What is the Lyriq?
Despite what you might think of the name, the Lyriq is a really big deal, not only for Cadillac but also for General Motors. Utilizing GM's Ultium battery technology (the same technology will underpin the 2024 Honda Prologue), the Lyriq is showing us the future of electric mobility at General Motors. Stylish is a bit of an understatement when it comes to describing the Lyriq as it's the first Cadillac in decades to look every bit like a concept car, and not just on the outside. Inside, the Lyriq features a 33-inch curved digital display and contains all the latest technology, including GM's Super Cruise, the company's semi-automated driving system.
When the Lyriq debuted just last year, it was really only available in one trim: Luxury. Unique to the 2023 model was the Debut Edition, which has been scrapped for 2024. Now, the Lyriq lineup will feature a more conventional trio of trim levels: Tech, Luxury and Sport. Each trim level will offer the option of a 500-horsepower all-wheel-drive variant in addition to the standard 340-hp rear-wheel-drive powertrain. The Luxury and Sport trims will get a faster onboard charger (19.2 kWh, up from the Tech's 11.5 kWh) and the Sport will feature dark chrome accents, a unique grille and other styling touches.
The luxury EV SUV market has heretofore been dominated by the Tesla Model Y. Its combination of performance, technology and the brand's nationwide network of charging stations make it a solid choice for a new EV buyer. But other luxury brands have begun to infiltrate the segment. Audi offers its e-tron SUV, while BMW has its futuristic iX model and Genesis its Electrified GV70.