Is General Motors Ready to Take on Tesla?


American carmaker, Cadillac, is showing off its green muscle by releasing teaser images of its first ever electric vehicle. This will be the first model derived from GM's future EV platform.

General Motors' luxury brand Cadillac is beginning a full-on assault on brand identification in order to take back America's hearts as a status symbol for opulence.

The Detroit Auto Show opened with the lowering of a 2020 Shelby GT500 from the ceiling of the Cobo Center.

Cadillac also announced a new XT6 crossover and shared plans for a revised Escalade and a performance sedan.

"It will represent the height of luxury and innovation while positioning Cadillac as the pinnacle of mobility", explains Cadillac president Steve Carlisle.

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The EV's name and specific details regarding its powertrain and range will be revealed closer to an also yet-unspecified launch window.

GM says the new framework lets GM operate with a new level of flexibility, allowing the company to respond to customer needs and trends with minimal lead and development time.

GM said the batteries and drive units will be the most advanced in this platform.

Cadillac's electric crossover is expected to be a mid-size model created to take on the Tesla Model X and offer buyers the choice of two or three rows of seats. As with Tesla, the high-end vehicle is created to allow GM to spread the costs of converting to electric drivetrains over more expensive models that can absorb the cost, after federal tax credits for the auto giant's plug-in cars run out.