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Here’s our first full look at the Cadillac Celestiq ultra-luxury electric sedan.

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After a year of teasing, General Motors has unveiled the Cadillac Celestiq, a $300,000 ultra-luxury electric sedan that the automaker says is the most Cadillac Cadillac Cadillac has ever made.

The Celestiq is Cadillac’s first major attempt to capture part of the high-end car market currently dominated by the likes of Rolls-Royce and Bentley. As such, GM lashes out in superlatives with the description of this Ultium-powered 55-inch sports flagship electric vehicle, despite the fact that it’s just a demo version of what’s expected to be ready for production later this year. . It’s “the purest expression of Cadillac” and is “inspired by the brand’s 120-year heritage,” an abundance of “handcrafted” materials, and all of GM’s most advanced technology.

But what about the car itself? The low-slung fastback shape is reminiscent of the Porsche Panamera or Mercedes-Benz EQS, but the comparisons pretty much end there when you start digging into the design details. The rear of the Celestiq is fitted with four sets of angled brake lights, two on each side, that extend to the wheel arches. This is by far the most distinctive and controversial design detail of the Celestiq.

Interestingly, GM refers to the Celestiq as a “show car,” implying that it’s just a custom work for the public to see, not for sale. While this does not mean that there will be major differences after the production version, it is interesting that GM sees fit to make this distinction.

But apart from the fact that he was in the spotlight for the first time, nothing else is revealed. Because it’s just a show car, GM is keeping quiet about most of the relevant specs, including range, battery capacity, charge times, and acceleration numbers.

Instead, the automaker is focusing on the individual character of the Celestiq – each car will be handcrafted, and Cadillac reportedly only plans to produce around 500 units a year – as well as the high-tech elements that are meant to set this Cadillac apart from all others. others. We’ll presumably get more details once the production version is unveiled later this year.

This includes a 55-inch rack-to-rack digital display with “electronic digital blinds,” which GM describes as active privacy technology that allows passengers to watch video while blocking it from the driver’s view. The interior is trimmed in red leather, presenting the Celestiq as an electric vehicle fit for royalty (or perhaps just the super-rich).

The panoramic glass roof, a common feature of today’s electric vehicles, is adjustable in a modular fashion thanks to GM’s “Suspended Particle Device” technology. It allows each passenger in the car to set their own level of transparency, maintaining this theme of customization, personalization and privacy.

The electric sedan, expected to debut in 2023, will be the first to feature GM’s new advanced Ultra Cruise driver assistance system, which the automaker claims will cover “95 percent” of driving scenarios on 2 million miles of roads worldwide. United States. The system is also the first to use Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon Ride platform, which will have processing power equivalent to “several hundred” personal computers.

We are also getting more details on GM’s production plans for the Celestiq. The automaker plans to invest $81 million to support its assembly at GM’s Global Tech Center in Warren, Michigan, a campus originally designed by famed Finnish architect Eero Saarinen. The Celestiq will be the first production car built here since the center opened in May 1956.

GM first showed off the Celestiq to a few reporters at an Electric Vehicle Day event in early 2020, but is only now releasing full images of the extravagant electric vehicle. The Celestiq is meant to be a companion to the Cadillac Lyriq, which began production earlier this year.

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