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Cadillac gives a sneak peek at upcoming electric Celestiq show car

The sharply curves of the rear of the Cadillac Celestiq allude to sophisticated exterior design.

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Today Cadillac provided a sneak peek at the forthcoming Celestiq show car. The ultra-luxury, fully electric vehicle (EV) is designed to be the pinnacle of General Motors EVs. Cadillac says that the car embodies their commitment to "reimagine what's possible in design and technology".

The vehicle is built on the General Motors Ultium platform which allows batteries to be nested in the floor of the car. Cadillac says that the openness of the body of the Celestiq allowed design and engineering teams to "artfully integrate cutting edge technology" into the vehicle.

This has resulted in a flagship that has a dramatic presence, a low profile, and rearward proportions. At a preview in mid-2020, select journalists who saw the car in the flesh described it as very attractive and impressive.

Cadillac will offer the Celestiq with a curated selection of hand-crafted materials. The company has hinted that there will be some customization options available for owners, increasing the likelihood that these vehicles will be made to order with a very low production volume. The vehicles will feature all-wheel drive, four-wheel steering and a full-glass roof.

Cadillac aims to give the Celestiq the first four-quadrant, suspended-particle-device smart glass roof. This will allow each occupant of the vehicle to set their own level of roof transparency. Toyota currently offers an electrochroamic roof in the Venza that delivers a variety of transparency options for the entire roof.

At the front of the cabin, the driver and front-seat passenger will be able to enjoy a "pillar-to-pillar freeform display with active privacy" this sounds a lot like what Mercedes-Benz introduced with its Hyperscreen. Console screens between seats in the front and back will separate individualized comfort settings from entertainment displays to minimize distractions.

2024 Cadillac Celestiq teaser The grille and headlight of the Celestiq feature design similar to what was seenn on the Lyriq when it debuted.Photo courtesy of Cadillac

Production of the Cadillac Celestiq flagship sedan is still widely considered to be a few years off.

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The LEGO Speed Champions series is adding two new Dodge models to its lineup.

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The new LEGO Speed Champions series is expanding by two. A 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A and Mopar Dodge//SRT Top Fuel Dragster are being added to the growing collection. They are the first purple vehicle and first Top Fuel Dragster in the Speed Champion series.

"Owning, or aspiring to own, a Dodge muscle car is as much about the lifestyle of joining the Brotherhood of Muscle as it is about the vehicle purchase," said Tim Kuniskis, Dodge Brand Chief Executive Officer – Stellantis. "As a result, our brand enthusiasts are passionate about all things Dodge, including the latest cool collectibles. So, following the success of the Dodge 2018 LEGO Speed Champion building set, fans will now be able to build and show off not only the first ever 8-inch-wide (8W) muscle car, but also the first ever Plum Crazy 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A, along with an incredibly detailed 13½-long Top Fuel Dragster."

LEGO Speed Champions Dodge box The 627-piece Challenger T/A and Dragster include box art of their Rea-life counterparts. Photo courtesy of Stellantis

LEGO has had the Challenger over two inches high, five inches long, and 2.5 inches wide. The Dragster is four inches high thanks to its wing, and has a body that is 13.5 inches long and 2.5 inches wide.

The set features a male Challenger driver in Dodge-branded clothing. The Dragster has a female driver in a Dodge race suit.

"In 2021, we are extremely excited to reteam with Dodge and expand the Speed Champions 8W Vehicle Collection even further by including new vehicle types and building experiences, for the first time, that appeal to vehicle fans of all ages," said Christopher Stamp, LEGO Design Lead.

LEGO Speed Champions Dodge The set includes two models.Photo courtesy of Stellantis

The models will be released on June 1, 2021 at LEGO.com. Pricing for the models is not yet available.

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Two new Toyota Tacomas are on their way.

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With a new, next-gen Tacoma still a few years away, Toyota is bringing two new special edition versions of the truck to market for the 2022 model year. The adventure-ready trucks were teased in a split image the Japanese automaker released this week.

The Tacoma debuted in 1995 and in the three generations since then the truck has gained a solid following across the world. The midsize Toyota Tacoma is the best-selling truck in its class. It sells better than most of the full-size truck offerings, including Toyota's Tundra.

Expect these new versions of the truck to have body styling similar to the current version of the truck. Toyota recently sought a trademark for the word "Trailhunter" and the 2022 Toyota Sienna Woodland Edition might be a naming clue for a new version of the Tacoma.

2022 Toyota Sienna Woodland Special Edition The 2022 Toyota Sienna Woodland Special Edition goes on sale this year. Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

The 2021 Toyota Tacoma is available in six trim levels: SR, SR5, TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road, Limited, and TRD Pro. Models with "TRD" in their name are traditionally more rugged with the TRD Pro able to scurry up rocks, easily get through mud, and hit the trail in a hurry. It's sold with either a Double or Access cab, depending on trim level, with either a five- or six-foot bed.

Buyers have their choice of a 2.7-liter four-cylinder or a 3.5-liter V6 under the hood making up to 278 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque with the larger power plant. Both engines come paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Two- and four-wheel drive are available.

Industry analysts expect the Tacoma to be redesigned for the 2023 model year though the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing chip shortage may push those plans back another model year. Ahead of that truck's debut, the new version of the Tundra will debut. Expect to see that model in the next few months with production kicking off shortly thereafter.

An all-electric SUV and two new larger SUVs are also coming down the pipeline as the Toyota brand begins a busy few years.

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