The version of the Cadillac Lyriq pictured here is a show car and while not a production model, is about 80 to 85 percent production-ready. The Lyriq, which will be the first General Motors crossover to use the automaker’s new BEV3 electric vehicle platform, will come standard with rear-wheel drive and a single electric motor mounted in the rear of the vehicle. An all-wheel-drive performance model will also be offered. Cadillac likely has more powertrain configurations planned beyond these as well, with the automaker saying the BEV3 platform and Ultium batteries allow it to “deliver customers a variety of range and performance options.”
Speaking of the Ultium battery, Cadillac says the Lyriq will have a 100-kWh lithium-ion pack, which will enable a driving range of more than 300 miles based on its own internal testing. The Lyriq will support a variety of charging options as well, including DC fast charging rates at over 150 kilowatts and Level 2 charging rates up to 19 kW.
This Cadillac electric crossover also ushers in a new era of design for Cadillac vehicles, with the automaker saying it provides a “forward-looking vision unconstrained by the needs of a traditional internal combustion engine and driveline.” Onlookers’ eyes will be immediately drawn to the new “black crystal” grille, which features embedded LED signature lighting that illuminates with a start-up animation when the owner approaches the vehicle.
A unique split taillamp design with slim LEDs characterizes the rear and will also light up at the same time as the front grille LED animation. Meanwhile, its low roofline and wide stance help convey “agility and confidence,” the automaker says. Notably, the Lyriq features black and white, monochromatic Cadillac logos rather than multi-color logos as seen on the brand’s current production cars.
The cabin is denoted by the large 33-inch LED display (notably not an OLED display like in the 2021 Cadillac Escalade), which the automaker says has “the highest pixel density available in the automotive industry today and can display over one billion colors, 64 times more,” than any other automotive screen today. The display will serve as both the driver’s display and the central infotainment system and will thus show driver information details, audio controls, smartphone integration, camera views and more. The screen can also display easy-to-read graphics indicating the battery charge percentage, energy consumption, nearby charging stations and other similar info.
Joining the screen is a new “dual-plane augmented reality-enhanced head-up display,” which displays two sets of information between separate near and far distance planes. For example, vehicle speed would be shown on the closer plane, while navigational directions would be positioned further up the windshield and further away in the driver’s line of sight.
This being a futuristic Cadillac electric show car, the Lyriq also has a forward-looking piece of technology that may or may not make it to the production vehicle: supervised remote parking. This system “uses ultrasonic sensors to help the Lyriq park itself in parallel or perpendicular parking spaces,” and works when the driver is in or outside the vehicle. One piece of technology the production vehicle will certainly feature, though, is the Cadillac Super Cruise hands-free driver assistance system.
The Cadillac Lyriq will enter production in late 2022 as a 2023 model-year vehicle. We suspect it will be produced at GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck plant in Michigan, but GM has shied away from confirming as much. The model pictured here is also a show car, it’s worth reiterating, so some small changes will be made between now and when it hits dealerships in 24 months or so. This will be the first electric Cadillac product in a string of many, with GM looking to reinvent the brand as a frontrunner in EV tech.
“Led by Lyriq, Cadillac will redefine American luxury over the next decade with a new portfolio of transformative EVs,” GM North America president Steve Carlisle said. “We will deliver experiences that engage the senses, anticipate desires and enable our customers to go on extraordinary journeys.”