Cadillac Celestiq Will Be Built In Extremely Small Numbers39
The Cadillac Celestiq is poised to arrive as the luxury marque’s all-new, all-electric, full-size flagship sedan, offering all the very latest tech and comfort features that Caddy can muster. Unsurprisingly, GM Authority has exclusively learned that the Cadillac Celestiq will be built in extremely small numbers.
As GM Authority covered previously, the Cadillac Celestiq will have a hand-built quality to it, with top-shelf materials and opulence at every turn. Additionally, the Celestiq will be extremely customizable, with customers offered myriad opportunities to add their own personal tastes and preferences – for example, if a customer wanted to use wood from a tree on their property for the interior trim, Cadillac will accommodate.
With all that in mind, it makes sense that the Cadillac Celestiq won’t be your typical mass-produced vehicle. What’s more, GM Authority has learned that the Celestiq will only be offered in “affluent areas,” which means it will not be available throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Onboard technology will be plentiful and cutting-edge. Just a few examples include the addition of GM’s next-generation Ultra Cruise semi-autonomous driver assist system, which evolves the GM Super Cruise system to offer self-driving capabilities in 95 percent of all driving scenarios in the U.S. and Canada.
What’s more, the sedan will have a SmartGlass roof with programmable opacity levels, providing even more customization opportunities.
The interior layout will incorporate a 2+2 seating arrangement, while the exterior styling will pull inspiration from the Cadillac Escala concept that debuted at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Under the skin will be the GM BEV3 platform, while motivation will be sourced from a GM Ultium battery and GM Ultium drive motor powertrain. Pricing is expected to start around the $200,000 mark, making the Cadillac Celestiq the most-expensive Cadillac model ever offered.
The Cadillac Celestiq was originally scheduled for a reveal last year. However, the debut date has been delayed on multiple occasions, and is now set for June, although it is possible the reveal may be pushed back yet again.
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… the Boat Tail of GM …
Yup! They totally nailed the front end, but the back…
What’s more, Cadillac drops the ball on the back design. Never fails
Cadillac has one of the most beautiful & iconic rear ends in the history of automobiles & the managment of the brand does not get it .
Make those lights like vertical fins or ‘ blades ‘ Cadillac !
Stop the verticals !
Why does GMA keep pretending this car is for sure happening? There’s been no reveal yet despite multiple events promised and then canceled and there’s been no actual news in over a year. There have also been no sightings of the car in development. Cadillac removed any reference to the car from its website and a member of this community with a bit of inside knowledge says the product is in grave trouble.
Let’s at least be honest. We already knew if it’s built at all it will be in small quantities so there is no news in this story. Can’t we just admit that it’s still very much touch-and-go and we’re waiting to hear the fate of Celestiq.
I’d say it’s highly likely that gm will cancel this car. They canceled two planned flagships in the recent past; the Zeta Cadillac and the CT8. They’ve also canceled the CT6 (in America) and it’s fabulous 4.2 L V8 both of which did make it to production but were short-lived with the engine only lasting months.
General Motors management have shown no actual desire to return Cadillac to greatness. They merely want to leverage the iconic brand to sell a rebadged Tahoe, FWD CUVs, and an EV CUV all of which use common gm parts but with Cadillac branding can be sold at much higher prices.
The Lyriq uses 0 common parts with any other GM vehicle. That is ZERO!
The platform, it’s batteries, and it’s electric motors will be already in production with other GM products so there’s not much reason why they wouldn’t build it. The delay in reveal is probably due to other automakers announcing and delivering EV’s faster than GM expected in other segments making them shift their focus a bit on certain model reveals to be better situated to compete in Volume segments:
Now, what happens when they unveil it? Will you take back what you said or will you say it’s all “smoke and mirrors”?
What happens when it doesn’t come will you still comment on here or run off and cower?
I don’t think I said anything I’ll need to take back. I said the evidence does not point to this car still being planned for production. Obviously it might happen and I hope it will but based on what’s been happening, which is seemingly nothing, and based on gm’s history, I’m highly skeptical at this point.
As for GMA, I merely said that they keep posting new stories with old facts to create the narrative that there is movement on the Celestiq front (Celestiq will be highly customizable!, Celestiq will be built in very limited quantities!) when in reality those are details that were reported over two years ago. GM first showed the car to reporters in January of 2020 and outlined their plan to price it at $200,000 and sell it in limited quantities.
This car will be for the privilege anyway that has time and money to wait for one. I believe Cadillac not only can pull it off but can genuinely return Cadillac to an desirable brand…
Now is a great time to introduce a more lavished avant-garde halo model since the LYRIQ appears to be a hit and move Cadillac to a new direction.
Agree. Come out with something fabulous priced in the $90k-110k territory.
Let’s see how spendthrifty the Affluent are when the Recession hits.
The affluent don’t have recessions.
Hmm that’s interesting judging by the stock market over the last 3 weeks the filth you just spewed out your mouth is completely wrong.
Look this is a no risk venture.
You get a lot of PR and with the price you will lose money.
If the cars is a hit you have people waiting for it. If it tanks you easily sell the few you say you were going to sell.
Let’s face it the bar is low for this car to succeed. Also the people it is targeted at are pretty recession proof.
I normally would not back a car like this but with all the factors and a low volume goal I say it is a low risk move.
Changing a vehicle like an Escalade to an EV is where the major risks will be and have to be timed right
One thing to make a car like this successful is to be able to tell people you can have on in a year or so. Crazy as it sounds but exclusivity plays a role.
Let’s hope this car happens. More sedans please.
On Ford Authority the other day I read where Lincoln may be bringing back the sedans. Just like others on here who have stated that the EV’s may give the brands the ability to build more types of vehicles (sedans, SUV’s, etc) while using the EV platforms, the article about the Lincolns said that same thing. Let’s hope it comes to fruition.
GM does not learn from it’s past. First, GM does not like limited production. If a model does not sell 50,000 plus ( luxury ) they lose interest. Second, the most expensive sedan is the CT5 V Blackwing which, FULLY optioned, hits $125,000. The massive gap between the CT5 and the Celestiq is $75,000 plus!! When GM introduced the first resizing, they led with the Seville, priced at the top of the line, but within $1,000 of the top of the line without all the options.
Cadillac should be in the luxury and uber luxury segments, but the have to put the time into rebuilding the brand. Unfortunately, they have soiled the vaulted. Standard of the World with 4-6-8, diesel, Norstar ( a hit or miss engine ) over shrinkage, near luxury lines….
GM IS FINALLY MANUFACTURING VEHICLES THAT THE CONSUMER
CERTAINLY WOULD PIRCHASE IF NOT FOR THEIR DEALER NETWORK.
ABSURD PREMIUMS AND IDIOTIC DEALER FEES.
GM ANSWERS THEY DONT CONTROL DEALER SELLING PRICRS DUE TO STATE FRANCHISE LAWS AND DEALER AGREEMENTS.
ANSWER! DONT GIVE ALLOCATIONS OF POPULAR VEHICLES TO DEALERS WHO ABUSE CONSUMERS
GM. WAJE UP!
Wow Zim, if it was only that easy. You seem to lack the understanding on all this. Don’t get me wrong, I’m totally against the “mark-ups” and price gouging, but what you are saying GM should do is not something they can do.
Tesla does the same thing and people are buying them.
I used to sell cars and laugh when I hear people say I hate to negotiate and will never pay more then go buy a tesla where they didnt negotiate but certainly paid more.
What’s more, GM Authority has learned that the Celestiq will only be offered in “affluent areas,” which means it will not be available throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Well, if that is not an insult to wealthy people in North America, I do not know what is…
If I’m interpreting the story correctly, they will sell here in NA and Canada in small numbers but will not be widely available throughout the US and Canada like the mainstream models. Sounds like this car will be sold thru standalone stores as “sold” for consumers to pick up in more affluent areas where the rich and wealthy live.
The Lyriq is the one being built in extremely small numbers!
Small numbers means in 2 years the cwr will be obsolete and won’t be able to fix it or get any replacement parts
Here is the kicker to that theory… By law, an auto manufacturer has to supply replacement parts for a production model for 10 years
As a owner of a Saturn Sky Red Line I can testify that GM will abandon your needs for replacement parts for their short lived vehicles along with a short lived existence of mechanics with ability to solve their problematic and mysterious problems. If you are lucky enough to find a GM dealer who will work on them or has replacement parts, you will pay dearly.
Exactly. Talk to any owner of a Chevy SSR or a Cadillac XLR.
I could not agree more.
“The flagship full size sedan”…”with 2+2 seating”…????
Offered only in “affluent markets”.
Guessing that, based on the obesity epidemic in the USA, those affluent-y types will not go for $200,000 boat pretending to be a 2+2 sports car.
The best one could hope for is that their car insurance covers termite damage, from Grandma’s old oak tree turned dashboard, by the time the elite-status shine wears off and the I-got-taken embarrassment sets in.
Hoping for a June reveal.
Why then does gm keep showing their modular platform with the Ultium battery pack with different body outlines in promotional videos? I’m sure you’ve seen it. They show the base then an animated blue line is drawn in various shapes to represent different vehicle types touting the platform’s flexibility. Isn’t that an indication that they plan to share the vehicle basis and all the underlying parts across different nameplates and brands? I thought that was why gm is so determined to go all-in on EVs. They’ll be the epitome of parts sharing which gm has long favored. They clearly depict this universality as a benefit on their website; they’re not hiding it. The following is a quote from a gm press release:
“Our modular vehicle platform powered by Ultium batteries provides a framework flexible enough to create vehicles to meet the needs of nearly every type of customer.”
To answer (in broad terms) the question you put out in your first sentence, GM is very excited about the future and the direction they have chosen. Their confidence in Ultium allows them to see mechanics as now less a concern than visual quality and design. The Ultium platform is the result of what they have learned through their years of efforts with electrification – EV1. Volt. SparkEV. Bolt. For GM now it is becoming a question of what do we choose to wrap around the innards and how much money will people pay.
Yet they only want SUVs & Crossovers !
GM is so sick …..do they have even common sense. let alone class ?
Example: The Camaro platform could should of been a base for a Buick Wildcat & Cadillac Eldorado…..
When they put the later on the Buii Website dealers were flooded with calls .
Then came the usual disclaimer .’ Buick doesn’t build this “.
A company wiry there reach & resources & foundation philosophy: ‘ A Car For Every Price & Purse ‘ , sure isn’t….
When they have FULL lines of SUVs its so ridiculous.
Downright corny & insipid.
The Celesque small batches thing would be fine , if Cadillac had a full line .
How can you be a halo , without a body ?
Simple : Make a Cadillac E Deville & Fleetwood .
Drop the Celesque .
PS Buick will reprise the Electra ….Goddess Of The Dawn ….guess ?
As an SUV !!
What a joke .
No wonder Buffet and Soros sold their shares of GM. This whole electric vehicle push from GM is a big joke. Do you realize GM is never going to sell 100,000 EVs a year? Last year GM sold only 25,000 EVs. The biggest joke this year is the Hummer EV. GM has sold just 500 this year!! I guess those 85,000 reservations meant nothing. Elon Musk is laughing at GM’s EV push. Elon is right, GM has to try harder.
That’s not a bad thing to an extent due to the “Build Shy” strategy that is currently being used, gm knows that they still have a lot more to do in terms of Charging Infrastructure that has to expand in greater numbers nationwide, while Tesla does provide Universal Power Connectors at some of it’s locations, I saw a Chevy Volt utilize one successfully at Target last week, they also realize that $100k+ to $200k vehicles is not meant for everyone’s budget and putting that ahead of a more affordable $30k vehicle to me is not the best strategy to entice millions of people into an EV but in this shaky economy, we all know they got to make some huge profit gains from these very expensive vehicles and with some of these customers, it’s working. Though Mary did state an “Anticipated” prediction on the number of EV’s that will allow for them to eventually take the lead over Tesla; with possible Job Losses looming nationwide in the near future due to the Inflation, raised Gas Prices, Property Taxes, Increased Rent, possible Bank Account freezes that could take place within the coming months along with the increased Price Gauging of new vehicles and a recently introduced Gas Tax added to the purchase of any EV regardless of the Auto Maker, the idea of trying to rush such a transition to Green Energy on customers to meet a sales number goal within a 13 year window is something she recently had to Back Pedal on.
The hummer ev is sold out for production for 2022. Not reservation wise but sales wise. A lot of those reservations are for the lesser expensive model which won’t be out until 2023 or 2024 depending on chip issues.
Tesla had said the model 3 was sold out for 4 years before production began but 6 months in you could order one and have it in 2 weeks. Musk is saying the same garbage about the cyberjunk.
Cut the FOX News politics .
Both men are not into cars & had no stock in GM.
GM has more orders then cars in the EV segment.
Get used to it . EVS are the future.