The 3D printing is just the start.
General Motors says it will invest more than $81 million into the automotive conglomerate's Global Technical Center in Michigan. It'll be doing so in order to prepare the facility to build the new Cadillac Celestiq. Much of that cash will be used to buy and install new equipment needed for the hand-building of the brand's fully-electric flagship luxury saloon. GM also says that renovation work has already begun.
The Celestiq will be the first vehicle built at GM's Global Technical Center. "As Cadillac's future flagship sedan, [the] Celestiq signifies a new, resurgent era for the brand," said Mark Reuss, President, General Motors. "Each one will be hand-built by an amazing team of craftspeople on our historic Technical Center campus, and today's investment announcement emphasizes our commitment to delivering a world-class Cadillac with nothing but the best in craftsmanship, design, engineering, and technology."
The new electric sedan will be built on GM's Ultium Platform, the architecture that will underpin the new Silverado EV. In essence, what that means is that GM's tooling will be able to produce multiple new vehicles, saving the manufacturer (and hopefully) the consumer money. But the Celestiq will be something entirely different, and it'll use truly futuristic tech during the manufacturing process.
First of all, the sedan's roof will be one of the first with four-quadrant smart glass. Basically, what that means is it'll have that fancy electro-chromatic glass that McLarens have, allowing users to darken different parts of the roof at different times. Cadillac also says the Celestiq will offer a sort of Mercedes-style Hyperscreen, with a "pillar-to-pillar freeform display."
However, the crowning jewel of all this futuristic tech will be the Celestiq's additive components. That means complex 3D printing, and apparently, the Celestiq will use more than 100 of them, the most of any GM production vehicle. GM says that includes both structural and cosmetic parts made of both polymers and metals.
Moreover, that means customers will actually be able to see the 3D-printed parts on their cars. We're not sure what that means for the "hand-built" moniker, but it's sure impressive. Caddy says additional images of the Celestiq are coming this summer, with a reveal set for late July and we are so ready to be there.