The Cadillac Celestiq is an important vehicle, underlining Caddy’s all-electric transition as the brand’s all-new flagship sedan model. And although the Cadillac Celestiq will be sold overseas, it will not be available in right-hand drive, per a recent statement made by Cadillac Celestiq Chief Engineer Tony Roma.
In a recent interview on Autoline After Hours, Chief Engineer Roma addressed questions from the audience, including a question regarding the Cadillac Celestiq’s available driving configurations. According to Roma, the Celestiq will be sold in right-hand drive markets, but will remain exclusively left-hand drive.
“No plans for right-hand drive,” Roma said. “We are going to sell in Japan and in the U.K., but we’ll sell the left-hand drive car with right-hand lamps.”
The “lamps” are likely a reference to the sedan’s headlights, which will need to be configured for a right-hand drive beam pattern so as not to blind oncoming traffic. However, the cabin configuration will remain left-hand drive for all markets.
Check out the interview below. Roma’s statement regarding right-hand drive configurations is around the 39:45 mark.
Built by hand at the GM Global Technical Center in Warren, Michigan, The General plans to produce just two units of the Cadillac Celestiq per day by December of the 2023 calendar year. Each unit will offer an extreme level of customization, with customers choosing from a broad variety of exterior finishes, interior colors, materials, and more.
Interestingly, Roma also indicated that interest for the Cadillac Celestiq was so strong that it could potentially outpace production capacity for the next 12 to 18 months, with “quite a few hand-raisers” vying to get a Cadillac Celestiq of their own. This is particularly interesting when considering that pricing starts north of $300,000.
With regard to the technical bits, the Cadillac Celestiq rides on the GM BEV3 platform, and equips a 111-kWh GM Ultium battery pack and advanced GM Ultium all-wheel drive system. Peak output is estimated around 600 horsepower and 640 pound-feet of torque, enough to propel the luxury sedan to 60 mph in less than 4 seconds.