Where Is The 2023 Cadillac Lyriq Roof Rack?8
Per previous GM Authority coverage back in July 2022, the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq was supposed to offer an available roof rack – or roof rail crossbars. However, it’s been nearly eight months since we were told by Cadillac Lyriq Product Manager Steve Mertes that a roof rack accessory would be offered, and yet it’s still not available. What’s going on here?
For some undisclosed reason, a roof rack is not currently available for the all-electric luxury crossover, and can’t be found on Cadillac’s accessories website or the 2024 Lyriq online configurator.
GM Authority reached out to the luxury marque for clarification. A Cadillac spokesperson told us that cargo cross rails will be available later this year as a dealer accessory for the 2024 Lyriq. Additionally, it’s worth noting that these cargo cross rails are not technically roof rails, as they clamp down across the vehicle to allow for carrying of items like cargo boxes, bikes, kayaks, etc.
In case you weren’t aware, the 2024 Cadillac Lyriq received a few updates over the preceding 2023 Lyriq, including the new power panoramic dual-panel sunroof. Tagged with RPO code CAJ, this feature replaces the standard fixed glass roof (RPO code CFD), both of which include a power retractable sunshade. This new sunroof option is optional on Luxury 2 (equipment group 1SD), Luxury 3 (equipment group 1SE), Sport 2 (equipment group 1SJ), and Sport 3 (equipment group 1SK) trim levels. Pricing is set at $1,600 across the board.
Also notable for the 2024 model year is the introduction of the new Tech trim, which is positioned at the bottom of the Lyriq trim totem pole. Serving to restructure Cadillac’s Y-trim hierarchy, a base 2024 Lyriq in Tech specification has a starting MSRP of $58,590, including the destination freight charge.
As for structure, the 2024 Lyriq rides on the GM BEV3 platform, and draws motivation from GM Ultium batteries and GM Ultium Drive motors. Production of the 2024 model is scheduled to commence later this month at the GM Spring Hill plant in Tennessee.
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Can the glass roof be deleted entirely, for those of us who don’t want hot glass over our heads? I doubt it.
The vast majority of luxury car owners never need or use a roof rack. My 2009 Chevy Equinox has the rack but in 14 years I have it just once to carry a 10 foot by 4 foot box that did not fit inside. And the distance traveled was just under two miles. If it was just under 7 feet it would have fit inside.
The leading luxury automakers all offer integrated roof rack attachments points. Not only that, but they also sell the roof racks, which are developed in conjunction with the car and fit perfectly, and also generate earnings for the company.
Which are these leading luxury automakers? Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi, Porsche and Tesla.
Now, as for your claim that the vast majority does or doesn’t use them – please share your sources. I ask, because I have a feeling this is the same kind of rhetoric / thinking that applies to most utility vehicle sales: people like the idea of having the freedom to go off-road, despite only a small handful actually seeing anything but smooth pavement.
GM fan – you’re simply out of touch. I live in upstate New York and roof racks are a common sight around here… but if you drive down to the city, there will be much fewer racks. The point is to offer a product that is attractive to as broad an audience as possible. That’s why automakers still offer AM/FM radios in their vehicles – not because people use it all the time, but because SOME people will use it, and it’s important to them.
Isn’t it ironic that the automakers Alex mentioned above are also the sales leaders and are considered to be the most desired and successful automotive brands in the world? Maybe, just maybe, GM and Cadillac can learn something from them.
Well maybe they’re scared of a class-action lawsuit for a 450-mile reduction in driving range due to the wind resistance of a theoretical rack.
The real question is where is the LYRIQ?? Buying one is absolutely impossible and ordering one is equally frustrating. The dealers are all acting like vultures who have the key to the Crown Jewels.
I’m getting older, and I’ve gotten an e-bike, which is heavier than my conventional bikes, so when my Lyriq arrives, I’ll change to a hitch-mounted bike rack, which is easier for me to load. As a bonus, there probably will be less wind resistance with this setup.