Electric mobility has taken the industry by storm. While widespread adoption is still years away, Cadillac wastes no time and has launched the Lyriq as its answer to the next stage of driving.
Customer interest has been overwhelming, with the unveiling a few months ago filling order books within minutes. After reopening the books on May 19, the Lyriq continued its streak as the bookings poured in. Within hours, the all-new electric SUV was sold out again.
It’s clear that there is buying sentiment around the very first electric Caddy. The question is, what’s so special about the new 2023 Cadillac Lyriq? What sets it apart from the rest of the competition? What feature will attract customers to the $62,000 EV?
In this article, we’ll examine the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq to see what it has that makes it such a compelling purchase in the current EV space.
2023 Cadillac Lyriq doesn’t disappoint in range and excitement
The Cadillac Lyriq is built on GM’s latest Ultium platform that promises greater range and lower cost, among other benefits. According to Cadillac, the 2023 Lyriq has a 100 kWh battery that offers an EPA-estimated range of 512 miles on a single charge.
In addition, the Lyriq comes with an on-board 19.2 kW charger, which can charge the car from 0 to 100% in just five hours at home. When plugged into a DC outlet, Lyriq can charge up to 190 kW, providing a range of 126 kilometers in 10 minutes and 195 kilometers in 30 minutes.
As for exports, the electric Caddy delivers 340 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque† The standard configuration is a rear-wheel drive setup. However, a twin-motor version is available for a $2,000 premium, and a high-performance V model is expected to arrive soon. Other details remain uncertain, but if EVs and their performance figures depend on anything, we expect the 2023 Lyriq to be quite an exciting car.
Lyriq’s insane theatrics from 2023 make it very appealing
An important thing worth mentioning is the sheer number of outdoor lighting elements. As with recent Audis, the Cadillac Lyriq has a light signature that lights up sequentially when you lock and unlock the car. Like a choreographed dance sequence, the headlights, taillights and various LEDs on the grille and behind the Cadillac emblem light up in a very fashionable way.
The headlights and grille begin to illuminate as you approach the vehicle. The lighting sequence is unique and reminiscent of a waterfall, and the exact sequence is recreated at the back as well. In general, the execution is without a doubt tasteful and attractive.
You could say it’s a bit over the top and counter-intuitive, though, as the whole point of an EV is about energy efficiency and durability. Also, how long it stays entertaining is left to the potential owners as these can get annoying after a while.
2023 Cadillac Lyriq shows flamboyance, remains reasonably priced
There’s no question just how much presence this Caddy has on the road. The Lyriq is unmistakably a Cadillac, with familiar design cues scattered throughout the car. Exterior design is striking, for lack of a better word, but remains functional, with aerodynamic efficiency being the top priority. The coupe-esque design might not be to everyone’s taste, but it does set the Lyriq apart from the sea of blandly styled EVs – ahem – Tesla Model X.
One thing that is a bit overdone is the rear. Especially the taillight design and how it’s integrated into the C-pillars. But, as the Cadillac spokesperson points out, the design is highly functional and optimizes airflow around the body to minimize drag.
On the inside, things stay classy and very Caddy-esque. Things are sturdy yet soft to the touch, and the overall layout seems very chic and luxurious. One of the highlights of the Lyriq is the massive 33-inch curved LED infotainment cum instrument display mounted on the dashboard.
A plethora of features are offered as well as storage spaces. There are several scattered around the cabin to make life easier. A notable quirk, shall we say, is the smartphone holder integrated with wireless charging. It is positioned vertically as opposed to the horizontal ones common in modern car interiors. The design is very intuitive and will accommodate even the largest smartphones.
Okay, time for judgment. The 2023 Cadillac Lyriq is at a point where first impressions dictate its sales volumes. What it’s like in real life remains to be seen, as test drives and one-on-one reviews have only just begun to populate the internet. But so far, the Lyriq is an impressively designed, well-thought-out EV that justifies its asking price. Hopefully dealers won’t charge insane price increases given the current demand.
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