I remember first seeing the Cadillac Lyriq concept awhile back and liking it quite a bit but also seriously doubting that it would ever make production looking anywhere near the same. However, crow will be eaten this evening, as Cadillac has just unveiled the production-ready Lyriq and it looks very much like the smart looking concept car. More than that, it packs a nice looking spec sheet to back it all up.
On the outside, the Lyriq looks more like a big, stylish wagon than a traditional crossover. It has a sleek roofline, big wheels, and short overhangs, giving it a sportier look than your average SUV, which is a good thing. I don’t love how the taillights wrap around the C-pillar, creating and odd piece of floating body work, and the car is a bit busy overall, but it’s a decently stylish looking car and I can see a lot of American customers being attracted to it.
Inside, the Lyriq is boasts one of Cadillac’s best interiors. It’s modern and stylish but also simple enough to not wear old too quickly. The absolutely massive 33-inch single screen that houses both the driver’s instrument panel and the infotainment screen looks awesome but I do worry it might get a touch confusing. Though, I love that Caddy gave it a rotary control dial, similar to BMW’s iDrive, which will make operated the infotainment screen easier while driving.
Under the skin lies a 100 kWh battery pack and a single rear-mounted electric motor, making 340 horsepower and rear-wheel drive. According to Cadillac, range is said to be over 300 miles. While that’s just a Cadillac estimate and not an EPA rating, it’s likely to be accurate, as a 100 kWh battery pack is amore than large enough to accommodate such a range, so long as the curb weight is kept in check. It’s also said to be able to charge at up to 190 kW, which is among the fastest in the industry, and should recharge 76 miles in 10 minutes at that speed. Cadillac also offers a segment-leading 19.2 kW home charging module, which can add 52 miles of range per hour.
Of course, the Cadillac Lyriq will have the latest version of the brand’s Super Cruise semi-autonomous driving functions. From most reviews, Cadillac’s Super Cruise is one of the best self-driving functions in the business, if not the best.
So far, the Cadillac Lyriq seems to be a stylish EV crossover with a good enough range and a decent amount of power. We’re looking forward to trying the Lyriq out in the real world. I’m personally very happy to see that Cadillac translated the concept design over to the production car, as we need more interesting looking EVs.
It also comes with an attractive starting price of $59,990. That’s not super cheap, especially after options, but it’s priced well enough that many Cadillac customers can afford to switch over to electrification, which is the idea. It would be nice if another American brand could start developing high-quality EVs, so we’re hopeful that this Lyriq will be good. Though, unfortunately, Cadillac has a bit of a history of not delivering on its promise. Let’s hope the Lyriq breaks that trend, as the more good EVs on the market, the better off we all are.
The Audi e-tron SUV will honestly have a hard time competing with this. It’s more expensive ($65,000), has less range (222 miles), and old chassis technology. One could argue that the Audi Q4 e-tron is more competitive, with its 300 miles of range. However, the Q4 e-tron is less luxurious, has less power, and is smaller. So Cadillac might have a very dangerous EV competitor in the e-tron SUV’s segment.