CADILLAC DEBUTS LYRIQ ALL-ELECTRIC LUXURY SUV CONCEPT
Through production-car technologies like Super Cruise — General Motors’ first automated, hands-free driving system — Cadillac has been pushing the envelope in recent years, creating the cars and SUVs of the future that you can drive right now. Cadillac recently took yet another big step forward into the future of motoring with the incredible LYRIQ concept SUV, which debuted on August 6. The company’s first all-electric concept vehicle, the Cadillac LYRIQ concept SUV showcases both a bold new design language and the all-electric technologies that will power the next generation of Cadillac vehicles.
“Led by LYRIQ, Cadillac will redefine American luxury over the next decade with a new portfolio of transformative EVs,” said Steve Carlisle, president of GM North America. “We will deliver experiences that engage the senses, anticipate desires and enable our customers to go on extraordinary journeys.”
The LYRIQ concept SUV sits on General Motors next-gen Ultium propulsion system, a modular electric vehicle platform that can be almost instantly retuned for a wide range of performance and driving-distance options, and even front-wheel and all-wheel drive variants. With the LYRIQ concept SUV, Cadillac engineers met an internal goal of 300 miles of range on a single charge, more than enough to fulfill most Americans’ daily-driving needs without a recharge.
“LYRIQ was conceived to make every journey exhilarating and leverages more than a century of innovation to drive the brand into a new era, while rewarding passengers with a more personal, connected and immersive experience,” said Jamie Brewer, who was Cadillac’s chief engineer on the LYRIQ project. “To do this we developed an architecture specifically for EVs. It is not only an exceptional EV, but first and foremost a Cadillac.”
The heart of the LYRIQ concept is GM’s new Ultium battery system, with a state-of-the-art NCMA (nickel-cobalt-manganese-aluminum) battery, delivering up to 100 kilowatt-hours of energy on a single charge, for immediate, stirring performance while reducing the need for environmentally-unfriendly rare-earth elements like cobalt. Arranged in large, flat pouch cells, the battery system is less complex than others, and doesn’t need as much complicated cooling apparatus. In addition, the electronics are incorporated directly into the battery modules, reducing problem-prone wiring by up to 90 percent when compared with other battery-powered vehicles. The system can either be charged at home or at commercial charging stations, at rates over 150 kilowatts per hour of charging.
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.
The placement of the battery pack is also crucial to LYRIQ’s ride and handling, with engineers using supercomputer modeling to determine the perfect location to achieve a low center of gravity and near-perfect 50/50 weight distribution front to back. The powertrain system allows LYRIQ to run most of the time in efficient rear-wheel-drive mode, then switch over to all-wheel drive for performance driving.
Inside, the LYRIQ is just as advanced and artful as you’d expect from a near-future Cadillac production model. including a 33-inch diagonal LED display that spans the entire dash area, allowing both driver and passenger to view vehicle information, infotainment controls and various camera views. This new display features crystal-clear resolution, with the ability to display over one billion colors. Another glimpse of the soon-to-be future of Cadillac is LYRIQ’s new dual-plane augmented reality head-up display, which projects crucial information like speed, direction and more onto the windshield in two ways, with a near plane for engine information and a more distant plane displaying transparent navigation signals and driver alerts.
LYRIQ also incorporates the latest version of Cadillac Super Cruise, the brand’s hands-free driver assistance feature, including the new lane-change on demand. The interior of the LYRIQ concept SUV also includes advanced road noise cancellation technology that targets noise generated by wind and tire noise for a remarkably quiet interior.
Externally, the Cadillac LYRIQ concept SUV also breaks new ground with a look that is both classic and stunningly modern, with the all-electric powertrain allowing designers to break away from the standard vehicle architecture that has been built around front-mounted internal combustion engines with water-cooled radiators for over a century.
“The LYRIQ represents the next iteration of the iconic brand’s styling, enabled by electrification, as only Cadillac can express,” said Global Cadillac Design chief Andrew Smith. “Inside and out, LYRIQ is a thoughtful integration of design and technology and is intended to make every drive an occasion.”
The look of the LYRIQ concept SUV is defined by clean, sharp lines and surfaces, with a low roofline and a wide stance. A distinctive Black Crystal grille sets the tone, while features like the flow-through roof spoiler both look incredible and aid aerodynamic efficiency. The result is a design that looks both agile and substantial, perfectly proportioned while still giving the LYRIC an inspiring presence while parked or on the road.
Like many previous Cadillac concept cars, we’re sure the features and design architecture of the LYRIQ concept SUV will be coming soon to production Cadillac vehicles in the next few years. Stay tuned to the official blog of Landers Chevrolet Cadillac of Joplin for the latest updates on Cadillac innovation. Want to test-drive the cars and SUVs of the future right now? Stop in today at Landers Chevy Cadillac of Joplin for a test drive today!