Cadillac has officially unveiled the 2023 Lyriq, its first battery-electric model that will be underpinned by General Motors’ Ultium platform. This is the first of a range of EVs that Cadillac will add to its lineup and will be followed by a sedan called the Celestiq. You can reserve a Lyriq starting in September with initial availability starting in the first half of 2022.
Powering the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq is a 12-module, 100-kWh lithium-ion battery and an electric motor with 340 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque mounted on the rear axle. Cadillac estimates that the Lyriq will be able to travel over 300 miles per charge. The Lyriq can be charged at a rate of 190 kW using a level 3 DC charger. That allows the car to gain back 76 miles in 10 minutes. Using a level 2/240-volt charger, the Lyriq is capable of charging at a rate of 19.2 kW, adding 52 miles in an hour. One-pedal driving and regeneration on-demand via a paddle shifter will be featured on the Lyriq.
The 2023 Lyriq will be offered with GM’s Super Cruise hands-free semi-autonomous driving assistance feature, active noise cancellation, 20- or 22-inch alloy wheels, and a dual-level charging cord. Cadillac’s latest infotainment system with a 33-inch display will also be available alongside a 19-speaker AKG audio system. Two exterior colors, Satin Steel Metallic and Stellar Black Metallic will be offered paired to either a Sky Cool Gray or Black interior theme.
Most of the design elements from the concept have remained including the enclosed black crystal grille. The simple interior layout dominated by the massive display, which serves as the centerpiece, remains too.
The 2023 Cadillac Lyriq will start at $59,990. Production starts in the first quarter of 2022 at GM’s Spring Hill, Tennessee facility, which recently received a $2 billion investment to support EV manufacturing and another $2.3 billion to for battery cell production for Ultium Cells, LLC., a joint venture between GM and LG Energy Solutions.