One of the advantages of electric motors is that their compact packaging usually gives automakers a bit more space to work with. As such, many EVs have an additional front trunk in the front of the vehicle (sometimes called a “frunk”) that serves as an additional storage cubby for smaller items.
While a lot of EVs on sale today have a front trunk, including all Tesla models and the Jaguar I-Pace, the Cadillac Lyriq will not feature this additional front cargo cavity. During a recent conference call with Canadian automotive journalists, Cadillac Lyriq Chief Engineer Jamie Brewer indicated the Lyriq will not have a front trunk, explaining that Cadillac would not “split up” the available cargo space, but rather try to maximize the traditional cargo section in the rear of the vehicle.
Brewer did not say how much cargo capacity the production Cadillac Lyriq will have, though it is expected to fall between the Cadillac XT5 and XT6 with regard to its overall size. For reference, the Cadillac XT5 has 30.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row and 63 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. As we mentioned above, though, EVs usually offer a bit more freedom with regard to interior packaging, so the Lyriq may be able to squeeze out some extra space over the XT5.
The Cadillac Lyriq debuted in show car form earlier this month. The battery-electric crossover features a rearward-sloping roofline and has a slightly elongated shape compared to most crossovers, giving it an almost wagon-like shape that should lend itself well to cargo capacity. While the Lyriq presented recently was only a show car, the vehicle is believed to be about 80-85 percent representative of the final production model.
As for technology, the electric crossover will feature a standard 33-inch widescreen LED display, along with General Motors’ Super Cruise semi-autonomous driving system.
Look for the Cadillac Lyriq to enter production in late 2022 as a 2023 model year vehicle. Base models will be priced from just under $60,000.
A version of this story originally appeared on our sister site, Cadillac Society.