• Jay Leno’s Thoughts on the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq Will Surprise You

It seems to be the car that will change Cadillac’s future

After months of testing and development, Cadillac unveiled the 2023 Lyriq in early 2021. According to the company, it is the "culmination of a century of innovation and the beginning of a great new era." There is no doubt that the electric SUV looks amazing on the outside and offers a very luxurious interior, but what does Jay leno think about the maker’s first luxury electric vehicle? This latest episode of "Jay Leno’s Garage" will offer us an answer to that question. He got his hands on a 2023 Lyriq debut model and took it for a spin.

At launch, the 2023 Lyriq will only be offered with one rear electric motor that will deliver a total of 340 horsepower and 323 pound-feet of torque. The motor will take its juice from a 12-module, 100-kWh battery pack that offers a range of 312 miles. While this range output is right next to models like BMW iX (300 miles), it is far behind other luxury electric SUVs. For example, the Tesla Model X offers 360 miles, and while not an SUV, the Lucid Air promises a range of 517 miles. But, according to Leno, the Lyriq has a few other advantages that make it stand out. First, it is extremely smooth and looks richer than other electric SUV. He simply described it as a luxury, regular Cadillac - and we think that says it all.

Jay Leno's Thoughts on the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq Will Surprise You
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The 2023 Lyriq is a very important car for the company: it paves the way for Cadillac’s all-electric future by 2030, but it is also the first step in an attempt to elevate the brand and take it back to what it was back in the 1940s. Leno admits he was very impressed by the car, and by how quiet and smooth the ride was. It seems that Cadillac managed to obtain what it wanted: to build an SUV that was both luxury and performant. He also says the Lyriq has a real feel to it, the cabin is built just right and offers a nice sensation to touch.

Jay Leno's Thoughts on the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq Will Surprise You
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According to him, the 2023 Lyriq really worth its starting price of about $60k. A more powerful, expensive version, featuring a dual motor all-wheel drive system will also be added to the lineup in the near future. We will see if he will be just as impressed by that version too.

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