While it’s unclear if the electric Camaro will bear a Cadillac badge, the luxury brand is going fully electric. And the first of its planned EVs is an electric SUV: the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq. It’s certainly made an impression with its concept-car-like looks and tech. And soon, potential buyers can start lining up to reserve one.
You can’t buy the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq yet, but you’ll be able to reserve it soon
First, the bad news: the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq isn’t officially out yet. While the electric Cadillac SUV is a real product, production won’t start until early 2022. That’s based on Cadillac’s claim that the first Lyriq deliveries will start in the first half of 2022. Meeting that claim, though, might require addressing the ongoing chip shortage and other supply-related woes.
However, while the EV isn’t out yet, reservations are about to open up. Starting on September 18, 2021, at 4 pm EDT/1 pm PDT, Cadillac will be accepting reservations for the 2023 Lyriq. As of this writing, though, there’s no word how much placing a reservation will cost.
How much will the electric Cadillac SUV cost?
While the reservation cost is unknown, we do know how much the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq will cost when sales start. The electric Cadillac SUV will start at $59,990; that includes destination but not additional taxes and fees.
Cadillac is considering making sportier versions of the 2023 Lyriq similar to its current V-Series models, Motor1 says. If so, they’ll undoubtedly cost more than $60K, as will any planned higher-end trims. And all-wheel drive will likely be an optional extra, too, MotorTrend reports.
However, that doesn’t mean the ‘base’ 2023 Cadillac Lyriq will be a barren luxury electric SUV. For one, the Lyriq has a 33” curved LED display with a layout and graphics designed by Territory Studio. A 19-speaker AKG audio system will also be offered, as well as GM’s SuperCruise advanced driver-assistance suite. And the base RWD Lyriq makes a claimed 340 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque.
To make that power, the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq is built on GM’s Ultium battery platform. In base form, the electric Cadillac SUV gets a 100-kWh battery pack that Cadillac is good for over 300 miles of range. Furthermore, it gets 76 miles of range back in 10 minutes on a DC fast charger. And on a Level 2 home charger, the Lyriq regains up to 52 miles of range per hour.
How does the Lyriq compare to the competition?
While the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq isn’t out yet, it will have several rivals waiting for it upon its release. The main ones are the Audi e-tron, the Jaguar I-Pace, and the Tesla Model Y, Autoblog says. And based on the confirmed specs available, Cadillac’s electric SUV is poised to put up a solid fight.
|Spec||2023 Cadillac Lyriq||2021 Audi e-tron Premium||2022 Jaguar I-Pace EV400||2021 Tesla Model Y Long Range|
|Starting price before tax credits||$59,990||$65,900||$69,900||$53,990|
|Power||340 hp||402 hp (in Boost Mode)||394 hp||384 hp (MotorTrend)|
|Torque||325 lb-ft||490 lb-ft (in Boost Mode)||412 lb-ft||376 lb-ft (MotorTrend)|
|Range||300+ miles (est.)||222 miles||234 miles (2021 model)||326 miles|
|Home charging time (0-100% with Level 2)||TBD||10 hours||10.17 hours||5-8 hours with Tesla wall charger (Carvana)|
In short, the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq isn’t the most powerful or the torquiest among these electric SUVs. But it does have the range advantage on all except the Model Y Long Range. And while the Tesla is cheaper, the Lyriq will likely be more luxurious.
So, if that appeals to you, mark your calendars for September 18th.
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