The 2024 Cadillac Celestiq has been one of Cadillac‘s most highly anticipated vehicles, with the Celestiq show car and a two sightings of prototypes providing hints and clues at what the production model will offer. Now, Cadillac has pulled the sheets off the production-spec model, providing a first look at the most advanced, luxurious and one of the most important vehicles ever offered by the luxury marque.
Serving as the new flagship of the legendary Cadillac marque, the 2024 Cadillac Celestiq takes inspiration from Cadillac’s storied history of building handcrafted and iconic vehicles, such as the 1933 V16 Aerodynamic Coupe and the 1957 Eldorado Brougham. To this end, the 2024 Celestiq will serve as the catalyst to establish Cadillac as the Standard of the World once more through its bold styling, next-gen technology, and extremely highly levels of customizable capability.
The Celestiq exudes ultra-luxury but maintains a sense of edginess unlike anything else in its segment. In designing the body, designers sought to challenge the ultra-luxury space with the spirit of futurism and the avant-garde. The front fascia, marked by a backlit polycarbonate grille with aluminum trim, and signature vertical lighting present a bold front end.
“Celestiq is the purest expression of Cadillac, acknowledging our incredible history and driving us to a bolder and brighter future,” said Global Vice President of Cadillac Rory Harvey. “It is a completely bespoke work of automotive art, built around the most advanced and innovative technology that we have ever engineered into an automobile.”
Inside, the 2024 Cadillac Celestiq’s craftsmanship becomes extremely apparent, with hand-finished metal pieces throughout and hand-wrapped leather adorning every surface. In a tribute to customizability, customers can finish and equip the interior with the best materials available in any way imaginable.
The centerpiece of the interior is a pillar-to-pillar, 55-inch-diagonal advanced HD display that shows driver and vehicle information, while the passenger side allows the occupants to play media, use internet capability, and connect their smartphones. A crystal multi-functional controller directs the 55-inch screen, offering intuitive control of the infotainment system and other features. The exquisitely detailed dial is composed of fine metal and glass, and it houses the Cadillac Goddess emblem.
The expansive, 55-inch screen is one of five high-definition displays in the vehicle, including a front console mounted 11-inch-diagonal touchscreen Front Command Center and a rear console mounted eight-inch-diagonal touchscreen Rear Command Center. These command centers allow owners to control many features within the vehicle, such as the seating positions, cabin temperature, door opening and closing, and tinting the all-glass roof panel.
In addition, rear seat passengers have their own advanced 12.6-inch-diagonal displays in front of them, mounted on the front seatbacks.
The 2024 Cadillac Celestiq employs an all-glass roof panel using Suspended Particle Device (SPD) technology to allow variable transmission of sunlight into the cabin. This means the client can control the amount of light allowed into the vehicle in four zones – one for each passenger area. This allows ultimate control over the amount of light entering the vehicle. The tint levels for the zones vary from less than one percent, for the darkest level of opacity, to 20 percent, which is the standard tint level of a traditional sunroof. It is also treated with infrared reflective and low-emissivity coatings that help retain heat and prevent sunlight from raising the cabin’s temperature.
The Celestiq is so forward-thinking, it has approximately 300 approved or pending patented technologies and processes, including innovation in hands-free driver assistance features, safety features, electrified propulsion systems, connected technologies as well as many advances found throughout the Ultium battery architecture. One of the more anticipated driver assistance technologies is GM’s Ultra Cruise, which is GM’s most advanced driver assist system that will be capable of autonomously handling 95 percent of driving situations. Furthermore, the Celestiq uses 115 3D-printed parts, and over 300 fabricated pieces throughout the body structure, chassis, interior and electrical components.
In the suspension department, the 2024 Cadillac Celestiq seeks to completely isolate the owner from their surroundings. To do this, the Caddy uses a five-link front and rear suspension geometry to handle the high torque output. Magnetic Ride Control 4 handles the dampening and is complemented by an Adaptive Air Ride suspension.
The 2024 Cadillac Celestiq rides on GM’s BEV3 platform and uses a 111-kWh battery pack driving a two-motor setup for all-wheel-drive propulsion. The ultra luxury sedan facilitates a 200 kW DC fast charging system that can add up to an estimated 78 miles of range in just 10 minutes at certain charging stations. In addition, the advanced AWD system can disengage the front or rear drive motors as required to provide optimal torque to enhance ride quality and electric driving range.
Total system output is a GM-estimated 600 horsepower and 640 pound-feet of torque. Unlike other Ultium-based EVs, the Celestiq has unique 11.59:1 front and 11.63:1 rear gear ratios, which are specially designed to optimize range and performance. The impressive horsepower and torque numbers enable the vehicle to achieve a 0-60 acceleration of 3.8 seconds.
Cadillac has made sure that each customer will be able to create a Celestiq that fits their desires. As GM Authority was first to report back in May, each Celestiq is custom-commissioned to provide a one-of-one blend of artistry, authenticity, craftsmanship and unparalleled refinement. The customer’s journey will be fully bespoke, with a highly personalized experience that includes access to a Cadillac designer and other exclusive services. This process will be curated to build a unique relationship between the customer, their Celestiq, and Cadillac.
Of course, all this personalization does come at a price, both figuratively and literally. Production of the 2024 Cadillac Celestiq will be extremely low, as the personalized production process takes significantly longer that a typical mass-produced vehicle. Additionally, the full-size four-door electric halo car will carry a steep asking price north of $300,000.
All Celestiqs will be assembled by hand at the GM Global Technical Center in Warren, Michigan, making it the first production vehicle to be built at the historic facility. Production is expected to begin in December 2023. Availability will be by waitlist only.