Cadillac Celestiq electric flagship revealed

By: The Trend Wire

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Cadillac has finally started work on creating a true flagship, or a contemporary Standard of the World. 

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Its name is Celestiq, and it is a large, fastback hatchback built on the Ultium electric vehicle platform from General Motors.

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Officially a "show car," the version displayed here should be very identical to the production model, which is anticipated to go on sale in 2024 as a 2025 model.

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A nearly identical show car also served as a preview for Cadillac's 2023 Lyriq.

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The Celestiq isn't just an upgrade over the previous CT6 flagship sedan. It is intended to compete with vehicles like Rolls-Royce and Bentley, and the pricing will probably reflect this.

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A starting price of about $300,000 is suggested by rumours. Don't expect old-world luxury as you would in a vehicle priced in this range. 

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A four-panel glass roof with four individual transparency settings for the driver and passengers,

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as well as a 55-inch dash-wide digital display with active elements that can darken part of the screen to help reduce driver distraction,

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are just two examples of how Celestiq's contemporary design will be combined with the most recent technology.

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The integration of GM's planned Ultra Cruise autonomous driver-assist technology, which the carmaker claims will handle 95% of U.S. highways, has also been confirmed by Cadillac.

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This means that many journeys won't involve any actual driving by a human.

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With Ultra Cruise, the driver will still need to keep an eye on things at all times and react when necessary, just like with the present Super Cruise system. If not, it will turn off.

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This indicates that it will continue to fall within Level 2 of SAE's scale for self-driving capability. Self-driving systems must operate in eyes-off mode to rank above Level 2.

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Another selling point for the Celestiq, which will resemble a coach-built vehicle more so than a standard production model, will be impressive detailing. 

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The design team for the Celestiq studied bespoke options on vintage Cadillac models, including the 1950s Eldorado Brougham and prewar V-16-powered coaches.