The 2023 Cadillac Lyriq features countless contemporary design details – from its LED-adorned front fascia to its eye-catching rear LED taillight signatures and oversized alloy wheels. General Motors designers also worked hard to implement throwback details into the vehicle’s design, though – even going so far as to visit the GM Heritage Center for inspiration.
While the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq features some old-school design details as a nod to the automaker’s long and storied past, it’d be easy for them to go unnoticed. For starters, designers implemented multiple iterations of the Cadillac logo throughout the Lyriq’s cabin, according to Automotive News, serving as a subtle throwback to Cadillac’s of yore and also underlining the automaker’s modern-day transformation. This includes three birds etched into the driver’s and passenger’s side door panels, which are known as “merlettes” and are a reference to the original 1902 Cadillac crest.
Tristan Murphy, manager of Cadillac interior design, told Automotive News these throwback details are intended to set the Lyriq apart from new EVs from start-up companies like Tesla or Lucid.
“It’s just a nice little wink and a nod to our past. There’s so many startups. They’re all groundbreaking and new,” said Murphy. “We actually do have this amazing history that we can pull from and have a little bit of fun.”
Murphy also told Automotive News in September that the Lyriq’s unique dashboard design was inspired by cantilever balconies. This dashboard design allowed the automaker to implement a lined storage space near the driver big enough for a purse or shopping bag, along with a hidden jewellery box compartment. The jewellery box could be viewed as a throwback to opulent, over-the-top options offered in vintage Cadillac models – like the magnetic interior glove box bar set offered in the 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham, for example.
The 2023 Cadillac Lyriq will enter production at the GM Spring Hill Assembly plant in Tennessee early next year. 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. Reservations for the Debut Edition opened in September and sold out in minutes.
U.S. deliveries of the 2023 Cadillac will commence in the first quarter of 2022. Prices start at $59,990 including destination and freight.