Cadillac Lyriq Electric SUV Preview

Andrew Cummings
August 9, 2020

'Lyriq is probably the first real product that could be a legitimate volume entry, ' said Dan Levy, a Credit Suisse analyst.

The propulsion system and supporting technologies position Cadillac to be a leader in electrification, connectivity and automated driving, all delivered with thrilling performance and a new threshold in technology integration.

Cadillac hasn't mentioned horsepower, but EVs in this segment tend to be brisk.

While the LYRIQ's price is yet to be announced, its streamlined SUV form is exactly what Cadillac's target buyer wants, judging by the success of similar vehicles from other luxury automakers.

The maximum charging rate is 150 kW, which sounds ok, although it seems that the company was not pursuing the highest levels now possible, like 250-350 kW.


The Lyriq will be available in rear-wheel drive and performance all-wheel drive configurations. Although they weren't ready for the debut, both GM's Super Cruise driver-assistance technology and a head-up display will be available at launch. Its 33-inch LED dashboard screen will serve as a control center in what feels like a move from Tesla.

The Lyriq that Cadillac is showing now is technically a prototype. "To do this we developed an architecture specifically for EVs".

As this is the Cadillac's very first EV, what's under the hood is just as important as how it looks. Shortly before that, production will begin in China, the luxury brand's largest market. The lower centre of gravity and a nearly-even 50:50 weight distribution courtesy of the battery pack's placement results in "a vehicle that's sporty, responsive and allows for spirited driving", says Cadillac. It will also launch with the latest version of Cadillac's Super Cruise driver aid system, which now allows for hands-off driving on over 200,000 miles of highway and will be adding additional features in the coming years. The model will also be able to park itself. Its nickel-cobalt-manganese-aluminum (NCMA) structural battery pack holds 100 kWh, for a range over 300 miles (480 km). We're talking cobalt levels of less than 70% compared to GM's other batteries.

The advanced battery chemistry is packed in large, flat pouch cells that enable smart module construction to reduce complexity and simplify cooling needs. Fortunately the Lyriq has a lot going for it. With DC fast charging, the LYRIQ can charge at rates over 150 kW.

In a blue-lit studio at Cadillac's design headquarters, the auto maker's top executives took the stage on Thursday evening to address an online audience across the globe.


Battery and charging monitoring conveyed by easy, at-a-glance graphics.

The Cadillac LYRIQ builds on the brand's exclusive partnership with AKG. "The Lyriq sets the benchmark for future Cadillacs", Michael Simcoe, GM's vice president of global design, said during the reveal.

Cadillac will also introduce a new road noise cancellation technology, which uses more microphones and accelerometers than before. It's a forward-looking vision unconstrained by the needs of a traditional internal combustion engine and driveline. Cadillac chief designer Andrew Smith said the dramatic show auto is so closely representative of what the production model will look like that some GM executives couldn't tell the difference when they were parked side by side. "Inside and out, LYRIQ is a thoughtful integration of design and technology and is meant to make every drive an occasion".

A distinctive "black crystal" grille in the front is one of the LYRIQ's most unique and expressive design elements. At the rear, a split taillamp design incorporates slim LEDs that are also integrated into the lighting choreography.


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