The Cadillac Lyriq is arguably one of the most important new concepts to be unveiled by General Motors. It is the first full electric vehicle for the Cadillac brand as well as the first vehicle to feature GM’s new Ultium battery technology which will power all future electric GM vehicles.
The Cadillac Lyriq sits on a new platform which GM calls the BEV3. It is a platform that will be shared with other GM vehicles and allows for a wide range of flexibility and packaging options for the new Ultium batteries. These new batteries are significantly less expensive than current batteries thanks to fewer precious Earth metals like cobalt. The standard Lyriq will be equipped with a 100 kWh battery pack which will power an electric motor that in turns sends its power to the rear wheels. A more powerful twin-motor with all-wheel-drive will arrive later. Range is estimated to be in the 480 km (300 miles) area with a level 3 DC fast charge being able to replenish the batteries to 80% in about 30 minutes.
Inside the Cadillac Lyriq is a minimalist design language that is accented by a massive 33-inch curved infotainment & driver display screen. It will display important driver information as well as navigation, media, & camera views. Cadillac says that this screen has the highest pixel density of any screen in the auto industry and can display more than 1 billion colours. The Lyriq will also be available with a new augmented reality heads-up display which will not only display speed and other important metrics, but also navigation signals and other alerts that will react to the environment.
Other notable technologies include the latest version of Cadillac’s Super Cruise semi-autonomous driving system which will now be able to change lanes on its own. There will also be a self-parking feature with remote driver inputs. And finally a new 19-speaker AKG audio system will not only play loud music but also compensate for road, wind, and tire noises to make the interior much quieter than even the quietest electric vehicles on the market today.
The Cadillac Lyriq is poised to compete against the Tesla Model X, Jaguar I-Pace, & Audi E-Tron for crossover luxury EV dominance. It will definitely stand out from the bunch thanks to its angular styling which will be a preview of future electric Cadillacs to come. The Lyriq is set to enter production sometime in 2022.