General Motors Looks To Mercedes To Make Better Cadillacs

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GM has been benchmarking the industry's finest EVs from the US and Europe.

General Motors is working hard to become a leader in electrified mobility and expects to sell over 400,00 EVs by the end of next year. In order to that, it needs to produce more EVs than just the Chevrolet Bolt, GMC Hummer EV, and the Chevrolet Silverado EV. But there's no point in spending fortunes to develop new vehicles if they still fall short of what the competition has on offer. To that end, GM is benchmarking some of the industry's finest electric offerings, including the Tesla Model 3 and the Mercedes-Benz EQS sedan too.

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GM has been seen evaluating the EQS and another luxurious electric offering that offers huge technological advances, namely the Lucid Air. The lessons learned from the EQS and Air will naturally be applied to some sort of luxury EV, but what? Well, it'll be a long time yet before we see what comes of these evaluations of rivals' vehicles, but we can safely assume that whatever transpires, it will wear a Cadillac badge. Production of the Lyriq has just started, so it's quite possible that GM will shift focus soon and give us some details on what to expect. Could this be the beginning of development for the Cadillac Vistiq?

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The Vistiq is expected to arrive on GM's Ultium platform, which can offer up to 1,000 horsepower from three motors, but this sedan will likely only utilize two motors and be capped at around 700 hp. The Mercedes-Benz EQS, on the other hand, produces 329 hp in its basest form and up to 751 hp (with overboost) on the AMG variant. That high-horsepower model is capable of doing 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds and will keep accelerating to a top speed of 155 mph. However, we expect that GM is likely testing the ride, suspension, and technology more than the outright acceleration of the EQS, so expect the next new Cadillac sedan to offer a truly special luxury experience.

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