The Cadillac Lyriq is a striking piece of design, catapulting the Cadillac brand into the EV segment with brand-new styling language and features. Notably, the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq is equipped with some rather unconventional door handles, but now, GM Authority has learned that the Lyriq will eventually get a new door handle design.
As it stands now, ingress and egress with the current 2023 Cadillac Lyriq doesn’t actually involve traditional door handles. Rather, passengers that want to climb onboard must press a large button located on the outside of the door. Pressing this button unlatches the door, allowing the passenger to grab a black shark fin located on the outside of the door to swing it open. For the rear doors, passengers must grab the door frame itself to actually swing the door open.
Now, however, per GM Authority sources, these electronic buttons will be replaced by actual door handles, which will deploy when the onboard vehicle systems detect that a key fob is approaching. For example, if the vehicle owner approaches the Cadillac Lyriq with the appropriate key fob in their pocket, the door handles will deploy.
The result is that the Cadillac Lyriq doors will be easier to open, as passengers will have something to hold onto to swing the door open. Meanwhile, the “shark-fins” up front will be removed, as they will no longer be needed to open the door.
As for the timeline for these changes, GM may replace the current Cadillac Lyriq door handles as early as the 2024 model year.
Once passengers get inside the Cadillac Lyriq, they are met with a host of luxury and technology features, with highlights that include a large 33-inch curved LED screen that stretches across the dash, high-end soft-touch materials, and plenty of space.
Motivation is sourced from a single rear-mounted electric motor, which is rated at 340 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque, with the upcoming Lyriq Luxury AWD upping output to more than 500 pound-feet of torque thanks to the addition of a second electric motor. Under the skin is the GM BEV3 platform, while production takes place at the GM Spring Hill plant in Tennessee.