Update: ‘2024 Cadillac Lyriq’ sub-section added to ‘Features’ and ‘TopElectricSUV says’ section added.
GM started taking pre-orders for the Cadillac Lyriq on September 18, 2021. In just 10 minutes, the company stopped accepting reservations as the SUV was sold out. The 2023 Cadillac Lyriq was available to pre-order only in the Debut Edition trim. Reservations reopened on May 19, 2022, and this time within hours, all units of the 2023 Lyriq were called for.
Let’s take a look at the important aspects of the Lyriq. For customers who couldn’t already reserve the vehicle, you may refer to the Price & Release Date section for details.
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 a single-motor RWD variant, 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 provides an EPA-est. range of 312 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 can select the level of regeneration 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.
|Aspect||Cadillac Lyriq RWD Specification|
|Headroom||38.6 in. (front)/37.7 in. (rear)|
|Shoulder Room||41.4 in. (front)/39.6 in. (rear)|
|Hip Room||58.9 in. (front)/58.6 (rear)|
|Curb Weight||5,610 lbs|
|Passenger Volume||105 cu. ft.|
|Cargo Volume||28.0 L (behind rear seat)/60.8 L (rear seat folded)|
|Towing Capacity||3,500 lbs|
|No. of Motor(s)||One|
|Motor Power||255 kW (340 hp)|
|Motor Torque||235 lb.-ft.|
|Battery Energy||100 kWh|
|Charging Power (AC)||19.2 kW|
|Charging Power (DC)||190 kW|
|EPA-est. Range||312 miles|
|EPA-est. MPGe||97 city/82 highway/89 combined|
|EPA-est. Energy Consumption||38 kWh/100 mi|
|EPA-est. Charging Time (240V outlet)||6.5 hours|
The Lyriq AWD will have an additional motor that powers the front wheels. GM expects the combined power output of its motors to be 500 hp. The towing capacity of the AWD variant will be up to 3,500 lbs, the company has confirmed. The AWD variant’s EPA-est. range will likely be much lower than 300 miles.
On the outside, GM has equipped the Lyriq with features like slim LED headlamps with choreographed lighting sequence, a 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 that includes speakers in the front headrests, digital key, cantilevered center console, and wood over metal decor. Sky Cool Gray and Noir are the interior color selections.
The Lyriq also features Cadillac’s next-gen Active Noise Cancellation system. Based on the road vibration measured, the system actively cancels road-induced noise using the speaker. Acoustic laminated glass tries to keep the unwanted road noise from entering the cabin as much as possible.
GM’s Super Cruise autonomous driving is also on the list of advanced driving technologies. Cadillac Society claims all the Lyriqs produced from the start have the hardware required for Super Cruise installed in them. However, the feature won’t be available to use initially. A software update rolled out over the air at a later date will activate Super Cruise.
Why Super Cruise is disabled initially isn’t clear; however, customers will get compensated with 100,000 GM Reward Points or one additional year of free charging at EVgo public charging stations, adds the report.
Heated rear seats
The Cadillac Lyriq could be a more attractive choice than the First Edition for customers seeking extra comfort. Unlike the Lyriq First Edition, it will come with seat heating in the rear. Both outboard rear seats will feature a heating function, as per a report from Cadillac Society.
The report elaborates that the regular trims, which will become available later, should be better in terms of equipment than the First Edition. It’s also worth noting that the new trims will be available in a costlier, dual-motor variant, which means customers will expect more features for their money.
2024 Cadillac Lyriq variants
According to a recent report from Cadillac Society, the 2024 Cadillac Lyriq will be available in a new ‘Sport’ trim. It will feature a distinctive grille with a new pattern and black surrounds, black window trim, and darkened tail lights. Another aspect that will be new in the 2024 Cadillac Lyriq Sport will be seats white piping on the center of the backrests. Expect both single-motor RWD and dual-motor AWD configurations to be available.
In a more recent report, Cadillac Society claims that the 2024 Cadillac Lyriq will also be available in a second new trim, called ‘Premium.’ The model will be available in two new seat colors, one of which will be black. The black-colored seats will have white stitching and white piping on the center of the backrests and side bolsters. From their description, these seats seem to be the same design seen in the Sport trim. The center element of the seats in the new colors will be about one centimeter wider than the Debut Edition’s seats.
GM started series production of the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq in the U.S. at its Spring Hill, Tennessee, assembly plant on March 21, 2022. The company retooled the factory and completed the preparations needed for the Lyriq nine months ahead of the original schedule, which, given the current circumstances, is an impressive feat. Despite battling pandemic-related production and operational delays and the semiconductor shortage, GM completed its target well before the deadline.
On March 16, 2022, Reuters said that GM will make the Lyriq in limited numbers initially, although this is normal for any new product. The company may take its time to ramp up and normalize the output. According to the report, the Lyriq AWD will enter production around late 2022. According to a report Detroit Free Press published on May 20, 2022, GM plans to build 25,000 Lyriqs in 2022.
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Cadillac Vice President Rory Harvey had told Fox Business, as per a report on March 21, 2022, that the brand has secured enough part supplies to manufacture around 20,000 Lyriqs by the end of 2022.
Price & Release Date
Cadillac is delivering the Lyriq to customers in the United States. A clip on Instagram channel doug.dcadillacman (Douglas Chitren) showed a brand new Lyriq handed over to a customer at a dealership, on July 15, 2022.
The Cadillac Lyriq units for customer deliveries started reaching dealer showrooms in July 2022, as per a report Detroit Free Press published on the 9th of that month. Cadillac is prioritizing deliveries to dealers in locations where it’s seeing the highest demand: New York, Los Angeles, and Detroit. The first unit arrived at Cadillac of Novi (Novi, Michigan), the brand’s top-performing dealer for eight of the last twelve years, including 2021. Barely four minutes after the first unit arrived on the showroom floor preparing to be delivered, it was met with an offer for a USD 30,000 premium over the sticker price!
Initially, the Cadillac Lyriq was available to order in a Debut Edition trim and a rear-wheel drive drivetrain layout for a price of USD 59,990. Now, there’s no trim level, just a rear-wheel drive model and an all-wheel drive model. The Lyriq RWD costs USD 62,990 onwards and the Lyriq AWD retails at USD 64,990. These prices include a USD 1,195 destination fee. Two years of unlimited public charging credits at EVgo charging stations or credit of up to USD 1,500 for a Qmerit-installed home charger, whichever option the customer chooses, is complimentary.
Orders for the 2023 Lyriq are full, and GM is asking prospective buyers to pre-order the 2024 Lyriq. Cadillac spokesman Michael Albano said that order books opened on May 19, 2022, at 9 AM, and all units available were called for by 1 PM the same day, as per Detroit Free Press. This marked a historic moment for the American luxury brand, Albano added.
2024 Cadillac Lyriq
New customers can pre-order the 2024 Cadillac Lyriq now, in both RWD and AWD variants. The 2024 Lyriq RWD will cost around USD 60,000 and deliveries will likely start in Spring 2023. Moving up, the 2024 Lyriq AWD will begin at around USD 64,000 and deliveries are likely to commence at the same time (Spring 2023).
The announcement of the final pricing, colors, features, and specs of the 2024 Lyriq will take place closer to the start of production, and order books are likely to open in late 2022. Customers on the 2023 Lyriq waitlist need not place a fresh pre-order for the 2024 Lyriq, as their reservation will be automatically eligible for the latter.
Cadillac revealed during a media presentation that 70% of Lyriq buyers are new to the brand, as per another report from Cadillac Society. 68% of the customers are Gen X or Gen Y people, as per the report. The outlandish electric SUV’s current competitors BMW iX and Tesla Model X are significantly costlier, with prices starting at USD 85,095 (incl. USD 995 destination) and USD 122,990 (incl. USD 1,200 destination), respectively. The new Audi e-tron will also debut later in 2022 with all-round improvement.
Citing Harvey, Fox Business said in a report on March 21, 2022, that 240,000 people have registered their interest in the Lyriq and that Cadillac expects 10-20% of hand-raisers to convert into orders.
Cadillac dealers will get their Lyriq allocation based on two factors, as per a report Cadillac Society published on June 8, 2022. The first and most important factor is, of course, sales performance. 60% of the Lyriq allocation will be given to dealerships based on how many Cadillac SUVs they have sold in the past 12 months. The rest of the allocation will be based on a formula and given to those dealerships that have been selected by customers as their preferred delivery destination when booking the Lyriq online.
Ahead of the Lyriq’s start of sales, a dealer network restructuring was launched 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 four years ago, there might be only 560 dealers. 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.
The Lyriq Debut Edition was available in the U.S. in Steel Metallic and Stellar Black Metallic colors, while the normal Lyriq is available additionally in Opulent Blue Metallic and Crystal White Tricoat shades. GM should introduce new options in the future, as spy shots indicate that the paint choices will include red as well. As you see above, Chinese customers already get a palette of seven colors, including red.
The 2024 Cadillac Lyriq offers something truly unique in its segment, and it’s a great buy for luxury EVs customers who want to stand out in a crowd of Teslas and German imports. Priced half that of the Model X, and well under the Audi e-tron and BMW iX, the Lyriq proves that going green doesn’t have to come at an insane premium and holds the potential to make EVs the new normal in its segment.
However, the best is yet to come, with more feature-loaded trims and a punchier, dual-motor variant scheduled to join the line-up in 2023, when supply is expected to be much better. We think that’s when we’ll see Detroit’s finest coming to the market, and the wait will be worth it.
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. have begun, although in limited numbers.
What will be the base Cadillac Lyriq price?
The base 2024 Cadillac Lyriq approx. USD 60,000 in the United States.
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