The Cadillac Lyriq electric SUV debuted today as the first chapter in what’s expected to be a long line of future electric Cadillac vehicles. And amazingly, it looks almost identical to the concept we saw last fall, inside and out. But as we usher in this new era of Cadillac products, the Lyriq comes just after the CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing were revealed. It leaves enthusiasts like ourselves wondering if the age of the performance Cadillac will be over with electric vehicles, especially when V-Series cars of the past have been regarded as some of the finest performance cars money can buy. Luckily, it seems the V-Series sub-brand isn’t done any time soon, and GM’s luxury marque is even considering putting it on the new EV to create a possible Cadillac Lyriq-V, according to Motor1’s interview with brand Global Vice President Rory Harvey.
At launch, the Cadillac Lyriq electric SUV will be powered by a modest 340 hp electric motor at the rear wheels. That’s plenty for how people are going to use the vehicle, however, we’re not sure how that performance will translate for an SUV that outweighs a Chevrolet Silverado 1500 pickup truck. But Harvey confirmed a more powerful, performance oriented dual motor model will add a motor onto the front axle for some additional speed. But this won’t be a V-Series model. Instead, a Cadillac Lyriq-V could come later.
Harvey said the team is currently “evaluating” a third, more powerful model to sit at the top of the tree. Sounds like V-Series to us, and it would be silly for Cadillac to throw the sub-brand away at this point.
There’s never been a V-Series SUV, so it could be a race between the anticipated Cadillac Escalade-V and Lyriq-V to see which comes first. Both would represent a very different take on the performance SUV.
That hint could doesn’t only say the Lyriq could get an electric performance V-Series model, but other models. We know the Celestiq luxury sedan is coming, so could we see a Celestiq-V along the lines of the Mercedes S-Class AMG models, only electric? Time will tell, but if the Lyriq is anything to go by, we have an exciting future ahead of us for the Cadillac brand.