The Cadillac Lyriq all-electric crossover was formally unveiled in production form this week at the 2021 Shanghai Auto Show, less than a year before it becomes the GM luxury brand’s first all-electric vehicle to go on sale. The production model’s arrival allows us to compare the show car, which was revealed in August 2020, with the vehicle that people will be able to buy in early 2022.
In this photo comparison, the show car is pictured on the left in every case (on the top on some mobile devices), while the production Cadillac Lyriq is on the right (on the bottom on some mobile devices).
From a front three-quarter view, it’s clear that the Cadillac designers were very close to completing their work when the show car was revealed. The differences between the two vehicles are minimal. For example, the nine running lights placed almost vertically outboard of the side air intakes are now rounder and slightly more separated than they were, and there are new horizontal elements across the lower part of those intakes. There’s also a small difference in the narrow panel between the faux grille and the hood. There is no suggestion that any of the body panels visible here have been altered in any way. However, the mirrors are certainly larger on the production car.
These more detailed shots show that the production Cadillac Lyriq will have the new illuminated Cadillac emblem, which was not present on the show car but did make an appearance on some animations of the vehicle’s welcome lighting sequence.
A dark (almost half) circle now appears below the emblem, possibly concealing a sensor. The designs of the illuminate faux grille are otherwise identical – other visible differences are almost certainly due to different lighting conditions.
The wheels on the two vehicles have similar designs, though the ones on the production Cadillac Lyriq appear to be slightly smaller. As standard, the Lyriq will ahve 20-inch wheels, though 22-inch wheels will also be offered.
The production vehicle also features an additional, lower cutline for the charge door. Another additional line rises up diagonally from the rear wheel arch before becoming horizontal as it heads toward the liftgate. The production vehicle shown here has black A-pillars and roof line treatments, but these will also be available in the same color as the body.
Changes at the rear are limited to the addition of Lyriq branding on the liftgate and a very slight alteration to the lighting details. Notably, the lower lights do not extend as far toward the wheel arches as they did on the show car. The treatment of the rear license plate recess may also be different, though it’s possible that this is another illusion caused by different lighting conditions.
Inside, the horizontal section of the steering wheel containing several minor controls is different on the production vehicle compared to the show car. The rotary infotainment control now occupies a slightly different position in the center console of the production car, which also gains an additional cupholder, rather than just one on the show car. Additionally, the section of the center console just below the screen has been altered on the production version. It now contains a strip of buttons for the vehicles HVAC and active driving systems. Otherwise, the interior design is almost unchanged, and the curved 33-inch LED digital display screen has been retained.
Overall, it’s clear that engineers and designers will bring the Lyriq to market in almost an identical form as the show car, which is quite impressive.
The Cadillac Lyriq will be assembled at the GM Spring Hill facility in Tennessee, and will be priced to start at $59,990 in the United States and CA$69,898 in Canada. U.S. customers will be able to place reservations in September of this year.