The latest new model from Cadillac has now been unveiled, but this is far more than just another fabulous luxury midsize SUV from the renowned prestige automaker. The LYRIQ is the first all-electric vehicle (EV) to be produced by Cadillac and it really is a glimpse into the future. The company has stated that all its completely new models from now on will be 100% electric, and the 2023 LYRIQ is the first example of what the future of Cadillac is going to look like.
It would have been easy to make the LYRIQ from an existing Cadillac SUV platform that could have been tweaked and adapted to accommodate an all-electric propulsion system, but instead, the LYRIQ is a totally new model in every way. Because all-electric vehicles are not yet as common as they’ll inevitably become in the future, a lot of focus will inevitably fall on the LYRIQ powertrain. However, the stunning styling and cutting-edge technology, and design on display here would be headline-grabbing even it was being launched with a standard internal combustion engine under its hood.
Cadillac has also decided to throw down the gauntlet in a big way by pricing its new five-seat luxury crossover SUV more competitively than the current competition. With its stunning styling, fabulously luxurious and hi-tech interior, and a proposed range on a full charge of some 480 km, it’s hard to see Cadillac’s first-ever EV being anything other than a huge success.
There’s one big dilemma for designers of EVs in these early days of EVs which is what to do with the front fascia of a vehicle that doesn’t actually need a grille? While some inevitably choose to go with a fake grille to retain some semblance of aesthetic convention, Cadillac designers have decided to put a bold crest-shaped “grille” in lights on the front fascia which illuminates differently depending on whether the driver is approaching or walking away from the LYRIQ. That’s a feature that will certainly draw admiring glances in Sherwood Park, Spruce Grove, Leduc, or Fort Saskatchewan parking lots.
Most luxury EVs proposed by automakers at the moment look the part, but the statistics are even more important when it comes to attracting buyers to such new technology as EVs. The LYRIQ’s electric powertrain will therefore start with a 100-kWh battery pack located in the floor between the Cadillac’s front and rear axles. The battery being situated in that position is designed to deliver a low centre of gravity and a perfect 50/50 weight distribution, and that means the LYRIQ will be renowned for great handling and performance as well as being 100% powered by electricity.
At launch, it’s expected the LYRIQ will feature one electric motor driving the rear wheels and offer a driving range on a full charge of more than 480 km. Output from the EV powertrain is currently expected to be around 340 horsepower and 325 lb.-ft. of torque, however, further battery capacity and performance options will eventually be offered along with other enhancements that could include dual motors, all-wheel-drive, and even more power and performance.
Even the current Cadillac SUVs look like something from the future both inside and out, but the 2023 LYRIQ will take the brand even further into the future of a brave new world of purely electric luxury mobility.
To learn more, to be kept up to date about developments, and to be at the front of the line for a test drive in the 2023 Cadillac LYRIQ, don’t hesitate to call us now on (780) 439-0071 or drop in and talk to the team here at Don Wheaton Cadillac located at 10727 82 Avenue, Edmonton, AB.