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2024 Cadillac LYRIQ: GM’s Electrified Luxury Expansion

Experienced by Kimatni Rawlins

Are you ready for a new wave of digitized and electrified future vehicles from the mobility sector? What about American luxury brands that have created decades of classic stories for loyalists and aficionados? You would be hard-pressed to find someone lacking an epic Caddy memory, especially in the urban community. Now, we are transitioning into battery-driven cars and trucks that continue to provide opulence and stately comfort features. One such example is the all-electric 2024 Cadillac LYRIQ, which has spearheaded the Detroit automaker’s electrified journey since its introduction in 2022.

General Motors is ensuring that its Cadillac division is at the top of its game in almost every auto sector as the automaker continues introducing newfangled Ultium EV Platform-driven products to auto buyers waving green thumbs. In fact, Cadillac just confirmed the expansion of its electric vehicle portfolio with the announcement of the three-row 2026 VISTIQ SUV, which will slide between the 2025 ESCALADE IQ (450 estimated miles of range) and the LYRIQ. The automaker additionally announced the entry-level 2025 OPTIQ to attract global luxury consumers. Last but not least, financially secure investors can sort out a bespoke all-electric CELESTIQ, which is Cadillac’s ideological answer to the Rolls-Royce Spectre. This ultra-sedan’s radical styling and methodically crafted details are reserved for connoisseurs of all things elegant. Thus, with five electric vehicles primed for ascension, Cadillac is ready for growing luxury EV competition.

Cadillac is currently engaging a new EV audience utilizing the skillsets of the LYRIQ. We recently showcased the signature EV at a golf classic in Maryland, where attendees enjoyed intimate closeness with its distinctive appeal. This EV SUV stole the show as nearly everyone inquisitively asked what Cadillac model they were laying eyes on. And of course, half of the crowd had a unique and passionate Cadillac story to share.

With a starting MSRP of $58,590 for the LYRIQ TECH, buyers can also choose the $62,690 LYRIQ LUXURY or the $63,190 LYRIQ SPORT, the trim I tested. Though, Cadillac put me in the SPORT 3, which topped out at $78,295. All prices mentioned exclude the $1,395 delivery and processing fee. The  LYRIQ is offered with either RWD or AWD ($3,500). The elegant, power, dual panel sunroof is a $1,600 add-on. Owners may also want to pair the vehicle with the 19.2 kW AC charging module at $1,480.

On the road the smooth-sailing LYRIQ achieves roughly 314 miles (RWD) and 307 miles (AWD) of electric range utilizing the 102-kilowatt-hour battery pack from General Motors’ Ultium EV Platform. The LYRIQ took off on me more than once when I required full acceleration to escape specific traffic scenarios. Some of the benefits of Ultium include a low center of gravity, Regen on Demand, One-Pedal Driving (not my thing), and near 50/50 weight distribution. Owners can restore 77 miles of energy in about 10 minutes at DC fast charging stations (190 kW). Level 2 (AC) charging up to 19.2 kW will add 51 miles of range per hour. I have a ChargePoint Home Flex unit at my house so recouping energy was seamless once I returned. The RWD LYRIQ distributes 340-horsepower and the AWD kicks out 500 electric horses. To adapt to various road conditions you can alter the drive modes consisting of Tour, Snow/Ice, Sport and My Mode.

Aesthetically, the crossover SUV features a captivating sport-illuminated front grille, 20″ split 6-spoke alloy wheels, 20” dynamic 12-spokes, or the alluring 22” dynamic split-spoke “Reverse Rim” alloys and Michelin tires. Obsidian Chrome and dark accent finishes, a hands-free power liftgate, a rear camera mirror, and flushed door handles that pop out inversely when you unlock the doors are a few more details. The LYRIQ is prolific when you gauge its stretched body and stylish amenities. New hues include Argent Silver Metallic, Radiant Red Tintcoat, Celestial Metallic, Nimbus Metallic, and Emerald Lake Metallic.

Inside the cabin, you will discover a floating center console with a rotary dial to manipulate the elongated, curved 33″ diagonal advanced LED screen that spans the entire viewing area of the driver. It integrates vehicle stats, infotainment controls, battery details, apps, music, Apple CarPlay, tri-zone climate control, massaging seat controls, and camera views. Also, expect Google built-in, the latest version of Cadillac Super Cruise hands-free driver assistance (not my thing), a 19-speaker AKG Studio audio system with headrest speakers, a Digital Key for vehicle access, and an augmented reality head-up display. The AKG is engineered with next-generation active noise cancellation, while the cabin incorporates movement and vehicle inclination sensors. Select the Nappa Leather Package in Juniper or Oxford Stone for extended attraction.

The Cadillac LYRIQ is built alongside other Cadillac SUVs as part of the brand’s strategy to balance EV and gas model production during the transition to an all-electric future.

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