Entrance driver’s facet view of the Celestiq present automotive, which GM is anticipated to unveil in late-July.
DETROIT – General Motors on Wednesday mentioned it’s investing $81 million at its international design and expertise campus in suburban Detroit at hand construct the upcoming Cadillac Celestiq – a brand new electrical flagship automotive for the model that will probably be produced in restricted portions.
The choice marks the primary time GM will construct a automobile for business gross sales at its large tech campus in Warren, Michigan. It additionally marks a pivot for Cadillac to supply a hand-built automotive, which is usually reserved for high-end sports activities automobiles and uber-luxury autos equivalent to Bentley’s unique fashions, as GM pushes to revive the quintessential American model right into a tech-savvy EV carmaker able to difficult Tesla.
“As Cadillac’s future flagship sedan, Celestiq signifies a brand new, resurgent period for the model,” GM President Mark Reuss mentioned in a press release.
GM is scheduled to formally unveil the automotive subsequent month. Solely a whole bunch are anticipated to be produced every year and price $200,000 or extra per automotive, Cadillac President Steve Carlisle advised The Wall Avenue journal in 2020.
The automobile will probably be based mostly on GM’s new Ultium electrical automobile platform, which was first used on the GMC Hummer EV. The platform is supposed to be modular and underpin GM’s latest EVs, together with 30 new fashions by 2025.
In a launch Wednesday, GM mentioned the funding will probably be used to buy and set up gear to hand-build the Celestiq and for campus renovation work that is already underway. The corporate reconfirmed that the Celestiq roof is anticipated to be one of many first to function a four-quadrant, suspended-particle-device sensible glass that lets every occupant of the automotive set their very own degree of roof transparency.
The automaker additionally mentioned the automobile will function a brand new inside display show that spans the width of the automobile and embrace greater than 100 3D printed elements.
Though equipment is utilized in making hand-built autos, it is largely managed by people. That compares to a typical automobile, which is basically produced on an meeting line utilizing a whole bunch of robots alongside meeting staff.