The Cadillac Lyriq show car has a very futuristic-looking and contemporary design that is sure to turn heads when the battery-electric crossover goes on sale in late 2022.
One major contributing factor to the Lyriq’s commanding presence are the large, ornate alloy wheels that it was shown with. These directional, fan blade-style wheels are much more complex and intricate than any wheel design the automaker currently offers – and there’s a very interesting reason for that.
GM Design recently shared some more information on the Cadillac Lyriq wheels in a post made on its official Instagram page. According to the post, the wheels were inspired by the work of renowned German sculptor Julian Voss-Andreae and were designed by GM’s Ryan Skelley. The initial digital sculpting for the wheels was done by Chandan Gupta and Craig Oxley.
“Inspired by the sculptures of Julian Voss-Andreae, the fins in the Lyriq wheel shift from hard to soft surfaces as you move around the vehicle,” the Instagram post reads.
The post also notes that the “Cadillac Mondrian pattern can be found in all aspects of the Lyriq including the custom-designed tire tread.” The ‘Cadillac Mondrian’ pattern refers to the detailing in the Cadillac crest, which is inspired by the instantly recognizable work of famous French painter Piet Mondrian. It’s worth noting that the production vehicle will not feature custom tires with the Cadillac Mondrian pattern and will likely use a regular road tire from a major supplier.
The Cadillac Lyriq wheels also feature the new monochromatic version of the Cadillac logo. Notably, the Cadillac Lyriq features exclusively monochromatic Cadillac logos, trading the main front and rear emblems for a backlit LED version of the crest. We expect this monochromatic Cadillac logo to be used more frequently on the automaker’s products going forward.
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