 miles. Using this information, we can conclude the range of the vehicle when charged to 100% would be 316 miles.
This should probably be taken with a mound of salt, as this image is computer generated and not a screenshot of the display in a production-ready Cadillac Lyriq. There are also numerous factors that tie into an EV’s predicted range, including driving style, average speed and payload, just to name a few. Furthermore, it’s possible the Lyriq will be offered with numerous motor configurations (dual-motor AWD, single-motor RWD, etc.) and different sized batteries, which would also impact the vehicle’s overall range.
That said, 316 miles would be a good benchmark for Cadillac to target with the Lyriq. The Tesla Model Y compact crossover, which was released earlier this year, has an EPA estimated range of 315 miles. The larger Tesla Model X, meanwhile, has an EPA estimated range of 325 miles. This would place the Lyriq in the same realm as Tesla with regard to EV range – something many automakers have so far found difficult to do with their own electric crossovers.
We know GM has the battery technology to make this happen, too. The automaker’s new Ultium battery packs will range in size from 50 kWh to 200 kWh and will provide a maximum driving range of up to 400 miles in certain vehicles. The Model Y has a 75-kWh battery, while the Model X has a 100-kWh lithium-ion pack.
The exterior appearance of the Cadillac Lyriq was first teased in a series of official renderings released at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show and GM has also released teasers more recently showing its side profile and front fascia. The screen layout rendering referenced earlier in this article also provided us with a look at the vehicle’s rear end, with an animation of the Lyriq of the appearing on the screen as a blind-spot monitor.
The Cadillac Lyriq’s name was inspired by the many references to the Cadillac brand found in different mainstream music lyrics. The name is the first in a series of new Cadillac names that will end in “-iq” and will eventually be joined by “Celestiq,” which is the name given to Cadillac’s upcoming full-size electric sedan. Both the Lyriq and the Celestiq will utilize GM’s new BEV3 dedicated electric architecture.
The Cadillac Lyriq will make its official debut during an online live stream on August 6th.