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Cadillac Officially Unveils Celestiq EV

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July 25, 2022—Cadillac on Friday officially unveiled the Celestiq, its brand-new, hand-built luxury electric vehicle set for release in 2025.

According to a company news release, the Celestiq is intended to be the flagship vehicle for Cadillac's electrification efforts. The automaker's parent company, General Motors, has said it plans to have half of its offerings be electric by 2030.

“The CELESTIQ show car is the purest expression of Cadillac,” Cadillac Advanced Design Manager Magalie Debellis said in the release. “It brings to life the most integrated expressions of design and innovation in the brand’s history, coalescing in a defining statement of a true Cadillac flagship.”

Though there may be some changes for the Celestiq once it reaches consumer production, the current show car does preview some of the materials and technology that will be featured on the vehicle. Built using General Motors' Ultium EV platform, the Celestiq will feature advanced LED displays, a smart glass roof and Ultra Cruise1, GM's next-generation hands-free driver assist technology package.

The Celestiq is a long-bodied hatchback that takes many of its design cues from Cadillac's early V16 offerings. The design team also drew inspiration from the mid-century creations of architect Eero Saarinen, who is most famous for designing the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri.

“Those vehicles represented the pinnacle of luxury in their respective eras, and helped make Cadillac the standard of the world,” Chief Engineer Tony Roma said in the release. “The CELESTIQ show car — also a sedan, because the configuration offers the very best luxury experience — builds on that pedigree and captures the spirt of arrival they expressed.”

General Motors is investing $81 million into its Global Technical Center, which was also designed by Saarinen, to host production of the Celestiq. The EV will be the first vehicle built at the center since 1956.

Cadillac will unveil more information about the vehicle later this year.

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