General Motors surprised media and investors this week when it announced the development of the Cadillac Celestiq electric luxury sedan during its EV Day event. With an innovative battery-electric powertrain, the full-size Celestiq sounds like exactly the type of product the Cadillac brand needs to elevate its status, but the Celestiq offers more for customers to get excited about than just motors and batteries.
Cadillac also said this week that the Celestiq would be “hand-built” in the United States and would be able to be personalized based on the customer’s preferences. While it did not go into the specifics of the manufacturing process for the new electric sedan, its “hand-built” status indicates that it will be built with much more care than a typical mass-produced Cadillac vehicle. The new Cadillac Lyriq electric crossover, which will enter production at GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant in 2022, was not described as being hand-built by GM during EV Day.
Media that were shown the Celestiq describe it as a large, four-seat fastback sedan with a wide stance, no side mirrors and concealed door handles. It also featured a full glass roof, with the glass extending all the way until it meets the tail of the vehicle.
The Celestiq will ride on a large version of GM’s new BEV3 modular electric vehicle platform and will utilize the automaker’s Ultium battery technology. Vehicles based on BEV3 will have battery capacities ranging from 50 kWh to 200 kWh, with the 200 kWh battery offering an estimated 400 miles of range. Certain vehicles using BEV3 will also produce up to 1,000 horsepower and will be able to accelerate from 0-60 mph in as little as three seconds. GM did not provide any performance or range statistics for the Celestiq during EV Day.
Most BEV3-based GM EVs will be designed for Level 2 and DC Fast Charging, offering up to 200 kW of fast-charging capability, and will feature with 400-volt battery packs. The system to be used in electric trucks such as the GMC Hummer EV, will have an 800-volt battery pack and 350 kW fast-charging capability.
More details on Cadillac’s future EV strategy are expected to be announced during the Cadillac Lyriq debut event on April 2nd, 2020.