Cadillac LYRIQ BEV Revealed

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  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    [​IMG] Its GMs EV 3.0 project and the Luxury brands first.

    Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – August 6, 2020

    Introducing the Cadillac LYRIQ


    GMs EV 1.0 beginnings saw the EV1 introduced as the automakers first serious foray into the BEV marketplace. The 1996 intro saw 1,117 EV1s produced for lease only. All were picked up after the owner’s lease period and crushed. It was more of a trial balloon than anything serious and created buzz. A few live on as mostly undrivable curiosity pieces today.

    GM’s EV 2.0 program imho occurred with the introduction of the Volt in Dec. of 2010 as a 2011 model before its demise in early 2019 after selling more than 180k units globally. The model was a money loser despite volumes exceeding initial sales expectations.

    Within GMs second EV project reboot, the fully electric Bolt was introduced in late 2016. With less than 95k sold globally since its introduction and the U.S. Federal Tax Credit phased out in April 2020 it will carry on as a money loser with the next gen 2022 MY scheduled for late 2021.

    Moving on to GMs latest EV 3.0 program push as described in GM’s New Ultium Batteries and Near Future EV Platform Details, the automaker plans to reach profitability and large market share penetration almost immediately. The third attempt at EV vehicle profitability begins today with the reveal of the Cadillac’s debut of the LYRIQ fully electric crossover.

    The LYRIQ is based on GM’s next-generation, modular electric vehicle platform and driven by the Ultium propulsion system with a range touted to be beyond 300 miles.

    Charging options including DC fast charging > 150 kW and Level 2 charging rates up to 19 kW.

    The Cadillac LYRIQ will offer GMs Super Cruise, the industry’s first hands-free driver assistance feature, available on more than 200,000 miles of enabled roads and recently updated to include lane change on demand.

    The latest Super Cruise includes dual-plane augmented reality-enhanced head-up display and remote self-parking.

    Adaptive technology interaction with the driver and passengers will include a 33” diagonal advanced LED screen the spans the entire viewing area of the drive.

    Cadillac’s all-new, modular EV platform with the Ultium battery system lowers the center of gravity and provides near 50/50 weight distribution enabled by the placement of the battery.

    Additionally, the LYRIQ is driven primarily by the rear wheels, with a performance AWD option available. AWD enables the system to channel more torque to the pavement without wheelspin for exhilarating acceleration and greater cornering capability. Vehicles equipped with AWD go a step further, with a second drive unit placed at the front of the vehicle, which allows for a significant amount of tuning flexibility, enhancing vehicle dynamics and performance for drivers.


    ULTIUM Battery System

    The Cadillac LYRIQ is powered by GM’s Ultium battery system with approximately 100 kWh of energy.

    Ultium’s state-of-the-art NCMA (nickel-cobalt-manganese-aluminum) chemistry uses aluminum in the cathode to help reduce the need for rare-earth materials such as cobalt. In fact, GM engineers reduced the cobalt content by more than 70 percent, compared to current GM batteries.

    The advanced battery chemistry is packed in large, flat pouch cells that enable smart module construction to reduce complexity and simplify cooling needs. Additionally, the battery electronics are incorporated directly into the modules, eliminating nearly 90 percent of the battery pack wiring, compared to GM’s current electric vehicles.

    When it comes to charging, LYRIQ offers quick and convenient charging options whether at home or on the go. With DC fast charging, the LYRIQ can charge at rates over 150 kW.

    The Vehicle Experience

    When you approach, the LYRIQ recognizes the driver and initiates a “greeting” with a choreographed lighting sequence, while also preparing the cabin for the drive including seat, mirror and climate system adjustments. Once inside, the LYRIQ offers Cadillac’s highest level of driver information, infotainment and connectivity integration, for a more seamless and rewarding experience.


    The 33-inch-diagonal advanced LED display artfully integrates a single, large screen that spans the viewing area for the driver and incorporates driver information details, infotainment controls and camera views. This new display has the highest pixel density available in the automotive industry today and can display over one billion colors, 64 times more than any other vehicle in the automotive industry, providing a stunning in-vehicle experience unlike anything seen before from Cadillac.

    Battery and charging monitoring conveyed by easy, at-a-glance graphics. The system identifies the vehicle’s energy needs at home and on the go, according to owner preferences, while also monitoring and forecasting energy consumption and providing charging suggestions.

    LYRIQ’s technology also addresses sound in two important ways: Blocking unwanted sounds and making the most of the sounds passengers want to hear.

    For the first time, Cadillac will introduce a new road noise cancellation technology, which takes active noise cancellation to the next level by introducing more microphones and accelerometers, which improve noise cancellation abilities. With this new system, Cadillac’s performance and audio engineers can target the frequency range of tire cavity noise, reducing the noise level in the vehicle and allowing for a quieter in-cabin experience. Not a fan of these out of phase schemes as I find them to produce a nauseating harmonic that irritates rather than relieves.

    At launch, LYRIQ will offer a 19-speaker AKG Studio audio system that delivers exceptionally crisp and precise sound reproduction, enabling drivers and passengers to enjoy their favorite music.

    Cadillac LYRIQ Design

    LYRIQ is a modern white paper with Land Rover Evoque proportions at first glance. A low, fast roofline and wide stance are standard. A flow-through roof spoiler optimizes efficiency on the highway.


    A distinctive “black crystal” grille in the front is one of the LYRIQ’s most unique and expressive design elements. It provides a dramatic lighting choreography that with vertical, slim LED signature lighting. Out back, a split taillamp design incorporates slim LEDs that are also integrated into the lighting choreography.

    Inside, the LYRIQ’s new electric vehicle architecture opens up possibilities in vehicle spaciousness and design; and Cadillac designers used this as an opportunity to rethink how to use the space and where to locate various interior elements.

    What is really new here and profitability out of the gate? That remains to be seen…
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  2. alster

    alster Well-Known Member

    GM should have offered a plug in SUV / AWD similar to the RAV 4 Prime. We own a 2016 Chev Volt (2nd Gen.). We have over 90,000 miles on it over 30,000 miles just on the gas engine. Per overall MPG just on the gas engine is 50.18 MPG, summer range is 55-60 miles on electric. There is a small amount of battery degradation. When new we would get 13.9-14.4 usable KWH. Now we average 13.5 KWH, not a big deal after 90,000 miles. MPG on the gas engine appears to be improving. The Gen 2 Volt operates on 87 octane (reg.) GM also did away with Premium gas as required in the Gen 1 Volt. We will never know what a Gen 3 Volt would have been.....
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  3. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Too bad. Just when the General gets something right , they stop making it.
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