The Cadillac Lyriq marks a very important moment for the luxury marque, debuting for the 2023 model year as Caddy’s first all-electric production vehicle. Naturally, a title like that brings with it a wealth of important features and technology. Now, we’re getting a closer look at the engineering underneath the Cadillac Lyriq EV crossover thanks to the following deep dive video.
Coming to us from the Munro Live YouTube channel, the video is a little over 25 minutes long, and includes an analysis of the Cadillac Lyriq and a discussion of some of the engineering decisions, plus some possible explanations as to why some of those engineering decisions were made. The video is hosted by the Director of Commercial Operations at Munro Associates, Jordan Arocha, who leads the viewer through the video while examining the underside of the Cadillac Lyriq.
Topics of focus include aerodynamics, crash structures, the suspension, and more. Up front, for example, the Cadillac Lyriq utilizes a double virtual ball SLA (short-long arm) suspension setup.
Essentially, this suspension setup incorporates two ball joints on the upper end of the control arm and a long knuckle system, which provides improved manipulation of how the load is distributed across the face of the tire. According to the video host, by leveraging this design in both the top and bottom of the control arms, the engineers had a good degree of flexibility in manipulating the tire contact patch, providing benefits with regard to vehicle ride quality and handling.
“It’s definitely cost-add, though,” the host states with regard to the front suspension design. “Typically you only see a suspension system like this on a premium vehicle.”
“We saw similar things from Audi, BMW, some specific models will do this, but it’s definitely a cost hit,” the host adds.
Check out the full video for an in-depth examination of the Cadillac Lyriq, from front to back: