The Cadillac Lyriq Is Finally Hitting With Buyers
The Cadillac Lyriq is the American automaker’s relatively new entrant to the luxury EV SUV segment, sporting attractive bodywork, a luxe cabin, and over 300 miles of driving range. The Lyriq is still establishing itself in the market as it was introduced for the 2023 model year, but the compact all-electric crossover is beginning to establish itself among buyers.
Cadillac Lyriq sales are on the rise
According to sales figures from GoodCarBadCar, Cadillac Lyriq sales are trending upward at a staggering rate. Sales of the model reached 1,006 units its September, up from 36 units in September of last year, and annual sales of the Lyriq were 5,334 units through the first nine months of the year.
Of course, Cadillac began taking pre-orders for the Lyriq in mid-2022 before the model hit dealerships later last year, resulting in the 2,694% increase in September sales year-over-year, but these figures do showcase Caddy’s new EV SUV is finding its fair share of buyers.
It’s also catching up to the slightly more established EV SUVs. The Audi Q4 e-tron was introduced a year earlier than the Lyriq, the 2022 model year, and the Lyriq is already nipping at its heels for sales. Through September, the Lyriq trailed the Q4 e-tron in annual sales by about 700 units despite the e-tron’s annual sales being up over 761 percent.
The Lyriq still has a lot of catching up to do with the likes of the BMW iX (12,026 units sold through September) and the Tesla Model X (17,501 units sold so far this year), but its recent sales figures show it is still finding favor among luxury EV SUV buyers.
The Cadillac Lyriq gets updated in its second year
Though 2024 will mark just the second model year of the Lyriq, it is already receiving some notable updates.
The Lyriq is now available in two new trims, Tech and Sport, which join the existing Luxury grade. The Tech trim serves as the base model with a single electric motor motivating the rear wheels to the tune of 340 hp with a driving range of 314 miles. The Tech model starts at $58,590 MSRP, with the now-midrange Luxury commanding $62,690. The Sport model, which shares its underpinnings with the Luxury but adds some unique styling cues, starts at $63,190.
Other updates include new wheel designs, 22-inch units for the Sport model, and the availability of a 5G Wi-Fi hotspot, Nappa leather upholstery, tri-zone automatic climate control, heated rear seats, a panoramic sunroof, and adaptive headlights.
Buyers can also upgrade the Lyriq’s drivetrain to a 500-hp, all-wheel drive setup.
The Lyriq’s appeal to consumers
The Cadillac Lyriq is much like its stablemates that don’t wear a “Blackwing” badge — it’s more for the commuter than a corner carver.
However, the Lyriq certainly has its appeal among buyers, starting with its sharp exterior styling and modern cabin highlighted by a 33-inch curved LED touchscreen.
The Lyriq may not be able to match some of its close competitors with range, but it offers more than some models relatively close in price, like the Genesis GV70 Electrified. And there’s no significant range penalty for opting for an AWD version, which only lowers the expected range by seven miles. With standard DC fast charging, Cadillac says the Lyriq can gain up to 77 miles of range in just 10 minutes.
Cadillac’s new EV SUV may not be the most exciting model in its class to drive, but for those seeking style, comfort, a solid list of standard features, and agreeable range/charge times, the Lyriq is certainly worth a look.