During its CES 2022 presentation, GM confirmed the upcoming Cadillac Celestiq, a full-size battery-electric luxury sedan expected to cost around $200,000, would be among the first vehicles to integrate Ultra Cruise when it enters production in 2023. Compared to the existing Super Cruise system, which only enables hands-free driving on highways, Ultra Cruise is described as a “door-to-door” hands-free driving system that will enable hands-free operation in 95 percent of all traffic scenarios.
“Customers will be able to travel truly hands-free with Ultra Cruise across nearly every road including city streets, subdivision streets and paved rural roads, in addition to highways,” the automaker said of the system previously.
Super Cruise will remain in the GM portfolio following the introduction of Ultra Cruise, serving as a less expensive driving assistant for the automaker’s mass-market products. As such, the automaker plans to expand Super Cruise’s availability to 22 models by 2023, including on more affordable Chevy, Buick and GMC products.
The Cadillac Celestiq, meanwhile, is the forthcoming flagship product from the American luxury brand and will target other pricy, high-end luxury sedans like the Mercedes-AMG EQS. The Celestiq will be built atop the GM BEV3 all-electric platform, incorporating its Ultium modular battery technology and Ultium drive motor technology. The sedan will also be styled after the sleek Cadillac Escala concept, commanding attention with large, expressive exterior dimensions and a swooping fastback profile.
As GM Authority covered previously, the Cadillac Celestiq will also incorporate a unique SPD-SmartGlass roof, which will allow individual passengers to control the opacity of their respective roof section to either let in more light or block out light.
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