Here’s The Latest 2023 Cadillac Lyriq Prototype: Exclusive41
Real-world testing of the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq electric crossover began back in April, but surprisingly, camouflaged prototypes have been a rare sight in the United States. However, GM Authority is happy to report that we’ve now captured exclusive photos of a 2023 Cadillac Lyriq undergoing real world tests without any camo, giving us an early glimpse of the vehicle driving on public roads.
The 2023 Cadillac Lyriq prototype in question features a white body, along with non-production matte black plastic trim elements and placeholder headlights, taillights and daytime running lights. It’s also devoid of any exterior badging and is missing the plastic lower-body cladding and wheel arch trim.
To be clear, the rather cheap-looking matte black trim applied to this test vehicle is non-production, with higher-end gloss black trim set to replace it on the production model. This test vehicle also has a pre-production grille that lacks the embedded LED lighting elements set to feature on production models.
The test vehicle is riding on a set of never-before-seen twin-six spoke alloy wheels, which appear to be of a smaller diameter than the 20-inch and 21-inch directional chrome wheels that GM Authority uncovered back in August.
The 2023 Cadillac Lyriq is likely in its final stages of development, as it will enter production at the GM Spring Hill Assembly plant in March 2022. The vehicle will at first be offered as a well-equipped Debut Edition, which will come standard with a 100.4 kWh Ultium lithium-ion battery pack and a single Ultium Drive electric motor mounted on the rear axle producing a GM-estimated 340 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. This 340-horsepower version of the Cadillac Lyriq will wear a 450E badge, as per Cadillac’s torque-based naming convention it first introduced back in 2019, and is priced from $59,990 in the U.S. with destination and freight.
Reservations for the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq Debut Edition sold out in minutes after they opened in late September, although more vehicles will be available to order through Cadillac dealers starting in the summer of 2022.
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It really is an attractive vehicle even with missing exterior pieces. I’m confident this will be a strong head turner in the lux market and on the roads. I’ve heard in person its not as tall as it looks in photos.
Looks sharp in white. I like that.
Great looking and Interior but I want to see more range. This only has a range of 300 miles which is not bad but I bet gm can do more.
Josh, no car is perfect.
The fact checkers deem this false. Mclaren F1
That cost almost $ 14 million in auction, and it’s pretty rare. The F1 was a brilliant car but it’s not good in every way though.
Keep in mind GM didn’t specify an actual range just that it’d be more than 300 miles. They are notorious for understating performance. I’m willing to bet by production it actually gets closer to 350 if not more.
Ummm, Notorious for understating? GM missed on the new Bolt and EUV by 1 mile, and on the new Hummer EV Edition 1 by at least 17 miles (depending on how you look at it)
Dear Donovan, I thought the Bolt EUV was suppose to get 250 miles. It’s rated at 247 which is a miss of 3 miles. However, the 2022 Bolt EV gets 259 miles which I think surpassed the estimate of 250?
The heavy weight of the Lyriq and the 100.4kW battery (we don’t know if that is usable or gross) makes me think that it may exceed 300 miles. Maybe 320 miles. The extended range Mustang Mach-E with it’s 88kW battery gets 305.
Maybe there holding back on purpose, maybe they’ll come out with a long range awd model like tesla.
Awesome car, even unfinished. Congrats, Caddy!
It means there will be no new Cadillac XT5?
No All new Cadillacs in ICE form, but refreshes? Yes.
The rear of this vehicle is interesting to me. Based on what I can see, this won’t have a rear wiper but use an air deflector to keep laminar flow over the glass, which then directs air to the small spoiler at the base of the glass. Am I seeing this wrong? Battery power savings?
Correct, just like Jaguar I-Pace and others…
Yes that is correct.
What they’re also trying to do is make it a teardrop shape sort of like a Tesla because that is the most aerodynamic, but also visually extend the roof to make it look boxier like an old SUV.
Lot’s of ICE crossovers are doing something similar right now too.
… sorry to enter the discussion… the most aerodynamic were shapes like
1996 Dodge Intrepid ESX
This prototype has been kicking around for a while, Mark Reuss was giving rides in it a few weeks ago. It’s the first Lyriq prototype with a semi production representative chassis, battery, and interior, about 12 were built. Several undergoing testing on the roads, a couple being shook to pieces on the 18 channel rigs, one at the climactic wind tunnel, and a couple for initial crash worthiness testing.
Dont love it, at least in this form. The car at the unveiling looked much nicer, but we’ll have to see.
With all the missing parts and some of the lights zip-tied on, I don’t think it’s really fair to talk about looks.
I am wishing this Lyriq all of the best .
It better look like the show car. no compromise.
I (and others ) , are just SICK about how diminished Cadillac has become.
The mediocre modern reality ; not in sync with the legend .
Thankfully its in white & not just silver , or black …what is this 1903 ?
But how run of the mill ; to begin with – UGH a dam SUV..how prosaic .
Cut that screaming kids behind glass ,rear window off & give some of us ; who desire a passenger car with CLASS , a sedan .
Luxury is choice in body style & colors .
Give all the E SUVS to Buick & use the perfect name , they have ; ” Electra ” , ( ‘ is the dawn ‘ ).
Make a convertible too …who ever heard of a luxury line without one ? Excuse me. today’s shadow Cadillac.
I truly wish the Division well .
Love the brand all my life .
GM has already showed the production model, it looks better then the Concept IMO…
… it is why said many times, Cadillac is the next Brand of GM who gonna disappear, or you think Buick goes Heaven first ? …. miss the really Sedans too… understand that I am not ‘new generation, a man of past … maybe fit for 1992, however… be free industry… do the cars for the ‘new generations’ … ‘old school’ is dead !
Disappointed in looks, although shaper on paper
… agree, we saw the concept in black with all details, tried to understand the ‘whys’, now saw everything white > forget me >>> it is just another similar car on road of the crowd of unknows, no strong character
seems a frigidaire
the rear seems a kind like Citroën CX XM or something… Porsche used that rear too in 924…
however… saw yet a first Design Error of Cadillac … the license plate upper line does not match or fit with lower light upper line sides.
It is not supposed to because it was designed like this on purpose for whatever reason.
Not everything has to be so black and white when it comes to design as long one of the reasons for buying is for looks and appeal.
… you can still call everything, but lines and curves which are not connected some way is ‘bad design’, a ‘good design’ has the minimum curves as possible to be elegant… then start to be confusing, tormented >>> an error which could have been avoid… if something is trying to appeal to me, then is no good, or you shock me with ‘the less is more’ something new or ‘forget me’, this trying, this forcing appealing are searchs the bad designers do without talent and can not reach my feelings
I like its “Wagonesque” look and I’m sure once they get the bugs worked it will be a cool ride, but I’ll keep my 750HP CTS-V wagon
Its wheelbase is generous with wheels closer to the corners than usual, resulting in short overhangs front and rear. Which means it’ll likely have a spacious interior relative to its overall length.
This car is going to vault Cadillac forward into Tesla territory, becoming a legitimate alternative to St. Elon’s god-like hold on the EV segment.
Just missing the snow plow
yep, … did one to you > ArtStation > Blankenese > Profile > First Pic !
***I know this is not the complete and finished product***
But . . . Where did the long and lean athletic look go? The shape and stance of this looks totally generic and bland. ugh.
LOL? That stance is still there. It’s still very long. Only some of the panels changed. The overall design of the Lyric is still the same. When they introduced the vehicle 80% of it carried over to this one, that includes the wheelbase.
I’m just looking at a side by side comparison of the profiles of these two cars. . . if you don’t see the difference, that’s fine.