SELF-ASSESSMENT: 2023 Lyriq EV is a return to form for Cadillac –

By Larry Printz

The 2023 Cadillac Lyriq (Mueller/Cadillac/TNS)

(Tribune News Service/TNS) – It’s hard to remember exactly when Cadillac lived up to its old advertising slogan, “The Standard of the World.” It was once more than a slogan; it was true.

Sure, Cadillac sells some great rides, like its new high-performance Blackwing models. But the company has long struggled to regain its former dominance in the luxury market. It’s a crowded and competitive field, and Cadillac executives have marked the brand’s transition to an all-electric lineup for its re-emergence. This makes the Lyriq their most important product in years, and the first true Cadillac since the launch of the second-generation CTS sedan, coupe and wagon in 2003.

The Lyriq’s excellence is evident in its engineering, design and execution, with GM sweating the details like few cars in its current lineup.

Nearly identical to the concept vehicle that spawned it, the Lyriq’s look is fresh and modern, especially its fascia, which uses a unique lighting design that includes vertical LED headlights and a subtle, Cadillac heritage grille shape. which is fresh. The overall body has short front and rear overhangs, and its standard 20-inch wheels give it an appropriate stance, while the taut sheetmetal looks both refined and modern. The vehicle’s sloping rear is a bit cluttered, but its lighting is distinctly Cadillac, even if its shape is new.

As with most battery-electric vehicles, the Lyriq is built using a skateboard-style platform that places the batteries and drivetrain between the frame rails and under the floor, allowing for a spacious cabin. thanks to the absence of a transmission tunnel in the center of the cabin. (Electric vehicles have motors at each axle; there is no need for them.)

Interior details are impressive, with design details that set this car apart from older Cadillacs. Unlike other Caddies that date back decades, there are no interior—or exterior—components shared with another GM vehicle. There are lots of knurled buttons and flat touch surfaces that activate different vehicle functions. But they have to be pushed physically; you can’t activate them by casually rubbing them. Even when there are physical buttons, such as the toggles for temperature control, the little arrows next to the temperature display jump up or down depending on whether you’ve changed the temperature down. up or down – just one of the many thoughtful extras you’ll discover as you drive the vehicle. And you’ll want to drive the vehicle.

The driver faces a custom 22-inch LED display that houses the instrument cluster and infotainment system, which runs on Google’s new car operating system, as well as wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a Wi-Fi hotspot, Qi wireless charging and an impressive AKG sound system. Everything worked perfectly and quickly. The same can be said of transmission.


While GM plans to offer all-wheel-drive versions of the Lyriq with a motor on each axle, the initial model has a motor driving the rear wheels, powered by a 100-kilowatt-hour Ultium lithium-ion battery. It generates 340 horsepower and 324 pound-feet of torque, and goes from 0-60 in about 6.5 seconds. The all-wheel-drive model, which should go on sale next year, is expected to produce 550 horsepower. The rear-drive model travels around 312 miles on each charge and can recharge at a rate of 76 miles in 10 minutes using a quick charger.

But when it came time to drive, the Lyriq feels faster than GM’s estimates, thanks to its EV drivetrain. Like other EVs, all the torque is available instantly, giving it an off-the-line feeling of speed. The Lyriq’s battery gives it a low center of gravity which undoubtedly improves its handling thanks to its adaptive suspension. It stays flat in the corners and ensures passengers stay comfortable by deftly soaking up the tough stuff that our country’s crumbling infrastructure typically offers. And, like a college library on a Saturday night, it’s incredibly quiet, an ambience enhanced by heaps of soundproofing, insulated side windows, and active noise cancellation.

Everything adds up. The Lyriq is a surefire hit, with impeccable design, world-class engineering and the refined handling you’d expect from a luxury SUV. In fact, the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq is so good you might be tempted to call it the standard of the world.

Cadillac Lyriq 2023

Base price: $62,990

Powertrain: Permanent magnet electric motor

Power/Torque: 340/325 lb-ft

EPA Fuel Economy: Not Available

Length/Width/Height: 196.7/77.8/63.9 inches

Curb Weight: 5,610 lbs.

Cargo capacity: 28 to 60.8 cubic feet

Towing capacity: 3,500 pounds

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