Many of today’s EVs, including all Tesla models, the Jaguar I-Pace and the Mustang Mach-E, feature a front trunk, otherwise known as a “frunk.” But the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq, Cadillac’s first all-electric vehicle, will not feature a front cargo area. Now, we know why that is.
Lyriq Chief Engineer, Jamie Brewer, recently explained to GM Authority that the team decided to prioritize rear cargo space over two separate cargo areas.
Thus, the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq will have a larger traditional rear storage area. In fact, according to Brewer, that enables the Lyriq to boast the “largest cargo volume in its competitive set.”
That made us wonder what, exactly, is the Lyriq’s competitive set. According to Cadillac spokesperson, Katie Minter, it consists of the Audi e-tron and Jaguar I-Pace.
“Lyriq is aimed at customers that are looking for a luxury SUV with outstanding styling, ride and handling and seamlessly integrated technology. In this instance, we’re looking at vehicles such as the Audi e-tron and Jaguar I-Pace,” Minter told GM Authority in an emailed statement.
So then, Lyriq has a maximum cargo volume of 60.8 cubic feet behind the first row seats and 28.0 cubic feet behind the second row. When compared to the Audi e-tron and the Jaguar I-Pace, the Lyriq does offer more space in the back.
|Cadillac Lyriq||Audi e-tron||Jaguar I-Pace|
|Rear cargo volume behind second row (cu. ft.)||28.0||28.5||25.3|
|Rear cargo volume behind first row (cu. ft.)||60.8||56.5||51.0|
|Frunk cargo volume (cu. ft.)||N/A||2.12||0.95|
|Total front & rear cargo volume (cu. ft.)*||28.0||30.62||26.25|
* With second row seats upright
However, both the e-tron and the I-Pace feature frunks (2.12 cubic feet in the e-tron, 0.95 cubic feet in the I-Pace respectively), allowing the e-tron to have slightly more total cargo volume (combined frunk and rear cargo area).
The 2023 Cadillac Lyriq is a battery-electric luxury crossover that’s the first of several electric vehicles planned by the luxury marque during the coming years. Its overall footprint is similar to that of the Cadillac XT5, though the Lyriq has a greater length thanks to a longer wheelbase, a wider stance, and a lower overall height.
- See how the Lyriq compares to the XT4, XT5 and XT6
The 2023 Lyriq rides on the an all-new battery electric vehicle architecture otherwise known as the GM BEV3 platform. The vehicle utilizes a 100 kWh lithium-ion Ultium battery pack driving a single Ultium Drive motor mounted at the rear of the vehicle. The combination produces 340 horsepower and 324 pound-feet of torque. A high-performance all-wheel-drive option is expected in the future.