General Motors recently provided an exciting breakdown of its EV ambitions during the 2021 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), including a teaser for the Cadillac Celestiq show car. As it turns out, the Cadillac Celestiq is now expected to arrive sooner than expected, with production-ready models anticipated to make splashdown for the 2023 calendar year and 2024 model year.
For those who may be unaware, the Cadillac Celestiq is the luxury marque’s up-and-coming flagship sedan model, promising top-shelf luxury and appointment, as well as an advanced all-electric powertrain. Offered as the spiritual successor to the ultra-luxury sedans of Cadillac’s past, the Cadillac Celestiq is heavily inspired by the Cadillac Escala concept with regard to exterior styling, and includes sizable dimensions, an extended wheelbase, and wide tracks front and rear. The proportions incorporate a fastback shape and elegant lines, with a C-pillar that’s described as potentially the largest in the history of Cadillac. The front end is similar to that of the Cadillac Lyriq, while the rear incorporates L-shaped tail lights.
Inside, the new Cadillac Celestiq will likely incorporate a 2+2 seating arrangement, as well as high-end materials for the trim and upholstery and a handcrafted ambiance throughout. Infotainment will also be cutting-edge, with a large widescreen display and all the latest tech goodies.
Pricing will hit at around $200,000.
The Cadillac Celestiq was previously expected to launch prior to the 2025 calendar year, but since then, the timetable has been moved up to the 2023 calendar year.
The early arrival for the Cadillac Celestiq follows an early arrival for the Cadillac Lyriq as well. As GM Authority covered previously, the Cadillac Lyriq is currently slated to arrive in Q1 of 2022 for the U.S. market, nine months ahead of schedule. In a press release last year, General Motors outlined how the Lyriq program was accelerated, while also indicating that “other vehicles” were also accelerated.
General Motors attributed the Lyriq’s early arrival to the “highly flexible qualities of the Ultium system,” GM’s new battery and EV drive system, as well as “engineering advances in battery technology, use of virtual development tools and lesson learned during the Hummer EV development process.”