Cadillac LYRIQ. Credit: Cadillac.
Well, Cadillac, let us just say WOW! Cadillac recently debuted the new LYRIQ
, the brand’s first all-electric vehicle, and it is simply stunning in our book. Elegant and modern with a low sloping roofline, it looks like everything it needs to be to launch a new-generation of EVs for the brand. It’s packed with technology, too, everything from Cadillac’s Super Cruise, to an incredible new 33-inch OLED screen and a 19-speaker stereo system. It’s going to be awhile before we see one on the road, however, as it will reportedly arrive in late 2022.
“The LYRIQ represents the next iteration of the iconic brand’s styling, enabled by electrification, as only Cadillac can express,” said Andrew Smith, executive director, Global Cadillac Design. “Inside and out, LYRIQ is a thoughtful integration of design and technology and is intended to make every drive an occasion.”
Up front, a distinctive “black crystal” grille gets your attention along with bold vertical, slim LED signature lighting. Also when you walk up it will recognize and “greet” you with a choreographed lighting sequence. (It will also prepare the cabin for the driver, making seat, mirror and climate system adjustments.) At the rear, a split tail lamp design incorporates slim LEDs that are also integrated into the lighting choreography.
Available in both rear- and performance all-wheel drive versions, the new LYRIQ crossover is based on GM’s new modular, electric vehicle platform. It’s targeted to deliver more than 300-miles of range on a single full charge. Other notable features that get our attention: a 19-speaker sound system as well as a 33-inch LED screen.
“Led by LYRIQ, Cadillac will redefine American luxury over the next decade with a new portfolio of transformative EVs,” said Steve Carlisle, executive vice president and president, GM North America. “We will deliver experiences that engage the senses, anticipate desires and enable our customers to go on extraordinary journeys.”
Along with offering 300 miles of range on a full charge, (based on internal testing), performance and technology highlights include:
- Charging options include DC fast charging rates over 150 kilowatts and Level 2 charging rates up to 19 kW
- Rear-wheel drive and performance all-wheel drive configurations
- LYRIQ will offer the enhanced version of Super Cruise, a hands-free driver assistance feature, available on more than 200,000 miles of enabled roadsm recently updated to include lane change on demand
- New technologies such as dual-plane augmented reality-enhanced head-up display and remote self-parking
- The latest Cadillac user experience, showcased in a 33-inch-diagonal advanced LED screen the spans the entire viewing area of the driver
New Platform with RWD or AWD
The LYRIQ rides on Cadillac’s all-new, modular EV platform designed specifically for electric vehicles. Cadillac says the optimized design supports greater driving range, an engaging driving experience and a new interpretation of passenger space.
Within the LYRIQ, the Ultium battery system is a structural element of the architecture, integrated in ways that contribute to ride and handling, as well as safety. In fact, the lower center of gravity and near 50/50 weight distribution enabled by the placement of the battery pack results in a vehicle that’s sporty, responsive and allows for spirited driving.
The LYRIQ comes with standard two-wheel drive with a performance all-wheel drive option available. The drive motor is placed at the rear of the vehicle, something Cadillac says contributes to an even greater feeling of balance and agility. It also allows the system to channel more torque to the pavement without wheelspin for exhilarating acceleration and greater cornering capability. Vehicles equipped with performance all-wheel drive go a step further, with a second drive unit placed at the front of the vehicle, which allows for a significant amount of tuning flexibility, enhancing vehicle dynamics and performance for drivers.
All-New Ultium Battery System
The Cadillac LYRIQ is powered by GM’s new Ultium battery system, which offers approximately 100 kilowatt-hours of energy to deliver stirring performance.
Ultium’s state-of-the-art NCMA (nickel-cobalt-manganese-aluminum) chemistry uses aluminum in the cathode to help reduce the need for rare-earth materials such as cobalt. In fact, GM engineers reduced the cobalt content by more than 70 percent, compared to current GM batteries.
The advanced battery chemistry is packed in large, flat pouch cells that enable smart module construction to reduce complexity and simplify cooling needs. Additionally, the battery electronics are incorporated directly into the modules, eliminating nearly 90 percent of the battery pack wiring, compared to GM’s current electric vehicles.
Of course in a car that looks like this, you’re going to get a lot of technology inside. Check out its 33-inch-diagonal advanced LED display - it’s hard to miss. It integrates a single, large screen that spans the viewing area for the driver and incorporates driver information details, infotainment controls and camera views.
This new display has the highest pixel density available in the automotive industry today and can display over one billion colors, 64 times more than any other vehicle in the automotive industry.
Additional technology and interactive highlights include:
- Battery and charging monitoring with easy, at-a-glance graphics. The system identifies the vehicle’s energy needs at home and on the go, according to owner preferences, while also monitoring and forecasting energy consumption and providing charging suggestions.
- New dual-plane augmented reality-enhanced head-up display employs two planes: a near plane indicating speed, direction and more, and a far plane displaying transparent navigation signals and other important alerts.
- Super Cruise. LYRIQ will offer the enhanced version of the hands-free driver assistance feature, including lane change on demand.
- Supervised remote parking that uses ultrasonic sensors to help the LYRIQ park itself in parallel or perpendicular parking spaces.
Inside, the LYRIQ is airy and minimalistic. You’ll also find backlit speaker grilles, curved screens with hidden storage and, like the exterior, an orchestrated lighting feature. It’s also going to be a quiet cabin in terms of road noise thanks to a new road noise cancellation technology that introduces more microphones and accelerometers to improve noise cancellation abilities. With this new system, Cadillac’s performance and audio engineers can target the frequency range of tire cavity noise, to make the cabin quieter. Of course, turn up the optional 19-speaker AKG Studio sound system and you’ll experience another level of sound entirely, one designed to transport you “from a vehicle into a recording studio.”
Although unconfirmed, several websites are reporting the starting price to be under $75,000. However, as I’ve discussed on the Car Pro Show many times, starting prices mean nothing anymore due to sky-high options.