Last summer, GM Authority learned GM was planning to offer its Surround Vision Recorder tech as standard in the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq Debut Edition. It now appears that will no longer be the case, with GM electing not to offer the feature on the launch version of the battery-electric crossover.
Instead, the Lyriq Debut Edition as well as the 2023 model-year Cadillac Lyriq RWD and AWD variants will come “Surround Vision and Recorder capable,” with the necessary hardware for the technology pre-installed. An over-the-air software update will then be pushed to these vehicles at a later date, activating the feature and giving it full functionality.
GM is also taking a similar approach with its hands-free Super Cruise system in the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq. All 2023 Cadillac Lyriq models that are ordered with Super Cruise will be delivered with the hardware for the next-generation Super Cruise system installed, including the exterior radar sensors, cameras and Super Cruise steering wheel. Customers will not be able to use Super Cruise on the vehicle at first, though, with GM set to activate the feature through an over-the-air software at some point thereafter.
GM previously offered the Surround Vision Recorder on the 2019 and 2020 model-year Cadillac CT6 sedan. The version offered on the Cadillac CT6 featured four exterior cameras that were strategically placed around the vehicle’s exterior, including one in each side mirror, one integrated into the front grille and one on the rear trunk lid. The cameras capture video using the front and rear cameras during vehicle operation, acting as a replacement for an onboard dash camera, and automatically come on and begin recording when the vehicle security system is armed and alerted.
While the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq Debut Edition won’t receive the Surround Vision Recorder at the moment, the technology is currently available on the Cadillac CT5 and the Cadillac XT6, and was just added to the 2023 model-year Cadillac Escalade full-size SUV.
The 2023 Cadillac Lyriq Debut Edition, which sold out in minutes after GM began accepting pre-orders last year, began rolling off the line at GM’s Spring Hill plant in Tennessee in late March. Production of series production Lyriq RWD and Lyriq AWD models will begin shortly.