Cadillac to Stop Introducing New Gas-powered Vehicles
|guideautoweb.com 21 Apr 2021 at 16:07|
While revealing details and pricing for the production-ready 2023 Cadillac LYRIQ today, the company announced it will no longer introduce new gas-powered vehicles.
VP Rory Harvey said Cadillac will exit this decade as an EV brand, so it will not be selling anything with an internal combustion engine beyond 2030.
That’s five years earlier than the goal set by General Motors for all of its brands including Cadillac, Buick , Chevrolet and GMC .
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Jaguar , Volvo and MINI are other car brands that recently promised to go all-electric within the next 10 years or so.
So, if Cadillac stops introducing new gas-powered vehicles, it also means the current products will never be renewed. They will get some updates over time, but that’s it.
For Harvey, there is nothing wrong with that. After all, the CT4 and CT5 sedans are still pretty fresh. Same thing for the Escalade and XT6 SUVs. The small XT4 is a bit older (2019), though not as much as the compact XT5 (2017).
Following the LYRIQ, Cadillac plans to launch a full-size luxury electric sedan called CELESTIQ , which will try to eclipse the Tesla Model S , Porsche Taycan , Mercedes-Benz EQS and Genesis G80 Électrifiée .
In a preview at the virtual edition of CES earlier this year, we saw that it will feature a four-quadrant, suspended-particle-device smart glass roof allowing each occupant of the vehicle to set their own level of roof transparency. The driver and front-seat passenger will enjoy a pillar-to-pillar freeform display. Centre console screens between seats in the front and back will separate individualized comfort settings from entertainment displays.
The official introduction of the CELESTIQ could take place sometime in 2022, but the car won’t hit the road prior to 2023, and production will be limited. Baby steps toward electrification, that’s what it is for Cadillac.