Entrance driver’s aspect view of the Celestiq present automobile, which GM is predicted to unveil in late-July.
DETROIT – Normal Motors on Wednesday mentioned it’s investing $81 million at its world design and know-how campus in suburban Detroit at hand construct the upcoming Cadillac Celestiq – a brand new electrical flagship automobile for the model that might 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 automobile, which is usually reserved for high-end sports activities automobiles and uber-luxury automobiles reminiscent of 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 automobile subsequent month. Solely lots of are anticipated to be produced annually and value $200,000 or extra per automobile, Cadillac President Steve Carlisle informed The Wall Road journal in 2020.
The automobile might be primarily based 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 might be used to buy and set up tools to hand-build the Celestiq and for campus renovation work that is already underway. The corporate reconfirmed that the Celestiq roof is predicted to be one of many first to characteristic 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 mentioned the automobile will characteristic a brand new inside display screen show that spans the width of the automobile and embrace greater than 100 3D printed components.
Though equipment is utilized in making hand-built automobiles, it is largely managed by people. That compares to a typical automobile, which is basically produced on an meeting line utilizing lots of of robots alongside meeting staff.