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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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Cadillac will be the first brand with Ultra Cruise

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Tesla has been in hot water for a while now for shenanigans pulled by owners abusing the automaker's advanced cruise control functions. While the company's Full Self Driving (FSD) tech isn't quite ready for primetime, other automakers are catching up – quickly. Today, General Motors announced Ultra Cruise, its advanced driver assistance tech that promises to allow hands-free driving in 95 percent of driving scenarios.

Ultra Cruise Ultra Cruise will build on Super Cruise functionality.General Motors

GM notes that its goal is to eventually roll the service out to all paved roads in the U.S. and Canada. When it launches, the service will work on over two million miles of roads, which could nearly double as the program expands.

Ultra Cruise will offer a host of automated driving features that build on Super Cruise:

  • Dynamic display system
  • Ability to react to permanent traffic control devices
  • Follow internal navigation routes
  • Maintain headway and follow speed limits
  • Support automatic, on-demand lane changes
  • Support left and right turns
  • Support close object avoidance
  • Support parking in residential driveways

The system uses LiDAR, radar, and cameras to build a 360-degree, three-dimensional picture of the world around it. An additional LiDAR unit is located behind the windshield. GM notes that a big part of the system is its Human Machine Interface (HMI), which communicates with the driver to alert them when they need to take control. Ultra Cruise-equipped vehicles will do this with a head-up display that helps drivers stay focused on the road, and will use the same driver monitoring cameras that are used in Super Cruise.

Ultra Cruise Ultra Cruise will enable hands-free driving in the majority of driving scenarios.General Motors

Ultra Cruise will first be available in Cadillac vehicles starting from 2023. There's no word on pricing or specific vehicle availability at this time.

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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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