General Motors has shared the first photo from inside the upcoming Cadillac Lyriq electric SUV, revealing a whopping 33-inch, or 83cm, digital dashboard display.
The display consists of a single piece of curved glass which is five inches (12.7cm) tall and divided into three key zones – although it can be transformed into one single, uninterrupted display when the vehicle is stopped.
GM has described the display as "industry-leading" due to its sheer size, plus the fact it's made from a single pane of glass, rather than several distinct panels.
Comparatively, the Tesla Model 3 features a 15-inch (38cm) digital display, while the recently unveiled Nissan Ariya features a 12.3-inch central screen and a 12.3-inch digital instruments cluster, or a combined 24.6 inches (62.5cm) of digital display.
Above: The full expanse of the Lyriq's digital display revealed in a single teaser image. Credit: Electrek
"The size of the Cadillac Lyriq display is a huge differentiator for us," Bill Thompson, senior design manager for UI at General Motors, told Electrek, which exclusively published the first-look image.
"The form factor is going to be very industry-leading. The huge 33-inch display is a very big differentiator for us, even among the other brands in our portfolio. All this information and all this intelligence will get passed down to the rest of the company. It’s the platform itself that is all new."
The 83cm display is actually an upgrade on the one previewed in the 2021 Cadillac Escalade.
While the new Escalade's digital display was said to measure 38 inches (96.5cm), that's a total figure taking into account two separate screen panels with three distinct OLED displays, whereas the Lyriq's is a single, continuous piece of glass.
Above: The digital display in the 2021 Cadillac Escalade.
The left-hand zone of the Lyriq's screen will allow the driver to control lighting and the head-up display, while the section behind the steering wheel will be a digital instruments cluster and the rest of the screen will house navigation, infotainment and information on the car's battery.
Electrek reports the instrument cluster portion of the display will be controlled via rotary dial, while the rest of the screen is touch-controlled.
The Lyriq will be the first Cadillac car to be built on GM's third-generation electric car platform, featuring the company's stackable, pouch-style Ultium batteries, which GM says are capable of offering a top-end range of "400 miles or more" (643km plus).
The platform will also be used for electrified Chevrolet cars, as well as the upcoming GMC Hummer EV.
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Cadillac previously teased the Lyriq in concept form in two renderings released at the Detroit Auto Show in 2019, revealing further details of the production car in a teaser video in June this year (which you can watch at the bottom of this story).
The production version of the electric car was originally set to be revealed in April 2020, but the coronavirus pandemic saw its digital debut delayed until August 6, 2020.
The car is expected to go on sale in China in 2021, followed by North America in 2022.