Auto123 performs one 2023 Cadillac Lyriq first drive.
Park City, Utah- Cadillac reaches an important milestone in its history with the launch of its first all-electric vehicle. Good first news for the manufacturer, the sculptural beauty of Lyriq 2023 gave us many compliments during our stay in Utah. From the amazement of 9-year-old Jocelyne, who admired the sparkling eyes of the panoramic roof, to this 65-year-old lady who could not believe that this beautiful car was not more expensive than her Mustang Mach-e.
It is the harmony of the style that gives this crossover its charm. We see a certain nobility while we are restrained. The only option in the design is the 22-inch wheels, which will sell for around $ 2,000. The silhouette is at once simple, refined and graceful. The grillless front with its vertical headlights defines the style that comes in all future electric models of the brand. This illuminated grille (which also includes an illuminated Cadillac logo) is able to compete with Tesla in the audio and light show category.
All this for a price starting at $ 70,000.
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The fashion is in the digital instrument panel, and Cadillac presents us with one, dominated by a 33-inch one-piece touch screen that is capable of displaying more than 1 billion colors. In addition to making it very configurable, Cadillac had the good idea of keeping the control buttons for the air conditioning and sound system.
Equally important, there is no borrowing of parts from GM’s spare parts fund. Every control, every button is unique to Cadillac. It was time for GM’s luxury division to use this approach, as it had failed for so long.
A full glazed roof extends to the roof spoiler. Music lovers will appreciate the rich sound from the AKG sound system with 19 speakers, including the headrest speakers. You also have a GM-first Active Noise Cancellation System that helps offset unwanted road noise. This technology, combined with laminated glass, contributes to a particularly quiet cabin.
Google is also introducing a built-in system in this model with Google Assistant, Google Maps and Google Play, giving hands-free access to everything from live traffic updates to favorite apps and more.
A generous place
In terms of format, we can compare Lyriq with an XT6 from Cadillac. It is almost 5 meters long and 1.98 meters wide and is 1.62 meters high. The wheels have been pushed back into the 4 corners due to the lack of a front engine and the flat floor translates into extra space inside.
You have generous equipment, which includes adaptive cruise control, rear pedestrian alarm, side door opening alarm, digital vehicle access (KeyPass), open pores in dark ash wood with panels, backlit door lights and the Super Cruise driving system, which comes a little later.
A propulsion model to start with, 500 km autonomy
Lyriq is offered as standard in a rear-wheel drive version with an electric motor on the rear axle. Four-wheel drive is offered as an option and will add another engine up front. Our test was on the rear-wheel drive model, which is the only one in production at the moment. The four-wheel drive model will follow in 2023.
In the version that pertains to us, you are entitled to 340 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque connected to the 12-module 100 kWh Ultium battery, which according to EPA figures allows a range of 502 km. Fast charging can be performed up to a power of 190 kW in direct current (DC), which makes it possible to regain 122 km of autonomy in 10 minutes or approximately 314 km in 30 minutes. Domestic charging will take place via a 19.2 kW module, which regains 84 km range in 1 hour. The 11.5 kW charger gives you 50 km of recharging per hour.
Cadillac announces around 460 horsepower for the future integrated version. And for those wondering if you can pull with Lyriq. The answer is yes, up to 3,500 lbs.
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