The new, all-electric 2023 Cadillac Lyriq will only feature USB Type-C ports – the newest standard of the ubiquitous USB connection standard. In doing so, the Lyriq is the first GM vehicle to go exclusively USB-C.
More specifically, the Lyriq will have three full-function USB Type-C ports in the front row, and two charge-only USB Type-C ports in the second row. The older USB Type-A ports will not be available on the new Cadillac Lyriq. Most other new GM vehicles feature a combination of USB Type-A and Type-C ports for backward compatibility.
The USB Type-C was introduced in August 2014 as the next-generation USB cable standard that succeeds the ubiquitous USB Type-A, providing several benefits:
- Reversible and symmetric connector
- 100-watt, 20-volt connection
- Faster charging of up to 100 watts
- Higher data transfer rate
- More data throughput
It’s highly likely that, in exclusively offering USB Type-C ports, Cadillac is catering to the early adopter, high-tech customers who are likely using the newest USB standard. Those who still have Type-A cables in their arsenal can simply purchase a new Type-C cable for their device, or use an adapter.
It’s also likely that Lyriq owners will opt to skip cables altogether, and instead connect their devices to the vehicle wirelessly via Bluetooth (or Wireless Apple CarPlay or Android Auto) while using wireless phone charging to charge their phone.
It’s also worth noting that the 2018 Cadillac XTS was the first Caddy to receive a USB Type-C port.
The 2023 Cadillac Lyriq represents the first model year of the upcoming electric crossover utility vehicle (CUV) while also being the brand’s first all-electric vehicle. As such, the Lyriq ushers in a new era in luxury, technology, and electrification. The vehicle is built on the GM BEV3 platform using GM Ultium batteries and Ultium Drive motors.
The Lyriq is also the first vehicle to flaunt the brand’s next-generation styling, offering signature vertical lighting along with Cadillac’s distinctive black crystal grille. Featuring a profile reminiscent of a shooting brake, the all-electric CUV is slightly larger than the current Cadillac XT5.
Inside, the Cadillac Lyriq’s interior is clean and simple with a focus on secondary and tertiary design elements, including intricate laser etched patterns through wood over metal decor. It comes very well equipped, including front massaging seats, a new Surround Vision Recorder, and GM’s Super Cruise hands-free driving technology. A 33-inch-diagonal, curved, advanced LED screen will also come standard, featuring a unique Human-Machine Interface (HMI) designed using software from Altia.
Other highlights of the Cadillac Lyriq include Cadillac’s next-generation Active Noise Cancellation system and an AKG Studio 19-speaker audio system with speakers within headrests, a new, dual-plane augmented reality-enhanced head-up display, and supervised remote parking.
Pricing for the new, all-electric, rear-wheel drive 2023 Cadillac Lyriq Debut Edition starts at $59,990 in the U.S., including destination freight charge, and production is set to begin at the GM Spring Hill Assembly plant in Tennessee in early 2022. Cadillac started accepting reservations on September 18th at 4 p.m EST and the initial Debut Edition sold out just a few minutes thereafter.