2023 Cadillac Lyriq Features Glass Roof As Standard: Feature Spotlight12
Cadillac is stepping into the all-electric vehicle space with a slew of new models, but the first out the gates will be the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq luxury crossover. As expected, the Lyriq will offer a range of high-tech equipment and comfort features, including a full glass roof as standard.
The full glass roof feature will be standard across the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq lineup, and will include a power shade and fixed design. In other words, the glass roof will not open up – rather, it will be fixed in place.
Interestingly, the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq was designed specifically with a glass roof as one of the features. In addition to providing ample natural lighting in the cabin, the fixed glass roof also provides weight savings as compared to a traditional metal roof with a sunroof or moonroof configuration.
What’s more, the shade function will block out the sun when needed. This is a particularly important advantage over the fixed roof feature of new EVs like the Mustang Mach-E, which features a fixed glass roof without a shade.
Meanwhile, the up-and-coming Cadillac Celestiq halo sedan will also feature a glass roof, but rather than incorporate a shade, the glass roof on the Celestiq will leverage advanced SPD technology, which will allow the user to adjust the glass opacity thanks to nanoparticles in the material that can “flip” to either let light in, or block it out. GM Authority exclusively covered this tech for the Cadillac Celestiq previously, so check out that coverage for more information.
Elsewhere in the Cadillac lineup, the Cadillac XT5 and Cadillac XT6 feature a double-sized glass roof that opens over the first row and includes a tilt and slide functionality, plus a power sunshade. For Cadillac XT5, models, this feature is standard for Premium Luxury and Sport trim levels, while the features is standard across the board for Cadillac XT6. Notably, the new Cadillac Lyriq will indirectly replace the Cadillac XT5 and Cadillac XT6 in the luxury brand’s lineup.
As a reminder, the Cadillac Lyriq is motivated by GM Ultium battery and GM Ultium drive motor technology, with a 100-kWh battery and single drive motor combination good for 300 miles between plugs, as well as 340 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. Under the skin is the GM BEV3 platform. Production takes place at the GM Spring Hill plant in Tennessee.
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Well that just sucks. Not everyone likes or wants this feature. I certainly don’t and if Cadillac feels the need to make this the only roof available, then I will not be going in that direction with Cadillac or any make that forces this junk on us.
Before people jump all over me about this, let me be up-front here. In the Volvo’s that I work with, many have the over-sized sunroof already with a flimsy power shade that is constantly having issues. Because I have a condition where my eyes are extremely light sensitive, I can’t use them for normal daytime use. If I do have a sunroof in a car, the only time I will use it is on a nice night to see the sky and get some fresh air flowing. Being a fixed (non movable) glass panel, there is zero use for people like me. The newest Volvo (C40) EV has this fixed and dark tinted glass roof already as standard. Let me tell you it gets quite hot inside that car and we aren’t even in the hot time of the year yet. Even with the tint and wearing sunglasses, I find myself squinting constantly while driving down the road. Horrible! Lastly, I’ve ridden in exactly 3 Tesla Model 3’s now and they also have this fixed glass roof. Even with the A/C running and being a cool day, it was quite uncomfortable sitting in there like a fish in a bowl sitting in the sun.
Lastly, in the article is states “the fixed glass roof also provides weight savings as compared to a traditional metal roof with a sunroof or moonroof configuration.” Although this may be true when comparing this fixed glass roof over the ultra-view power sunroof, this is NOT true when comparing to a solid metal roof without all that junk. A little search will tell you that the metal/materials they use for the roof of cars weighs less than glass per square inch.
Good! One less Lyriq to sell to you and one less reservation to compete against .
Raymond: I wan’t speaking directly about the Lyriq, but Cadillac overall. My understanding from the article is that this type of glass roof may be standard on most cars soon. I certainly hope I read that wrong and hope I am wrong, because I really do want to go back to a new Cadillac again down the road. My hopes are that they build a beautiful SEDAN in an EV that isn’t too big and not pushing 100 grand or more. However, if they install these glass roofs on them, I’m out.
As for the Lyriq? Really not for me. I’m not sold on the style (especially the back) and I’m not interested in any form of SUV/CUV for now.
Pretty harsh comment to someone that just gave a well thought out opinion.
i don’t like it either.
the lyriq overall is ugly, so i would never buy this thing, but an all glass roof is a big no for me as well.
it’s probably al lot cheaper so the bean counters will be happy.
I would want a real, large moonroof. not an inoperable glass panel.
This is not indirectly replacing the XT6, just the XT5. Cadillac is planning a 3 row electric crossover.
The real reason why many EVs have glass roofs is to maximize inside headroom. Floors are higher up because of the batteries underneath which affects headroom. Having a glass roof also allows for a lower overall height of the car which means it all ends up being both an exterior styling issue and a interior space issue.
StuartH: Where are you getting that from? The problem with what you say is that EV’s don’t have things like exhaust systems which require a minimum distance from the floor of a vehicle and you still need that clearance from the bottom of the exhaust to the ground. The EV’s with the batteries in the floor as you talk about don’t take up a lot a space. I’m thinking the exhaust system alone would require more space.
I don’t know the answer to that for sure, but I’m highly doubtful that’s the reason for the glass roof. My best guestimate is that it’s yet another stupid fad. And a very bad one at that.
I always order a sunroof for the additional light and “openness” of the cabin, but I rarely ever open them. This is perfect for me. Also the comment that glass is heavier than steel is misdirected. The atrticle compares a fixed glass roof to a steel roof equipped with traditional moving sunroof.
I just want a sunroof that opens for fresh air and ventilation. Not interested in a “roof window”. I keep my shade closed when my sunroof is closed to minimize on distracting reflections and glare. If it doesn’t open, I’d actually just prefer a steel roof.
I’ve had sunroof
s on many of my cars over the past many years, and I hardly ever use it. Glass roof is a much better answer. Looks much nicer and most likely will never leak.