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2023 Cadillac Lyriq unveiled the electric SUV is a significant step

Just though Cadillac Lyriq unveiled 2023 over the past two years isn’t the only reason we’ve been waiting patiently for it to hit the market. Furthermore, this all-electric SUV is a significant step further realizing GM’s EV promise.

Well with Chevrolet Bolt EV, General Motors proved that it could become an industry leader in electrified, but the automaker never appeared to be fully sure of the success of the tiny EV car. With the GMC Hummer EV, General Motors introduced its next-generation Ultrium technology, albeit in the shape of a four-wheeled vanity strategy aimed at a narrow audience.

Cadillac Lyriq

Although it is currently classified as a premium model, the Lyriq is likely the first GM EV to compete directly with conventional gas-powered automobiles. Cadillac and other premium automakers have found tremendous success with sport utility vehicles (SUVs), so much so that the Lyriq has many all-electric rivals. In order to compete with the Only By, Luxury car iX, Jaguar I-Pace, and Musk`s Model X, Cadillac will need to win over customers interested in both petrol and electric SUVs. All of the 2023 models have already been purchased, so it seems to have done its job well.

Cadillac’s very first car looks promising, and it’s not just because people like being the first on their block to have the latest and greatest. With starting MSRPs of $62,990 for single-motor rear-wheel control and $64,990 for dual-motor all-wheel drive vehicles, both are reasonably priced. In addition to its Ultium battery system and massive 33-inch touchscreen screen, Cadillac also brings some significant technology to the table. General Motors is no longer pulling its punches when it comes to marketing electric vehicles.

For twenty years, Cadillac has been setting trends with its striking designs. Whether it’s the angular 1st CTS sedan or the bombastic current-generation Escalade, GM’s premium brand is known for producing eye-catching designs. The Lyriq is unique, especially when compared to other attempts.

There’s a distinct impression that the Lyriq is a prototype vehicle rather than a production model. In terms of design, it’s a radical departure from previous Cadillacs and SUVs. Since there is no typical grille, the front fascia has been reorganized to center on a lighted panel, with pentagonal trim pieces and vertical lighting components on each side; the back has been given an interesting basket-handle shape. The Lyriq is still a high-profile vehicle, but its profile is far more streamlined than that of a conventional SUV. All of these aesthetic choices complement one another and don’t stray into novelty’s sake.

Cadillac Lyriq

That trendy appearance won’t ruin the package on the inside, either. Although it lacks in headroom compared to the Audi E-Tron, BMW iX, and Jaguar I-Pace (Tesla doesn’t provide exact interior dimensions for its cars), the Lyriq makes up for it with far better legroom. Compared to the BMW iX, the Cadillac’s 28.0 cu. ft. of cargo capacity with the back seats up and 60.8 cu. ft. with the back row folding is also a reasonable figure.

There is a sleek and functional design inside. The Lyriq is the only Cadillac SUV not built using components or materials from lower-tier General Motors vehicles. Cadillac has included some clever touches, such as pixelated perforations in the wood trim that reveal the metal underneath. Leather seats and a big glass top for all four occupants are standard features. There is a ton of usable storage space under a floating center console that has cupholders and a tuning knob for the audio system. The only real problem we experienced was with the glare that the shiny metal cockpit trims created in strong sunshine.

The Lyriq’s single powertrain and rear-wheel drive configuration allow it to have a range of 312, according to Cadillac. The dual-motor all-wheel drive version’s estimated range will be made public closer to the vehicle’s release date.

However, rather than providing accurate recharge timings, Cadillac merely provides estimates based on the number of miles of range supplied. If the owner doesn’t have access to a charging station, they may still charge their vehicle by plugging the regular dual-level charge wire into a 240-volt outlet. This adds a 21 mph top speed for rear-wheel drive vehicles and 19 mph top speed for all-wheel drive versions when charged at 7.7 kilowatts.

According to Lyriq, each powertrain can gain 37 miles of range per hour while charging at a specialized 11.5-kW Level 2 AC charging station. Maximum DC fast charging power is 190 kW, which can restore 76 miles of range in only 10 minutes. However, most public stations are either 150 kW or 350 kW, putting the Lyriq in a strange middle ground. Some stations may still be accessible to Lyriq owners despite their inability to charge at full speed. The Lyriq comes with a limited warranty that covers it from bumper to bumper for four years or 50,000 miles and the battery pack and engine components for eight years or 100,000 miles. Those are now market-typical stipulations for an EV’s warranty.

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