The change will bring the 2024 Cadillac Lyriq more in line with conventional vehicles, but will continue to use advanced technology to assist with opening the EV’s doors nevertheless.
Previously, the Cadillac Lyriq was produced without proper door handles, instead requiring passengers to press a button located on the door to unlatch it, then grasp part of the door itself to pull it open. The front doors featured a black shark fin mounted on the trailing edge of their frame that people entering the vehicle could grab to pull the door open, while the rear doors offered nothing except the door’s outer edge itself to grip.
Now, the 2024 Cadillac Lyriq will get actual door handles of a more familiar style. However, they will remain powered and high-tech rather than the simple, passive mechanical handles most vehicles are equipped with. The handles fit almost flush into recesses in the door panels, and pop open when an individual approaches carrying the specific vehicle’s keyfob. They are illuminated as well.
These deployable door handles will replace the immobile shark fin gripping protrusions on the front doors, which will no longer be a feature of 2024 Cadillac Lyriq design.
As a reminder, the all-electric luxury crossover rides on the GM BEV3 platform, while GM Ultium batteries furnish energy and motivation is provided by GM Ultium Drive motors. The 2024 Cadillac Lyriq has three trim levels including the Tech, Luxury, and Sport trims, all of which are available in the U.S. with a choice between rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive.
Rear-wheel-drive Cadillac Lyriq crossovers get an estimated 314 miles of range on a single charge, while its electric motor develops 340 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. All-wheel-drive units can travel up to 307 miles per charge, with combined two-motor output set at 500 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque. These metrics apply regardless of the trim level selected.