Cadillac Celestiq: What We Know And Expect19
Cadillac is stepping into the all-electric space with bravado, with plans to unveil a brand-new all-electric halo vehicle dubbed the Cadillac Celestiq. Now, GM Authority is taking a closer look at the Cadillac Celestiq by gathering up what we know and expect ahead of its official debut.
Before we launch into this, we should note that much of this information is in regard to the Cadillac Celestiq show car, rather than the final production car, so gauge your expectations appropriately.
In terms of body style, the Cadillac Celestiq will be a full-size four-door sedan, pulling styling inspiration from the Cadillac Escala concept, as well as the styling direction established by the Cadillac Lyriq crossover. The front end will be characterized by twin intakes in the sides of the front bumper, while LED lighting will be everywhere, including in the grille and horizontally oriented elements front and back. Also expect illuminated logos.
The cabin space of the Cadillac Celestiq will feature a hand-crafted allure and top-shelf appointment, with numerous highly customizable, bespoke options offered to customers, all the way down to materials selection. The cabin will also feature a wealth of cutting-edge technology, including an SPD Smartglass roof with programmable opacity, as GM Authority exclusively covered previously. Finally, the Cadillac Celestiq will be among the first GM vehicles to offer the advanced GM Ultra Cruise system.
Under the skin, the Cadillac Celestiq will ride on the GM BEV3 platform, with a skateboard-type layout.
Powertrain, Range, Charging
Motivation will be sourced from GM Ultium battery and GM Ultium drive motor technology, with output expected to hit the pavement through rear-wheel drive as standard, and all-wheel drive as optional. Ultium battery options may range as high as 200 kWh, providing upwards of 400 miles of range per charge. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph may take just 3 seconds to complete.
The Cadillac Celestiq will likely be the most expensive production Cadillac model ever offered, with the latest estimate hitting around $300,000, depending on the options and features selected.
Launch Timeframe & Availability
The Cadillac Celestiq is expected hit the market for the 2024 model year, and will be sold in select, affluent areas in the U.S., Canada, and Middle East. Look for the Cadillac Celestiq show car to be revealed on July 22nd.
The Cadillac Celestiq will be built at the GM Global Technical Center in Michigan, boasting a hand-built manufacturing process that’s unique among GM vehicles. Production numbers will be very low.
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Hmm, I find it hard to fathom that the top dog premiere luxury sedan that Cadillac intends to build would only come with RWD. In my mind, it will be AWD. The question is, will it have just 2 motors or will it contain 3 and top the Hummer in performance?
Top specs will most likely offer a tri-motor configuration and very impressive numbers. Many people claiming you can’t do it GM, time to put the naysayers TO BED. Ford and Stellantis are shook.
They really should have stayed with the rear design from the concept car a few years ago…..
I daily drive a 1953 Series 62. Near mint condition. Dripping with chrome. Crystal Green Metallic. Wide whitewall tires. Wire wheels. Wherever it goes it stops traffic. Folks smile, wave, holler, take pics. Everyone, young, old, tall, short, pretty, ugly, everyone loves my Cadillac. It has a massive presence. It makes people happy just to see it.
IMO this 300k Cadillac has no presence at all. 300k for a car most people wouldn’t even notice on the street.
My new Escalade was 128k out the door. That’s a lot of moolah! This sedan for 300k? Is this the future of Cadillac? (I freakin love my Escalade!)
This will be the future of Cadillac.
Just remember that the CELESTIQ will be low volume as a halo to lure potential buyers for the rest of the Cadillac line-up. There will be more expensive projects down the road sans as high like the CELESTIQ.
But there will be lower cost models equivalent to the ICE models on sale currently.
I would love to take my gas guzzling Escalade to my privet jet just so I can circle over John Kerry’s house, maybe even dump my poop tank in his pool. But I’m just a middle class working stiff that can’t afford those luxuries.
With this being a Cadillac range topper, a G650 would have been more appropriate for the photo shoot.
A G550 is a great old bird, though.
According to the story, this car is not going to China? I’ve heard that the Escalade and the Vette will be imported due to creation of a new China-based premium import business focused on importing “iconic vehicles” from the USA so it would make sense the CELESTIQ will be sold for that market unless this story is partially incorrect for the market.
Maybe it all depends on the US demand for this model. If in 3-4 years there is available capacity, it will be considered for export.