The upcoming Cadillac Celestiq is one of the brand’s most anticipated products ever, serving as the most advanced, luxurious and exclusive vehicles ever offered by the luxury marque. Now, it seems as though interest for the Celestiq may translate into at least 18 months’ worth of production capacity.
During a recent interview on Autoline After Hours, Cadillac Celestiq Chief Engineer Tony Roma said that GM plans to build roughly two vehicles per day, by hand, at the GM Global Technical Center in Warren, Michigan starting in December 2023. It’s worth noting that the Celestiq will be the first production vehicle to be built at this facility.
Romo also went on to say, “We have quite a few hand-raisers. Many, many more than we’re going to be able to build in the first year, 18 months.”
According to Roma, this means that Cadillac has quite a few interested customers, including Lenny Kravitz, looking to get their hands on the bespoke luxury vehicle, so many that production could potentially be locked in for a year and a half. This is interesting news, as the Celestiq carries a substantial starting MSRP north of $300,000.
As a reminder, the Cadillac Celestiq will serve as the luxury marque’s flagship vehicle, and offers prospective buyers an almost-extreme level of customization. Stylistically, the Celestiq is intended to represent the avant-garde, with bold design themes throughout.
That theme continues into the interior, with hand-finished trim pieces throughout the cabin. A 55-inch center screen is just one of five high-definition displays in the vehicle, while rear-seat passengers have their own advanced 12.6-inch-diagonal displays. Meanwhile, above the occupants’ heads sits an all-glass roof panel using Suspended Particle Device (SPD) to allow variable transmission of sunlight into the cabin.
As for powertrain specifications, the Cadillac Celestiq rides on GM’s BEV3 platform and uses a 111-kWh battery pack to power an advanced all-wheel drivetrain. Total output is a GM-estimated 600 horsepower and 640 pound-feet of torque, yielding a 0-60 acceleration of 3.8 seconds.
As previously mentioned, production is expected to begin in December 2023, while availability will be by waitlist only.