2023 Cadillac redefines luxury with the Lyriq

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Cadillac released their new Lyriq in late 2018, and it's a game changer. It's not just a car, it's an innovation. The Lyriq is more mainstream than the Tesla and is less radical than the Nissan Leaf, yet still comes with some revolutionary features.

Cadillac has always been about stylish cars and cutting-edge products. The Escalade is a perfect example of this, providing folks with a more than powerful vehicle. With the rise of electric vehicles, it is imperative that brands prepare for this monumental shift too. Cadillac managed to do so on their own terms and managed to make their car more relevant and appealing while retaining their brand values.

Cadillac really has done a great job through their new Lyriq. It goes with their traditional approach and is the first mainstream EV SUV on the market. It's also less radical than Tesla, yet more comfortable.

There is no doubt the Lyriq looks striking and handsome. They are aimed at a competitive segment, which is at the right time of year. This platform from GM allows the designer to put their own personal spin on it, resulting in an impressive and powerful product.

The headlights of this Cadillac are like a crystal black membrane, featuring the powerful and energetic choreographed lighting sequence. Meanwhile, the grille is sleek and athletic while still presenting a proud take on Cadillac's luxury qualities. However, this is remarkably close to the concept version, with a distinct coupe-like tapering roof line. An electric vehicle architecture offers several advantages to designers and the Lyriq is only one of many soft roaders with more powerful dual-motor AWD models in the offing.

The interior is typical Cadillac, with plenty of sci-fi detailing and plush materials. The LED display is a wide 33 inches, and it greets you from most of the dashboard area. You might be surprised to see that this SUV offers so many advanced features. Most notably, it has an Active Noise Cancellation system, AKG Studio 19-speaker audio system with headrest speakers, a digital key and a dual-level charge cord.

While the range may not be impressive, this vehicle is capable of significant performance with a high-end luxury appeal. This SUV comes equipped with an EPA estimated 312 miles of range on a full charge and 350 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque.

The Lyriq can charge quickly at a high capacity for public stations. Its fast DC charging offers you up to 76 miles of range in 10 minutes. For home charging, there is a 9.2 kW charging module, which can add up to 52 miles of range per hour of charge.

Like all EVs, there is one-pedal driving and the ability to customize the regen on offer. The light and stable Lyriq is like nothing you've seen at an SUV class before. With a lower center of gravity and perfect weight distribution, it's harder for its bulky appearance to fool drivers into confusing it for a traditional vehicle. There are also athletic elements that help make the car easier to handle on winding roads.

The 2023 Cadillac Lyriq isn't the quickest electric vehicle out there but what it lacks in speed, it makes up for in style. Offering a sharp-suited design that still harkens back to the traditional values seen in Cadillac's past while also being a fundamentally appealing luxury crossover.

It does not just put all the cards into sporting supercar-like acceleration as it’s more of a luxury EV that people will like, especially given the $59,990 price tag. Going by how fast the car sold out, it sure looks like that and now reservations for the 2024 models will begin early next year.