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Cadillac Celestiq teased with trick new panoramic roof, cutting-edge tech

CES 2021

At the 2021 virtual CES keynote featuring Mary Barra, representatives from General Motors and Cadillac teased an upcoming premium luxury EV called the Celestiq.

Based on the Ultium battery platform, the Cadillac Celestiq is a technological test bed for future brand innovations. That includes a full-width screen for the driver and front passenger, and even a slick new panoramic roof.

On some cars, such as the McLaren 720s and the Toyota Venza, drivers can press a button to automatically dim the amount of light coming through the roof. This allows occupants to have the experience of a sunshade closed without the actual shade.

But on those vehicles, and others that take advantage of the dimming technology, have to dim the entire room.

In the Celestiq, it’s the first vehicle to feature a four-quadrant, suspended-particle-device smart glass. That means the roof is split into 4 areas, and each area’s darkness can be controlled independently.

While it’s all still a concept at this point, we like the idea of Cadillac embracing EVs and luxury for future vehicles, especially if it can get a compelling lineup out the door before the German competitors do.

As it is a concept, there’s no timeline for pricing or availability, but with 30 new EVs hitting the road by 2025, something like this might be here sooner than later.

Written by Chad Kirchner
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