By on August 7, 2020


The Cadillac Lyriq’s final production form remains unknown, but the “show car” revealed late Thursday is said to be a fairly close representation of the real thing. That show car is also not far removed from a conceptual rendering released in January 2019, previewing a vehicle that will enter production in late 2022 as a 2023 model.

A lot can happen in the span of more than three and a half years: Buzz can wear off, unreleased products can grow outdated, rivals can catch up. Imagine if Chrysler’s “Suddenly, it’s 1960” collection of 1957 creations were first teased in early 1953.

Cadillac’s betting that the Lyriq’s attributes will remain fresh come roll-out time, and that could very well prove true.

Vehicle development obviously takes time, but time will also tell whether Cadillac was right to start teasing at the beginning of that cycle in a bid to telegraph its newfound commitment to electric vehicles.


Riding atop General Motors’ next-generation modular EV architecture, the Lyriq will be able to ply roadways for 300 miles or more without recharging, GM says, all thanks to the automaker’s new Ultium battery technology. This platform/battery combo will find a home in numerous GM products and a number of Caddy models scheduled to follow in the Lyriq’s wake.

“Led by LYRIQ, Cadillac will redefine American luxury over the next decade with a new portfolio of transformative EVs,” said newly minted GM North America president Steve Carlisle, formerly the singular boss of Cadillac. “We will deliver experiences that engage the senses, anticipate desires and enable our customers to go on extraordinary journeys.”

This midsize crossover’s extraordinary journey to production will see it stacked against a bevy of European EVs upon release, to say nothing of the green product surge incoming from domestic and Japanese rivals. But luxury is all about making the driver feel special, and Cadillac feels it knows the right ingredients.


First off, the Lyriq is a rear-drive vehicle — appropriate for the class, though an all-wheel drive, twin-motor performance variant will be in the offing. Weight distribution is said to fall close to 50:50. And quietness will factor heavily into the experience.

To this end, Cadillac promises “a new road noise cancellation technology” that incorporates additional microphones and accelerometers. “With this new system, Cadillac’s performance and audio engineers can target the frequency range of tire cavity noise, reducing the noise level in the vehicle and allowing for a quieter in-cabin experience,” the automaker stated.


In this hushed cabin, occupants can bask in the glow of a massive 33-inch LCD dash screen and thrill themselves with its class-leading pixel density, or brush their fingers over the vehicle’s ornate, console-mounted rotary control knob. Updated Super Cruise driver-assist is an obvious must for the vehicle.

While some interior features stand to diverge from what Cadillac displayed on Thursday night, the jury’s out on what alterations might occur to the body. Caddy seems settled on the Lyriq’s modernistic, sharp-edged “black crystal” front fascia, though the wayward taillights, which migrate midway through the partially concave sail panels and appear as well in two other places, seem like design overkill. They curve partway along the bottom of the rear glass and stab upward alongside the frivolous bumper vents. There’s just a lot of taillight going on.


Capable of fast-charging at a rate higher than than 150 kW (how much higher, the automaker doesn’t say), the Lyriq’s 300-plus miles can be added at home via a Level 2 charger of up to 19 kW strength.

Power, space, range, and a premium profile — the Lyriq seems to incorporate the ingredients SUV buyers want, but we’ll have to wait and see whether the supposedly pent-up demand for non-Tesla EVs materializes on cue.


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51 Comments on “2023 Cadillac Lyriq: The Future Is Now, but Also 2023...”

  • avatar

    I actually like the way it looks, but whether anyone will want one, we’ll see

    • 0 avatar

      Looks really good. Sufficiently different to announce its electrified powertrain which seems to be what buyers in this segment like.

      I am curious as to the price for this though. I am guessing that the price will be far from mainstream. I suppose high end halo type vehicles pave the way for more adaptation in more mainstream models down the road, but I suspect that this would not have a starting price below $60k. I can imagine that GM would like to try and push high end trims close to six figures.

      That being said, I think the Mustang Mach-E looks better, will be ready sooner and probably have a more reasonable price tag. I would love to buy an electric vehicle, I just need the range, charging network and reliability track record to improve to where I honestly see it as a legitimate substitute for ICE. Not to mention a price that is close to ICE counterparts as well.

  • avatar

    Do you know the Lyriq?

    Nah but if you hum the tune I can fake it.

  • avatar

    Massive (non-functional) front grille? Check!
    Huge chrome wheels with ultra low profile tires? Check!
    Sloped “coupe” hatch? Check!
    Piano black interior? Check!
    Floating roof design? Check!
    Huge digital dash? Check!
    Wrap around tail light bar? Check!

    Looks like it hits all the current trends.

    • 0 avatar

      I wonder if the LEDs in the grille will oscillate like Knightrider?

    • 0 avatar

      Rear view for driving will be provided by video enabled display. That will be great ‘till it’s Chineseium guts take a dump and GM will charge $1500 for a replacement. The second hand owner will then run down to AutoZone for a glue on mirror which will be useless.

      JMII. Spot on for all points.

    • 0 avatar

      The interior looks pretty nice. Five years ago, it would have been cutting edge. Now most mid-market cars resemble luxury cars inside.
      The styling is, to be diplomatic, controversial. The “class” that Cadillac should exude is missing. Proportions are all wrong – huge wheels, squished body,
      unnecessary angles and stretched out taillights. Being different sets you apart, but this takes the Honda Civic look to another level.
      Electric cars don’t HAVE to look like science fiction, such as the Tesla truck.
      The electric skateboard can have whatever classic design shell the automaker wants to put on top.

  • avatar

    The 50:50 weight distribution is smart – shows that Cadillac is taking advantage of the design flexibility afforded by EV powertrains. (Or are they just playing catch-up at this point?)

    [That is a very non-Lutzian steering wheel thickness-to-diameter ratio.]

    • 0 avatar

      Meh. They are just throwing this spec around hoping that everyone will associate it with sports car handling and by extension good design/engineering.

      For reference, with a weeks worth of groceries in the trunk our family minivan has a 50/50 weight distribution.

      the design flexibility with EVs should allow for low frontal areas (minimal grille sizes…), low CG, interior packaging efficiency… it doesn’t seem like any of that is being leveraged here in the design or marketing.

  • avatar

    It’s not bad looking, I like the homage to the cadillac taillights of yore. But for a vehicle still 2 years away it looks a lot like todays Land Rover Evoque and the Jaguar F-Pace, just to name a few. By the time it gets to market, new design will have passed it by.

  • avatar

    If I’m still alive in 2025 I’ll grab one of these coming off lease likely a screaming deal.

  • avatar

    So in January 2019 we got a drawing of an EV crossover. Now in August 2020 we get….a better drawing of an EV crossover, that doesn’t go on sale for at least 2 more years. I am so excited. Where can I preorder this?

  • avatar

    I think it looks unique, but not *good*. The rear especially needs some work. And with their commitment to EV and whatever else they’re claiming, why’s it taking so long?

    Ps. You know where you shouldn’t put piano black trim? The steering wheel.

    • 0 avatar

      “And with their commitment to EV and whatever else they’re claiming, why’s it taking so long?”

      GM’s EV plans are getting weird these days. Right now we know they can build a 259 mile, 200hp compact hatchback that starts at $36K using a 60kWh battery. There is supposed to a CUV version of the Bolt starting production in the middle of 2021 that will likely have a slightly larger battery pack. But price, range, etc. on it are unknown.

      Then they are going to have a $??? priced HUMMER EV truck & SUV that has 1000hp and 400 mile range. This is to start production at the end of 2021.

      The Lyriq comes out for the 2023 MY is priced at ???, has ??? power and a range of “300 miles or more”.

      Cadillac also has the Celestiq, which I’ve seen listed as a 2023 model, that will apparently cost $200K and has a currently unknown range and power output.

      For 2025 there should be an EV Silverado/Sierra which has “over 300 miles” of range and a 200kWh battery pack. 2025 is long time away in business years though.

      • 0 avatar

        A lot of this is based on GM’s expectations for the new “Ultium” battery, which this car is apparently equipped with.

        If this is as impressive on the road as it is on paper, then GM will definitely have something, particularly with larger, taller vehicles. Electrified trucks, anyone? I’ve long been a fan of that idea.

        But this IS GM…where great ideas die and go to laugable-execution hell.

        We will see, I suppose.

  • avatar

    That taillight treatment is Gawdawful…let’s hope they rethink that before production. Otherwise, looks pretty good.

    • 0 avatar

      “That taillight treatment is Gawdawful”

      I wish manufacturers would stop creating cars with really weird light configurations. These strange lights making driving at night more confusing than it needs to be.

  • avatar

    There’s a whole lot to like in the design. It’s relatively unique without being “out there.” I look at the front end and think “how will they keep it clean and chip-free” (just like I think on the front of current Teslas, so it must be possible).

    That back end, however, is a mess. Like I always say with GM design – they just don’t know when to put the pen down…..

  • avatar

    By the way, where’s Deadweight? This article is screaming for some attention from him.

  • avatar

    Maybe if you could take the powertrain from this and transplant it into a 1972 SdV floating barge, it could be rebadged as “SeasIQ”?

  • avatar

    So they took what could be an MCE of the current Blazer, stuck a fake plastic clear grille on it and stuck on a current 2021 Excalade dash in it and I’m supposed to be wowed. I’m not!

  • avatar
    Dave M.

    Doesn’t do anything for me but I don’t play in these leagues so Cadillac probably couldn’t care less.

  • avatar

    Yes! Will be as successful as ELR.

  • avatar

    Being curious about the difficulties of ramping up EV production I found this article in Forbes:

    Not that any ramp-up from onesy-twosies was ever easy, but this sounds like a real mess.

    Anybody on here able to shed some light as to whether this article is a good description of the challenges involved?

    • 0 avatar


      For one thing, the guy is a senior research fellow at the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. So, no bias there! LMFAO.

      He complains about the use of cobalt, but market forces (it’s expensive) are causing entrepreneurs in North America to build mines and cell manufacturers to eliminate it from their formulas. He also claims 30,000 pounds of carbon-dioxide emissions for an EV, but provides no information to back it up. It’s proprietary information that he doesn’t have. In truth, it probably varies from company to company and varies by the source of the material. There are companies working on clean sources of the materials like the one using geothermal power to produce lithium from the Salton Sea, so whatever the number really is, it’s going to improve.

      Same with power sources. Coal plants, at least where I live, have gone away. Improvements in renewables via power storage facilities should make power sources cleaner. You even have the power to choose your own source to a certain extent. I’m going to install solar soon, so I’ll essentially have a solar-powered car. Most of my vacation trips are places that have hydropower. My workplace with the longest commute gets its power from a Bloom Energy Fuel Cell. Sure, some places still have coal power, but power generation cleanness is improving.

      This clown that wrote the article is an employee of the Saudia Arabian government that definitely doesn’t want to see their oil sales dropping. He was paid to write a negative article. Anything positive and someone would have shown up with a bone saw.

    • 0 avatar

      If you read to the end of the article, you find the author “worked in the oil and gas sector as an economist in both private industry and in think tanks…” so there’s that.

      I’d say some of his points are salient, but they also assume there will be no developments in battery or energy production technology. He’s way off base on those points – for example, the battery in this Caddy will need 70% less cobalt than current batteries do. And renewable energy is becoming more and more prevalent as its’ price comes down. Things like that make a big difference.

      He also rightly criticizes the fact that the materials for current batteries come from human-rights violators like the Congo, but ignores that much of our oil supply comes from other major violators (middle eastern states, Venezuela, Nigeria, etc).

      If the history tells us anything, it’s that if an idea is good, the technology to support it is bound to develop. The computer I’m typing this on right now required tech that was science fiction in the ’80s. As EVs become more popular, look for something similar to happen.

      • 0 avatar

        @mcs, @FreedMike,

        Thanks for the info. I figured it probably wasn’t as bad as he made it sound, but not quite the panacea that some of greens make it sound like. In short, the usual.

        • 0 avatar

          I don’t think of electrics as a “green panacea” – the real panacea is actually fusion power. THAT will change the game the same way petroleum did at the turn of the 20th century.

          I think a lot of the push you’re seeing with EVs isn’t the EVs themselves, but to build all the infrastructure needed to support them. That’s going to be a HUGE business opportunity.

          • 0 avatar

            “but not quite the panacea that some of greens make it sound like.”

            Yeah, there’s definitely some work to be done. For me, I like the middle road. I like my EVs and solar power, but at the same time take in a major amount of income from oil revenue, help restore vintage gas guzzlers, and can’t wait to ride in my friend’s newly acquired Trabant. I kind of balance things out.

            “the real panacea is actually fusion power.”

            It’s going to happen. About 5 years before they perfect autonomous vehicles. :^)

            Actually, there has been some slow progress there. Someone’s building a reactor using a magnet able to lift an aircraft carrier. Supposedly 500MW from 50MW. I’m glad they don’t give up on it.


          • 0 avatar


            “HUGE business opportunity.”

            Yeah, it’s the amount of money to be make on all this that makes it tough to know whose information to believe…

            Of course, I don’t mean to suggest that any of the players would have anything other than the greatest common good as their main motivation:-)

  • avatar

    It’s starting to look like the “Woke Mob” won’t like large mouthed grilles and tall stance, saying it is intimidating to pedestrians and should be banned. It’s gonna start permeating to the rich who drive these kinds of cars.

    • 0 avatar


      Is there anything the wokes do like other than chaos and destruction?

      • 0 avatar

        Yeah, they’d like an honest government who’s more concerned with the well being of all it’s citizens then the looting of it’s finances for personal gain. The “chaos and destruction” comes from a lack of leadership from it’s administrators who would rather heap one lie upon the next then to come up with a workable plan for a healthy recovery

        I don’t know who these “wokes” are, but if they’re the folks who want to safely get back to normal without being gas-lit with phony statistics and snake oil “cures” from Voodoo witch doctors then I’m with them

        I also think most people have more to worry about then large mouthed grilles

        • 0 avatar
          Arthur Dailey

          Chaos (definition): The management style currently used in the Oval Office.

          Regarding the proposed Cadillac, I do not believe it is what they need to be successful. But then I do not represent the view of the majority of auto ‘journalists’ nor am I in Cadillac’s current target market. So what I think really has no influence on them.

          What concerns me much more, is not its looks, content or specifications, but where it will be manufactured and where parts will be sourced from.

        • 0 avatar


          The “woke mob” more refers to the people running around looting, torching and pulling down statues.

          I assume your idea about how to fix all this would be to install Sleepy Joe (or more likely his VP) in the obround office. Sometimes it blows my mind how people get so attached to one side or other of the partisan politics circus in the good ol’ USA.

          I wish I had some confidence that either side is going to do right by us. But, the fact that the US war machine has continued to run seamlessly through multiple changes of administration belies the idea that it will make a great difference whether we get a D or an R installed.

          • 0 avatar

            ” to install Sleepy Joe”

            Shh, don’t wake him up!

          • 0 avatar
            Arthur Dailey

            Ike warned about the military industrial complex.

            However the jingoism that has been foisted on Americans since then makes it dangerous to challenge the military.

            Coupled with the importance of military procurement/production to the American economy.

            Millions of idealistic Americans have joined the military either because of patriotism or looking for a better life. Due to loyalty to their comrades, they rarely support or even research the righteousness of their orders/actions.

            One great fear is that as American living standards decline in comparison with other nations, and as other nations challenge the USA economically, that it will increasingly fall into the trap that citizens of Great Britain and the USSR fell into. Basing national prestige/esteem on military power/adventures.

      • 0 avatar

        “Is there anything the wokes do like other than chaos and destruction?”

        Yeah. Total chaos and total destruction.

        • 0 avatar

          I think they like manipulating things so that they are in a position to take unfair advantage. And, they seem to like doing utterly infuriating things and then trying to destroy anyone who has the nerve to complain about what they’re doing.

          It’s all so tired, so trite and so leadenly dreary. Plus ce change…

  • avatar

    I think it’s a better looking Lexus.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    It’s not terrible.

    The result of the noise canceling technology may be stunning. EVs are already very quiet inside, to the point of being socially awkward with your passengers at red lights. I’m not aware of any other EV mfr who has attempted to make an EV even more quiet.

  • avatar

    factory donk

  • avatar

    I’d bet Caddy dealers took one look at the Lyriq and started trying to figure out how install a vinyl roof cover around those taillights. It’s gonna happen.

  • avatar

    Cadillac has great engineers and designers. We’ve seen, over and over, what they can do…the show cars….the real V cars.

    Once they show their world class ability, the car then goes to production, who takes the ideas and mediocratizes them.

    This is another example of a Cadillac that would be killer if it was in production. What gets out of the GM blender will have a 3.6 HFV6 and a bland interior….it won’t be this car.

    Sad, because GM spends all that money on these engineers and designers, then ignores what they were paid to produce.

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