This is a detailed review of the new Cadillac Lyriq electric SUV.
The Cadillac Lyriq is the brand's first electric vehicle and the first of any GM product to use the new modular electric platform, powered by the company's Ultium long-range batteries. The Lyriq's 100-kilowatt-hour setup gives it 300 miles of range, level 2 charging rates of up to 19 kilowatts, and DC fast-charging of more than 150 kilowatts.
In terms of performance, Cadillac says the Lyriq will come in both a standard rear-wheel-drive configuration and a "performance" all-wheel-drive option. And with the Ultium battery pack positioned low to the ground and a near 50/50 weight balance, the Lyriq should handle decently well, too. The company doesn't say how much power the Lyriq produces just yet.
Visually, the Lyriq wears the brand's new design language, which incorporates a unique "grille" with distinctive lighting elements, multiple vents within the bumper, and very slim, vertical headlights. There's also a pretty interesting lighting element in the rear, with traditional taillights on the upper half of the body and angular LEDs down low. From what we can tell, some of those features – like the headlights and mirrors – aren't production-ready. Cadillac says that the Lyriq pictured here is a prototype that's about 85 percent finished.
Inside, the Lyriq has one of the largest infotainment displays anywhere. A 33.0-inch-diagonal LED display sits front and center, and it's a single, massive screen that extends from behind the steering wheel to the center of the dash. That massive screen can display over 1 billion colors, and offers readouts for things like battery charging and monitoring, an augmented-reality head-up display, remote parking, and the latest version of Super Cruise.