The 2023 Cadillac Lyriq is the brand's first all-electric vehicle and the vanguard of a bunch of new EVs from parent company General Motors. This electric luxury midsize SUV introduces a new generation of battery technology, dynamic styling and Cadillac's latest technology features.
2023 Cadillac Lyriq
The base Lyriq comes with rear-wheel drive and has a 100-kW battery pack. This combination supplies 340 horsepower and more than 300 miles of range, per Cadillac. That range estimate is similar to what you get from the Tesla Model Y Long Range (326 miles) and more than the 2021 Audi e-tron (222 miles) or Jaguar I-Pace (234 miles). BMW's upcoming 2022 iX electric SUV should be more of a match as it has a claimed range of around 300 miles.
The Lyriq's five-seat interior continues the theme established by the 2021 Cadillac Escalade. Namely, a huge curved digital instrument panel and touchscreen display dominate the dash. While steering wheel and climate controls look similar to those in current Cadillacs, the Lyriq appears to make excellent use of the free space that EVs offer. There's a large storage area for handbags near the floor ahead of the center armrest as well as two storage cubbies on the dash.
The Lyriq will feature all of Cadillac's current bag of tech tricks, plus a few more. The Super Cruise system — it allows for hands-free driving on the highway under certain conditions — will be part of the Lyriq's feature list, as will an automated parking system that can be activated from outside the car.
The Lyriq comes with a 19.2-kW onboard charger that Cadillac says is capable of adding up to 52 miles of range per hour. This is significantly more powerful than the onboard chargers on most other EVs. The Model Y, for example, has an 11.5-kW onboard charger. But you'll need to have a pretty robust home power source installed (including a 100-amp circuit breaker) to take advantage of the Lyriq's maximum capability. The charger's placement under the hood is one of the reasons why the Lyriq lacks storage space there.
The 2023 Cadillac Lyriq's daring design and unique tech signal a new direction for the Cadillac brand. By the time deliveries begin, in the first half of 2022, there will be many new luxury EVs for you to choose from. We'll report on how the Lyriq fares against its rivals when it arrives next year.