First Driving Impression: 2023 Cadillac Lyriq

Last Thursday we traveled to Salt Lake City, Utah with the goal of seeing for the first time, in person and driving, the new, all-electric 2023 Cadillac Lyriqa crossover that introduces several design and technological innovations, as well as ushering in a new era for the brand.

In principle, Cadillac launches the debut edition with rear-wheel drive, a vehicle that includes the basic GM Ultium 102 kW 12-module battery pack, which offers an approximate range of 313 miles. These values ​​place the Lyriq among the vehicles of its type with the most autonomy, only surpassed by the Tesla Model Y (330 miles) and the BMW iX (324 miles).

2023 Cadillac Lyriq Debut Edition

This Debut Edition, which is what we tested in Utah, includes a permanent magnet electric motor with GM Ultium technology, which offers 340 horsepower (255 kW) and 440 Nm of torque almost instantaneous.

The other version will be four-wheel drive (4WD) which is expected by the end of this year. This vehicle will include two permanent magnet motors and offers 500 horsepower (373 kW). Cadillac has not yet provided torque values ​​for this version.

The Lyriq is based on GM’s Ultium platform, which is at the heart of GM’s electric vehicle strategy.

2023 Cadillac Lyriq Debut Edition

Its battery can be charged at home, thanks to a 19.2 kW charging module that can add up to 52 miles of range per hour of charge. It can also be charged at public high-speed stations at 190 kW, adding a range of 76 miles in about just 10 minutes of charging.

2023 Cadillac Lyriq Debut Edition

In addition, the Lyriq features Cadillac’s REGEN-on-demand technology, through which the driver can control how quickly this crossover can slow down or come to a complete stop using the pressure-sensitive paddle located behind the steering wheel. . It also has the One-Pedal Driving system, which, like the sensitive paddle behind the wheel, works by generating energy thanks to regenerative braking. Ultium’s energy recovery system captures and reuses residual battery energy, which can increase vehicle range, reduce battery energy needed for heating, increase charging speed and even allow for a sportier drive .

In terms of suspension, this is the first Cadilac SUV to be equipped with a 5-link suspension system and also the first to be equipped with frequency-dependent dampers.

The exterior shows off a crossover with its own character, with a front end featuring a laser-worked “grill,” showing lines that let through the animated illumination of LED lights. From the side you can see an elongated figure, with its own character, although the rear part does not convince me very much, it looks too big to describe it better.

2023 Cadillac Lyriq Debut Edition

The interior is luxurious, with seats upholstered in very soft leather and very comfortable, both the driver’s and passenger’s seats, as well as those in the second row of seats. The interior space is huge and so is the cargo area. Luxury is also seen in the doors, where open-pore ash wood trim and laser-cut triangles can be seen on their panels, revealing 28-color ambient lighting.

2023 Cadillac Lyriq Debut Edition

The infotainment system and instrument panel use a single, stunning 33-inch color touchscreen. This system offers great graphics and in addition to the touch controls on the huge screen, the Lyriq offers physical buttons on the center console. This system works great, both with Apple CarPlay, as well as with Android Auto, both wirelessly.

In addition, on the Lyriq’s giant screen, one can see the navigation system both in the infotainment area (right of the screen), as well as where the instrument panel is normally located (facing the driver), which helps avoid distractions from having to look to the right side of the screen while driving.

2023 Cadillac Lyriq Debut Edition

As with many GM vehicles, the Cadillac Lyriq integrates several Google services, including the Google Assistant, which one can consult directly through voice, without pressing any buttons, and also integrates Google Maps, so navigation is very easy. easy, as if we do it from our smartphone.

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The sound system, an AKG working in concert with 19 speakers, including two in each of the driver’s and front passenger’s seat headrests, delivers out-of-this-world sound with uncommon fidelity and power.

2023 Cadillac Lyriq Debut Edition

Driving

Despite being a heavy and wide vehicle, it is agile and fun to drive. Its suspension absorbs irregularities in the road very easily and allows a serene ride.

In terms of acceleration, before trying it and knowing the specifications, it did not seem to me that it could be that fast, but it is, much more than I expected.

2023 Cadillac Lyriq Debut Edition

Curves are not a problem for this vehicle that, with the batteries in the cabin floor, offers an optimal center of gravity. In the curves, the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq grips the pavement perfectly, without offering unexpected reactions, even in tight curves and at higher speeds than we can consider normal.

The Lyriq offers 4 different driving modes that play with the response of the accelerator pedal, the direction and even the artificial sound of the engine. The modes are the Sport (Sport), the Tour (normal) mode, a personal mode that one can configure to your liking and the mode configured for snow and ice conditions.

2023 Cadillac Lyriq Debut Edition

Finally, and based on the fact that in an electric vehicle the typical noises of gasoline vehicles are eliminated by their engines and the classic vibrations, Cadillac went further, doing a spectacular job in terms of suppressing noise from outside. as often happens on the highway at 65 miles per hour. In this Lyriq the noise of tires and the wind are history.

On the roads around Park City, Utah, at the fastest speed we could move to avoid getting a traffic ticket :-), outside noise was minimal and you could almost only hear the noise of the air conditioning when in a medium level of ventilation and with the audio system turned off.

2023 Cadillac Lyriq Debut Edition

Unfortunately, the Super Cruise autonomous driving system was not yet implemented in this vehicle, which will be ready by the end of 2022.

I liked this vehicle so much that I already want to be able to test the other four-wheel drive version that will be ready by the end of the year. Cadillac did a very good job in the design and development of the Lyriq, which, without a doubt, I am sure will be a benchmark in the luxury electric market.

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