The upcoming 2024 Cadillac Celestiq will serve as the luxury marque’s flagship model, offering extreme levels of customization, cutting-edge technology, and a solid amount of affluence. While an overall attractive vehicle in its own right, the Celestiq’s rear end has left many questioning Cadillac‘s design choices, particularly the hatch-like, fastback body style. Wondering what the Celestiq would look like as a traditional sedan, we rendered our own Celestiq sedan.
Achieving the three-box aesthetic of traditional sedans wasn’t easy on the Celestiq, requiring quite a few changes to the original.
For starters, we shrunk the rear glass and then pushed forward, which provided the necessary room for a rear decklid expected of a sedan, complete with a new type of an integrated spoiler. All that required us to then revamp the C-pillar to be thinner and more upright, as well as to reposition the taillights lower into the rear quarter panel.
All in, the Celestiq’s overall design language lends itself well to the traditional three-box form factor, and some members of Team GM Authority find this rendered sedan version to be more attractive than the actual production model.
Regardless, Cadillac’s decision to bring the Celestiq to market as a fastback sedan seems to be a nod toward ever-evolving vehicle design trends, which currently appear to favor utilities and fastbacks. That runs somewhat contrary to the luxury marque’s storied past, which was established through sedans along with sedan-like coupes and convertibles, including the Cadillac Eldorado, Eldorado Brougham and de Ville.
As GM Authority was the first to exclusively report, Cadillac will continue to offer sedan-like vehicles in the future, even in EV form, but whether those will take on a traditional three-box sedan shape or a more modern two-box shape like the Celestiq is currently unclear.
As a reminder, the 2024 Cadillac Celestiq offers prospective buyers a no-compromises buying experience, as customers can outfit their ultra luxury sedan in literally any way they want. Additionally, the Celestiq offers a bevy of high-tech features, including a 55-inch edge-to-edge center screen, plus an all-glass roof panel using Suspended Particle Device (SPD), to name just a few.
The production model uses a 111-kWh battery pack to power an advanced AWD drivetrain. Total output is a GM-estimated 600 horsepower and 640 pound-feet of torque, yielding a 0-60 acceleration of 3.8 seconds. The new flagship rides on the GM BEV3 platform, with production – by hand! – is expected to begin in December 2023. Availability will be by waitlist only.