The new, all-electric 2023 Cadillac Lyriq will offer a wireless phone charger on a slide-out tray within the center stack cubby, keeping the phone out of sight and reach so that the driver can stay focused on the road.
And of course drivers can connect their devices to the Cadillac Lyriq wirelessly via Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay or Android Auto while wirelessly charging their phone.
This design of the Cadillac Lyriq’s slide-out charging tray harkens back to a hidden phone cubby offered on Cadillac’s first-generation CUE (Cadillac User Experience) vehicles, including the Cadillac ATS, third-generation Cadillac CTS, Cadillac XTS, and K2-based Cadillac Escalade. On these models, an HVAC control panel on the center stack flipped up to reveal a hidden phone and storage compartment, with a mat for wireless phone charging along with a USB port.
Interestingly, the compartment also used the vehicle’s HVAC system to air-cool the phone to keep it from getting too hot while charging, a common issue for phones in general and especially those in an enclosed space. There is no news yet on whether the charging tray on the Lyriq will also be air-cooled, but precedent says it might.
Furthermore, the design of the phone charging tray mechanism will likely be similar to the slide-out cupholder tray used on the XT6, which uses metal rails and sliding components to give it a very solid feel over the typical plastic setup on other vehicles.
For those wanting or needing to plug in their phone in order to charge it, the Lyriq will also come with 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, the first GM vehicle to go exclusively USB-C.
The USB Type-C was introduced in August 2014 as the next-generation USB cable standard that succeeds the ubiquitous USB Type-A.
The 2023 Cadillac Lyriq represents the first model year of the upcoming electric crossover 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 crossover 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 pm EST and the initial Debut Edition sold out just a few minutes thereafter.