Update: ‘Lyriq in China’ section updated.
GM started taking orders for the Cadillac Lyriq on September 18, 2021. In a matter of just 10 minutes, the company stopped accepting reservations as the SUV was sold out. The 2023 Cadillac Lyriq was available to order only in the Debut Edition trim. GM plans to reopen bookings this summer when it will offer the new electric SUV in the regular variants.
Here’s a look at the important aspects of the Lyriq:
The production-spec Cadillac Lyriq debuted in April 2021 and looks virtually unchanged from the concept version that broke cover in August 2020. Sitting on a new modular EV platform, the low-slung electric SUV utilizes GM’s Ultium propulsion system. The company has confirmed that it will sell Lyriq in RWD and AWD configurations.
The Cadillac Lyriq is 196.7 in. (4,996 mm) long, 77.8 in. (1,977 mm) wide, and 63.9 in. (1,623 mm) tall. Its wheelbase measures 121.8 in. (3,094 mm). The new electric SUV offers a passenger volume of 105 cu. ft. (2,976 L) and a cargo volume of 28.0 cu. ft. (793 L) behind the rear seats. On folding down the rear seats, the cargo volume increases to 60.8 cu. ft. (1,723 L).
The 2023 Lyriq comes in only a single-motor RWD variant at launch, with a PMSM generating 340 hp (255 kW) of power and 325 Lb.-Ft. (440 Nm) of torque. A 12-module, 100 kWh battery pack is standard, and it will likely provide a range of over 300 miles. Customers can charge it at up to 19.2 kW with alternating current – a segment-leading specification, and at up to 190 kW with direct current.
Charging the Lyriq using a 190 kW DC fast-charger for just about ten minutes will likely add a range of 76 miles. At home, charging it using a 19.2 kW AC fast-charger will likely add 52 miles of range per hour.
Lyriq drivers in America will be able to select the level of regeneration they want with an all-new Regen on Demand technology using a pressure-sensitive paddle located on the steering wheel and experience the comfort of one-pedal driving. GM’s Super Cruise autonomous driving is also among the list of advanced driving technologies.
On the outside, GM has equipped the Lyriq with features like slim LED headlamps with choreographed lighting sequence, black crystal grille, and 22-inch split-spoke Reverse Rim alloy wheels. There are just two paint options: Satin Steel Metallic and Stellar Black Metallic.
Interior highlights of the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq include a curved, 33-inch LED display that harmoniously integrates the instrument cluster and the infotainment system, a 19-speaker AKG Studio audio system, an all-new active noise cancellation system, digital key, and wood over metal decor. Sky Cool Gray and Noir are the interior color selections.
Price & Release Date
The Cadillac Lyriq will enter production by March and go on sale in Spring. The outlandish electric SUV’s prices start at USD 59,990 (incl. destination). Its current competitors BMW iX and Tesla Model X are significantly costlier, with prices starting at USD 83,200 (plus USD 995 destination) and USD 104,990 (plus USD 1,200 destination), respectively. The improved 2022 Audi e-tron will debut later this year. In preparation for its launch, GM is testing pre-production prototypes without any disguise on the public roads, and you can view pictures and a video on GM Authority.
Rory Harvey, Vice President, Cadillac (global), told Reuters last year that 216,000 people have shown interest in the Cadillac Lyriq. Ahead of the Lyriq launch, a dealer network restructuring is on in the U.S. market. Once complete, there will be nearly 40% fewer U.S. Cadillac dealers than in 2018. Compared to approximately 920 dealers three years ago, there might be only 560 dealers now. Still, the Cadillac dealer network will be wider than other established luxury brands in the country.
U.S. Cadillac dealers had to invest USD 200,000-500,000 to prepare for the brand’s EV transformation. GM ended up buying out dealers unprepared to make that commitment, and it spent USD 274 million in the process in 2020 and 2021. In China, the brand’s largest market worldwide, there was no need to restructure retail operations.
Cadillac Lyriq in China
The Cadillac Lyriq will go on sale in China in mid-2022. Pre-sales started on the evening of November 17, 2021, and by noon the next day, the company had received over 2,000 pre-orders. On December 7, 2021, SAIC announced in its November 2021 sales bulletin that SAIC-GM had gathered nearly 5,000 reservations. Apparently, the demand faded soon after the initial hype, but it’s still an interesting number. China will get a locally manufactured Lyriq, made at SAIC-GM’s Jinqiao North Assembly Plant in Shanghai. CNY 439,700 (USD 68,991) is the pre-sale price, and the order deposit is just CNY 1,190 (USD 187).
SAIC-GM is in the process of getting government approval to release the Lyriq in China, an announcement from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) on January 7, 2022, revealed. MIIT released two pictures of the electric SUV, showing it in the daylight in China.
|Cadillac Lyriq Aspect||Specification|
|Length||5,003 mm (197.0 in.)|
|Width||1,977 mm (77.8 in.)|
|Height||1,637 mm (64.4 in.)|
|Wheelbase||3,094 mm (121.8 in.)|
|Front Overhang||906 mm (35.7 in.)|
|Rear Overhang||1,003 mm (39.5 in.)|
|Curb Weight||2,535 kg (5,589 lbs)|
|Gross Weight||2,998 kg (6,609 lbs)|
|Motor Power||255 kW (342 hp)|
|Top Speed||190 km/h (118 mph)|
China is getting new ‘IQ Space’ retail outlets for Cadillac electric car models. The first outlet opened in Shanghai in early September 2021, and on December 25, 2021, another outlet opened in China’s largest city, GM Authority reported. This is Shanghai’s fourth Cadillac IQ Space showroom, and there are four more cities that have the EV-only Cadillac retail space: Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Nanjing, and Zhengzhou. Like Buick, Cadillac’s biggest market worldwide is China, and the expansion of this boutique showroom network and the launch of more EVs should maintain the status quo.
Cadillac Lyriq FAQs
Which electric SUVs will the Cadillac Lyriq compete with?
When are Cadillac Lyriq deliveries set to begin?
The Cadillac Lyriq deliveries in the U.S. will begin between March and May 2022.
What will be the base Cadillac Lyriq price?
The base Cadillac Lyriq costs USD 59,990 in the United States.
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