Earlier this year, we reported that all future next-generation Cadillac vehicles will feature a large OLED display similar to the 38-inch screen that comes standard in the 2021 Cadillac Escalade. That means the upcoming Cadillac Lyriq electric crossover is in line to receive an impressive widescreen display like the Escalade’s, and we’re happy to report that General Motors dished out some new details on the Lyriq’s display.
According to an article published on Electrek, the Cadillac Lyriq will be equipped with a curved, 33-inch widescreen OLED display that will stretch across a large section of the dash and serve as both the driver’s display and the central infotainment screen. It will be made out of one single piece of curved, almost three-foot long glass, but will be broken up into three different sections when turned on.
Like the Escalade display, the area furthest to the right will contain the navigation and normal infotainment features, while the area in front of the driver will feature a speedometer and other pertinent vehicle info. Controls for interior features like lighting and head-up display settings will be positioned to the left of the steering wheel beside the driver. Cadillac says the display will also be capable of doing a complete screen “takeover,” but only when the vehicle is stopped and/or charging, for example.
Cadillac released an image showing the general layout of the 33-inch OLED screen this week. In this image, the central area features a navigation map and is showing a nearby charging station, while the driver area has navigation directions, the time and distance to the set destination, the battery charge percentage and a blind spot monitor display that shows the rear end of the Lyriq from a birds-eye perspective. The area to the far left appears to have an option for adding a stop the current route to charge the vehicle and displays the current drive mode (“Cruise”) in the lower corner. All in all, the screen layout looks very sleek and minimalist, and seems to put relevant information in easy-to-read areas.
Additionally, the two displays on either side of the driver will be touch-controlled, while the driver’s display area will be controlled with a rotary dial and buttons. We haven’t seen the Lyriq’s interior yet, so it’s unclear if the vehicle will feature traditional HVAC knobs and volume knobs or some type of touch-activated controls embedded in this display.
In a statement, GM’s senior design manager for UI, Bill Thompson, said the “the size of the Cadillac Lyriq display is a huge differentiator for us.”
“The form factor is going to be very industry-leading,” he added. “The huge 33-inch display is a very big differentiator for us, even among the other brands in our portfolio.”
The Lyriq will go on sale in China first, with sales beginning sometime in 2021. It will launch in the United States sometime shortly after in 2022. North American models will be built at the automaker’s Detroit-Hamtramck plant in Metro Detroit.