Entrance driver’s aspect view of the Celestiq present automobile, which GM is anticipated to unveil in late-July.
DETROIT – Basic Motors on Wednesday stated 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 automobile for the model that shall be produced in restricted portions.
The choice marks the primary time GM will construct a car for industrial gross sales at its large tech campus in Warren, Michigan. It additionally marks a pivot for Cadillac to supply a hand-built automobile, which is usually reserved for high-end sports activities automobiles and uber-luxury autos similar 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 stated in a press release.
GM is scheduled to formally unveil the automobile subsequent month. Solely a whole lot are anticipated to be produced every year and value $200,000 or extra per automobile, Cadillac President Steve Carlisle instructed The Wall Avenue journal in 2020.
The car shall be based mostly on GM’s new Ultium electrical car 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 stated the funding shall 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 automobile set their very own degree of roof transparency.
The automaker additionally stated the car will function a brand new inside display show that spans the width of the car and embrace greater than 100 3D printed components.
Though equipment is utilized in making hand-built autos, it is largely managed by people. That compares to a typical car, which is essentially produced on an meeting line utilizing a whole lot of robots alongside meeting staff.