Cadillac launches pretty Lyriq EV, a clean-sheet, 300-mile luxury SUV

Daniel Fowler
August 9, 2020

Cadillac says that their new display has actually the highest pixel density in the automotive industry today, featuring over a billion colors -64 times more than any vehicle- to provide a truly stunning in-vehicle experience.

The Lyriq is a midsized SUV with a promised range of over 300 miles between charges that is scheduled to go on sale in the late 2022, when it will become Cadillac's first all-electric vehicle and compete with models like the Audi E-Tron Jaguar I-Pace and Tesla Model X.

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.

Charging options that fit a variety of preferences for home, the workplace and on the road - including DC fast charging rates over 150 kilowatts and Level 2 charging rates up to 19 kW2.

The Lyriq will be offered in rear-wheel and all-wheel drive configurations, as well as the hands-free Super Cruise driver-assistance system.

The expected power output that we heard is 250 kW (rear motor) and 180 kW (front motor), but it's not official for the production model.

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'Lyriq is probably the first real product that could be a legitimate volume entry, ' said Dan Levy, a Credit Suisse analyst. It can be hard to peer beyond this cascade of over-the-top bloviation, but certain things are clear: the design team is particularly stoked with its efforts on this clean-sheet Caddy, and the Ultium EV drive system that will underpin GMs electric future all the way up to the Hummer EV looks like a solid and flexible platform to build on. In addition, the Lyriq will sport GM's latest version of the SuperCruise driver assist suite, which now includes automated lane changing. Its 33-inch LED dashboard screen will serve as a control center in what feels like a move from Tesla. At the heart of the new modular architecture will be the large-format pouch battery cells manufactured at this new factory.

Moving around the interior, the curved, 33-inch combination digital driver display and infotainment screen sprawls across the dash. Cadillac's brass were gathered to present the new LYRIQ, an all-electric show auto that embodies the ambitious plans for the automaker's future. The battery's electronics are incorporated directly into the modules, allowing the removal of almost 90% of battery pack wiring compared to those in the company's current EVs, said GM. Fortunately the Lyriq has a lot going for it. But it will be a critical one for the Cadillac brand.

The Cadillac Lyriq is debuting about four months later than planned, with GM having postponed the reveal because of the coronavirus.

Cadillac will also introduce a new road noise cancellation technology, which uses more microphones and accelerometers than before.

"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.

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