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When heavy metal leaves high-tech: with the Lyriq, Cadillac opens a new chapter. Here’s everything you need to know about this electric SUV.
Rear spoilers, chrome streaks and big eight-cylinder engines: Although it has struggled for years to present itself with a modern image with a sleek and angular design, no car brand represents old America better than Cadillac. This is now set to change: with the Lyriq, the Americans are launching their first 100% electric car, available from 59,990 dollars. It is currently unknown if it will also be sold in Switzerland.
The crossover is based on the new Ultium electric platform. About five meters long, the Lyriq has batteries with a capacity of more than 100 kWh that allow a distance of more than 500 km. In Detroit, no one ignored the charging technology either: at home, the charging power can reach 19.2 kW (in alternating current) and 190 kW (direct current) on the fast charging socket.
All-wheel drive comes later
Initially, propulsion is provided by a rear engine with an output of 250 kW (340 hp). It is enough to make the Lyriq run from 0 to 100 km / h in less than five seconds. For more punch, however it will be necessary to wait until the arrival of the next model, which will have an additional engine at the front, increasing the power to 367 kW (500 hp) and offering all-wheel drive.
Everything is wrapped in a body with modern lines. The impressive lighting effect in the full grille is, however, the only feature that differentiates the Lyriq from the standard SUV. The exceptions are the slightly sliding flat roof and the sliding door handles that only touch to open. Inside, generous space spoils rear passengers and a modern cockpit accommodates those in the front row. This is dominated by a 33-inch screen that easily extends into the center console.
A high-quality platform, a modern design, a good infotainment system and possibly the best highway assistant on the market today: Cadillac has done a great job on the Lyriq. The Americans have not yet released an official statement on export prospects. They also plan to announce, next spring, how and with what models they want to “develop significantly” in Europe and increase the share of exports to take advantage of the increase in electricity in Europe. It would be a shame if the Lyriq didn’t make it across the Atlantic.
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