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Cadillac Lyriq: Exterior Shape Of Future Electric Crossover Teased

Cadillac Lyriq: Exterior Shape Of Future Electric Crossover Teased

Yesterday, Cadillac Society was the first to report on the Cadillac Lyriq – an upcoming electric crossover that will be roughly the size of the current Cadillac XT5. But even though Cadillac showed a concept version of the vehicle yesterday, photography was not allowed at the event. Luckily, the luxury automaker released a single teaser image of the Lyriq – and that’s what we have for you here today, along with two attempts at enhancing the original teaser.

The photo shows the general shape of the Cadillac Lyriq from the side profile. A set of vertical lights appear in the background, enabling us to see the vehicle’s general shape – which is  that of a low-slung crossover. We also see an illuminated, horizontal line just below the cowl (under the base of the windshield pillars) that appears to house the door for the charging port. An illuminated Cadillac logo appears toward the end of the horizontal line.

The roof reaches its highest point just aft of the A-pillars, sloping gradually toward the rear of the vehicle. A relatively long wheelbase is present and accounted for, with what seems to be a relatively short overhang and long dash-to-axle ratio. The upcoming electric crossover, Cadillac’s first, also has a set of relatively large rear doors and a vanity window aft of the rear-most cutline for the rear door.

The most noteworthy element seen from the photo is at the rear, since the boot features a unique shape that has never graced a Cadillac vehicle. The gradually downward-sloping roof turns into a rapidly-sloping rear glass area of the rear  hatch, before transitioning into a completely vertical part of that liftgate.

We also happen to know that the sleek windshield, which finds its lowest points stretched toward the front end of the vehicle, has a set of relatively large, triangle-shaped sections in the two front doors ahead of the primary windows. The current Cadillac XT4 has the same treatment, but it is more exaggerated on the Cadillac Lyriq. Those triangle-shaped areas would typically be occupied by a set of vanity windows, but the model shown yesterday had the space taken up by shiny blanking plates with wing mirrors mounted in the center of those plates.

Interestingly, the model shown yesterday had a set of roof rails, but they are not present on the teaser image, leading us to believe that the roof rails will be optional.

Cadillac XT4

2021 Cadillac Escalade

We have also learned that the Cadillac Lyriq’s grille and front-end treatment is reminiscent to a cross between the Cadillac XT4 and the all-new, 2021 Escalade. Meanwhile, the vehicle has a very high-tech interior that will most likely not make its way to production in that fashion. We will share more about the cabin in an upcoming update. 

Cadillac will share more details about the Lyriq on April 2nd, 2020 and the vehicle is expected to go on sale on or before the 2022 calendar year. In the meantime, be sure to subscribe to Cadillac Society for more future Cadillac product news, Cadillac Lyriq news, and around-the-clock Cadillac news coverage. We also invite you to join the discussions in the Cadillac Lyriq forums

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Alex is the founder of Cadillac Society. He has a deep passion for automotive business strategy and enjoys driving his ATS sedan on twisty mountain roads.


  1. This looks like a great shape, I’m anxious to see the details, but Lyriq is a dumb name!!!

    • I second that motion.

  2. Pronounce it like lyric, a musical term. Except write it with a Q in place of the C. Roll it around in your mouth for a while and you will get used to it.

  3. An eccentric spelling of a regular word is novel the first time you see/read it, but it rapidly becomes tiresome thereafter.

  4. Probably another failed attempt. Cadillac seems to think their future is in nothing but trucks, and I don’t buy trucks.

    That’s sad. The two underwhelming sedans are also sad. Drove the CT5 Sport. Ho hum experience….was told the V6 will not be available until the summer…..really! Nothing but underpowered fours, even with the turbo, sounds weak.

    By the time you load up a CT5 with options that you are use to, your looking at $65,000-$70,000……..

    The dealer said they could only reduce it by $2500(msrp on this one was $52,000+) because it was an all new vehicle, and they wanted to pad the price with $275.00 in advertising fees……..my friend got, and walked out…

    • Re Trucks: I understand the fact that many long time Cadillac buyers do not like or buy trucks. Cadillac has always been the standard by which other luxury makes have been measured. I think those days are over for a myriad of reasons. I believe that Cadillac has been in a constant turmoil trying to redefine themselves. It used to be that you could go in a Cadillac showroom and know what models were what in the pecking order i.e Calais to Fleetwoods. Now you have to decipher the different designations.

      Trucks? The fact is that trucks in all its forms SUVs, Crossovers, Vans and Pickups are even or maybe outselling cars. So much that manufacturers are cutting back in car production. Ironically Cadillac was late coming to the table with trucks and still insist on putting out more and more cars.

      • John Fleming……Honda is still putting out more and more cars, so is Toyota, Nissan, Hyundai, Mercedes, BMW, Audi, Lexus, Jaguar, Rolls Royce, Bentley, Volvo, Infiniti, Acura, Kia, Genesis, Volkswagen, Chrysler, not to mention the Chinese manufacturers…………….so what’s your point?

  5. Quite simply put. Cadillac is no longer the leader of the pack


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