Here’s Why The 2023 Cadillac Lyriq Doesn’t Have A Frunk56
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.
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That excuse might be the absolute dumbest thing I have ever heard.
What does a frunk have to do with Rear Cargo capacity?
I will explain it….it is all about the GM Beancounters not allowing GM engineers to make a properly equipped and designed EV with EV specific hardware.
This is so ridiculous. This article basically tells me that GM is utilizing too many Parts Bin things in the upcoming Lyriq.
Sandy Munro might be correct. Legacy Automakers might be in trouble because of the Bean counters each Company has that forces them to use cheap to purchase old legacy parts over and over and over again. He noticed this in the VW ID.4 that they used way too many ICE parts that should not be in Clean sheet EV vehicles. He also said that shockingly Ford did it right and was very surprised by it.
An EV has to be a clean design from scratch. I am floored that Ford figured this out and GM dropped the Ball on their first Luxury EV to boot. I have said this many times here and I will repeat it again….GM needs to rid themselves of the Beancounters ASAP.
This might not stop Loyal GM fans from purchasing but I fear the Lyriq might not bring in any Tesla buyers that would have outgrown the Model 3 or Y and the Model X is too big and or too expensive.
All these startup EV companies figured out how to make a Frunks and GM couldn’t….inexcusable.
It is a shame as the Lyriq design wise is a Home run inside and out. Almost all EV owners that I know use their Frunks a lot. They are great for things that might not be clean and or smelly like say a Gym Bag or something.
I love the Lyriq!
But it doesn’t make sense. Sounds like empty excuses… typical GM.
I have been waiting several years for Cadillac to come out with a EV SUV. Now the Lyriq is still about a year from any deliveries and they will all be 2wd. The dual motor awd is at a future date to be announced. They say the Audi eTron is their target and ALL etrons are awd. I know they want a low introduction price point so it will compare favorably price wise with the Audi. A compareably equipped awd Lyriq will probably be $75K – about the same (or maybe more) than the Audi.
Also, 300 mile range for the single motor isn’t great, and it means the awd two motor will probable be around 260 miles – not that different than the Audi or Jag.
GM: your future vehicle should be much better than current competition, not just matching them.
The 300 mile range RWD is the base model. They’ll have a dual motor AWD and for sure longer range versions.
That thing sure is ugly. It been hit by the ugly stick.
Looks like sumpin creepy from the deep blue sea.
Tesla’s are to me very ugly and lack any styling whatsoever…..and people buy them?
When I first had seen this Cadillac I was happy that it looked good (to me anyway)
Because I want my next car to be electric.
When I had seen a picture of Tesla’s Cyber truck all I could think of how horrid that thing looked…and how much weed Elon musk is still smoking.
I love the Lyriq styling which probably explains why I love my XT4.
Our C8 Frunk is the best innovation ever to be applied to a Corvette.
C8 doesn’t work for me as there is no place for us to take our little dog.
I’ll have to aspire to C7 as the newest Vette I’ll ever own.
Can I F^^^ in the frunk? That’s a big requirement for me….
GM logic we dont have a front door because our back door is bigger than the neighbors…
Literally no reason stated in the article that makes sense.
A car can have a big trunk and a frunk. I fail to see how this has anything to do with each other and the technical logic behind the decision to handicap the Lyriq isn’t shared here.
Also…so far the Lyric is late to the market and it’s still 18 months away. It really needs to be significantly better than the existing competition. Especially around charging capability, range, and performance.
It wont be…. It will only be class leading in HYPE!
Plan an across county trip in a C8 and discover how important a FRUNK is!!
Melania has more frunk room than I need.
I need a frunk for my junk.
First thing, the Lyriq is one of the most beautiful designs in a very long time from Cadillac.
GM no doubt spent $100 of millions developing this model. A Lyriq buyer spending $100K for one is doubtful if they really need or want a frunk. If there was one then everyone would complain that it is too small. A future all wheel drive model will probably take up most of the space. I’m sure GM/Cadillac marketing spent a lot of time on their decision. Working in engineering for a long time, it’s not just add one. Design, cost, able to meed crash standards (without one and with one), added complexity all had a bearing on the decision.
Twenty or thirty years ago, any vehicle with a rear door with that amount of rake would have been considered a hatchback. If the rear door was more upright like a real SUV or station wagon it probably gain 10 more cu ft of space. In the auto world form over function always get priority, unless it is a pick up truck. It looks beautiful but does it work? My daughter-in-law makes a good argument, if you can’t fit a grill size box in the back, why bother! But then a Lyrix buyer wouldn’t be carting one from Home Depot.
Yes, I want a frunk AND awd. For $60K I can get a AWD Model Y with a frunk. For $70K I can get an eTron with AWD and a frunk and more room behind the 2nd row than the Lyriq.
I have been waiting 3 years for the electric Cadillac SUV and this is all they can do? I stopped waiting a year ago and bought a Model 3. I guess I’ll have to wait for the next generation Lyriq to see if they have changed plans — or maybe the Buick version will be different.