The new Cadillac Lyriq vs Tesla Model X: The electric SUVs compared

GM (General Motors) just unveiled its first-ever electric SUV, the Cadillac Lyriq. The unveiling follows on the plan that General Motors made in 2017: to release 20 electric vehicles by the year 2023. The Cadillac Lyriq is the first vehicle to spearhead General Motors’ march into an all-electric future. The question on everyone’s minds is how the Cadillac Lyrizq vs Tesla Model X compares. Let’s have a look.

Cadillac Lyriq vs Tesla Model X: Display

The Cadillac Lyriq has a mind-blowing 33-inch curved LED display that spans from almost pillar to pillar. The display wraps around back of the steering wheel, providing an immersive experience similar to the 2021 Cadillac Escalade, but much better. The Cadillac Lyriq display is claimed to have the “highest pixel density available in the automotive industry today and can display over one billion colors, 64 times more than any other vehicle in the automotive industry.”

Cadillac Lyriq
Cadillac Lyriq
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On the other hand, the Tesla Model X sports a much smaller 17-inch vertical display that is present on the center console. The display on the Model X, with a resolution of 1920 x 1200, also provides all the controls to the HVAC system, volume, etc. The Cadillac Lyriq still sports physical controls for volume, HVAC, and more between the front seats. The Tesla Model X also has a smaller behind-the-steering wheel display.

Tesla Model X
Tesla Model X

Cadillac Lyriq vs Tesla Model X, which vehicle wins in the display department? Without a doubt, the Cadillac Lyriq has a better display than the Tesla Model X. The Cadillac Lyriq sports a much larger, higher-resolution display when compared to the Tesla Model X. However, a display is only as great as its software. The 2021 Cadillac Escalade, which sported a similar display, had a pretty terrible user experience with its software when compared to the Tesla Model X. However, the software can always be fixed.

Cadillac Lyriq vs Tesla Model X: Battery and Range

The most important aspect of an EV is obviously the range. Cadillac claims that the Lyriq will have a range of “beyond 300 miles” on a full charge when it eventually hits production and is officially rated by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency). However, GM executives claim that the actual range will be around mid-300 miles and that the low-400s is the eventual goal.

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Cadillac Lyriq
Cadillac Lyriq
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The Cadillac Lyriq’s Ultium battery pack is going to offer “approximately 100 kilowatt-hours of energy,” eventually with the company anticipating to offer up to 200kWh. Currently, the largest battery pack available in an EV is the 100kWh pack in the Tesla Model S and Tesla Model X. The latest long-range (the only option now offered) Tesla Model S has an official range of 402 miles with its 100kWh pack.

Tesla Model X
Tesla Model X

The Tesla Model X currently offers a maximum of 351 miles on its “Long Range Plus” (the only option now offered). This is with a 100kWh battery pack.

Cadillac Lyriq vs Tesla Model X, which vehicle wins in the range department? Well, the Cadillac Lyriq is expected to have about the same range as the Tesla Model X. Since both vehicles are expected to be about the same price, we can say that both are at about an equal stance. Though we will get into price later, lack of an official range rating from General Motors places both SUVs at an equal level.

Cadillac Lyriq vs Tesla Model X: Performance

The Cadillac Lyriq will be available in a singe motor rear-wheel drive and a dual motor, all-wheel performance drive. However, General Motors has not provided an exact number for 0-60mph times. Marty Hogan, Cadillac Lyriq’s executive chief engineer, said: “This vehicle will not be a disappointment relative to where our competitors are at.” We can expect that the Lyriq’s all-wheel drive will be near the Model X’s performance. However, nothing is certain until official numbers are released.

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Cadillac Lyriq
Cadillac Lyriq

The Tesla Model X can hit 60mph from 0mph in 4.4 seconds for its base configuration and 2.6 seconds for the Performance variant. Both configurations are all-wheel drive. Unlike the Cadillac Lyriq, the Tesla Model X has never offered a singe motor drivetrain.

Tesla Model X
Tesla Model X

Cadillac Lyriq vs Tesla Model X, which vehicle wins in the performance department? Well, we can’t be certain but the Lyriq’s high-end model is expected to be on par, or at least close to the Tesla Model X.

Cadillac Lyriq vs Tesla Model X: Interior

We don’t have much to say here. The Cadillac Lyriq steering wheel comes with a glowing center logo, built with mixed materials. The overwhelming curved display is complemented with drawer storage and premium materials all around the dashboard and the center console. The seat controls on the door are complemented with metal trims that appear to be somewhat rose gold in some images. Cadillac is known for making luxury vehicles, so expect a fantastic interior.

Cadillac Lyriq
Cadillac Lyriq

The Tesla Model X interior is quite plain, with very limited options for customization. The Tesla Model X, though being a luxury vehicle, tries to justify the price for the technology present in the car. It is true, a Tesla is more technology than luxury.

Tesla Model X
Tesla Model X

Cadillac Lyriq vs Tesla Model X, which vehicle wins in the performance department? Hands down the Cadillac Lyriq has a spectacular interior, much better than the Tesla Model X.

Cadillac Lyriq vs Tesla Model X: Price

The Cadillac Lyriq price hasn’t been announced yet, but it is expected to around the same price as the Tesla Model X. Maybe even more. As Cadillac is known for being that luxury brand with high-price vehicles like the Escalade, we can expect that it starts at around $80,000 to $90,000 for the base variant.

Cadillac Lyriq
Cadillac Lyriq

The Tesla Model X base model (long range) has a purchase price of $79,990 while the performance model is $99,990.

Tesla Model X
Tesla Model X

Cadillac Lyriq vs Tesla Model X, which vehicle wins in the price department? Since the price of the Cadillac Lyriq hasn’t been announced yet, we can’t say how the price compares with the Tesla Model X. Both vehicles, however, will not be eligible for federal tax credits.

Cadillac Lyriq vs Tesla Model X: Other perks

We need to mention that display again. The Cadillac Lyriq, even if the software is still bad, has an absolutely eye-catching display. Even from outside of the vehicle, we’re sure that the curved 37-inch beast will be a sight to see. Couple the display with some cruise control tech and real-time driving animation, the Cadillac Lyriq will provide an amazing experience.

The Tesla Model X has Autopilot. Tesla is slated to be the first company to bring fully self-driving cars to the market, with Elon Musk already personally testing the software. Tesla even has prematurely offered the full self-driving upgrade package for years, touting its soon (but delayed) arrival. However, Tesla is delivering (even if slow) as traffic light detection, stop sign detection, smart summon, and Navigate on Autopilot are features already being used on Tesla vehicles across the U.S.

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