General Motors has released a couple of new teaser images of the Cadillac Lyriq EV ahead of the crossover’s looming debut on August 6th.
These new teaser images show off the Cadillac Lyriq EV’s front quarter panel/fender, wheels and charge port. Instead of a regular charge port door, which are usually the same shape as a regular fuel door, a large section of the Lyriq’s front fender just behind the front wheel will shift forward to reveal the charge port. This gives the vehicle a clean, cohesive design that isn’t interrupted by a circular charge door.
A thin LED light strip also frames the charge port and will likely change color and/or flash to indicate the vehicle’s charge status like many other EVs. Interestingly, the moving fender piece is located just below the monochrome Cadillac badge on the crossover’s quarter panel badge and features a cutout for the badge, which stays stationary when the door is opened.
GM also released a teaser image giving us a clearer look at the Cadillac Lyriq EV’s large wheels. These large, polished metal wheels feature carbon fiber inlays in the spokes and have a monochrome Cadillac badge center cap. These are the same wheels that were attached to the naked BEV3 platform that GM released pictures of during its EV Day press event earlier this year – evidence that the BEV3 platform in that instance was actually a Cadillac Lyriq chassis and powertrain.
In a statement, GM reiterated the Lyriq will be the first of several Cadillac EVs it has in the pipeline and said the brand will eventually “deliver a full portfolio of luxury electric vehicles.”
“Inspired by craftsmanship and driven by innovation, Cadillac Lyriq represents the first in an upcoming portfolio of battery-electric luxury vehicles from Cadillac,” the automaker said. “The journey began back in 2019, when Cadillac announced it would spearhead General Motors’ shift to an all-electric future and released the first images of a crossover built on GM’s next-generation battery electric architecture. The story continued earlier this year with the announcement of GM’s new Ultium batteries, proof that Cadillac’s all-electric future is bright.”
Official details on the Cadillac Lyriq are slim, but we do know it will ride on the aforementioned BEV3 platform and will use GM’s new Ultium battery technology. The crossover will likely be offered as a single motor RWD model or dual-motor AWD model, similar to the Tesla Model Y or Model X, for example, and will feature a 33-inch widescreen OLED interior display. The EV’s name is a reference to the Cadillac brand’s frequent appearance in mainstream music lyrics.
The Cadillac Lyriq will make its official debut during an online live stream that will start at 7 p.m. ET on August 6th, 2020.