Cadillac, which celebrated its 120th anniversary on August 22 and is preparing to stop selling gas-powered vehicles in 2030, has just unveiled the production version of the Celestiq concept seen over the summer.
This new all-electric flagship car embodies the future vision of luxury at Cadillac, which once again intends to become “the standard on the planet” ahead of brands such as Bentley and Rolls-Royce. Coincidence or not, the latter presented on Tuesday its brand new and long-awaited Electric Spectre.
At the same time, we learn that the Celestiq will go into production in December 2023 in specialized facilities at GM’s Global Technical Center in Warren, Michigan. Cadillac confirms that its base price should be more than $300,000, or more than $400,000 Canadian at the current exchange rate. That’s 10 times more expensive than a basic CT5!
Each copy will be assembled by hand and customized to the buyer’s taste. Cadillac will also create a service dedicated specifically to guaranteeing a rich and unique customer experience.
As an architectural monument
The designers and engineers were inspired by the famous V-16 of the 1930s as well as the 1957 Eldorado Brougham to create a sedan with an incomparable silhouette. The Celestiq still looks like a Lyriq crossover… in an elongated and flat format. It sits on gigantic 23-inch wheels (shod in Michelin Pilot Sport EV performance EV tires) and uses GM’s Ultium platform.
Its very long wheelbase houses a 111 kWh battery, which according to the manufacturer’s estimates should provide a range of 300 miles, while the power of the two electric motors that make up the advanced four-wheel drive will amount to 600 horsepower and 640 lb-ft of torque . – numbers again unofficial. It is about an acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in less than four seconds.
The charging port on the left front fender is illuminated and its opening is automated. Incidentally, Cadillac mentions that the Celestiq will be able to regain 125km of range in just 10 minutes when connected to a 200kW fast terminal.
The suspension and steering system, in turn, are tuned to provide a sense of “isolated precision,” a term Cadillac uses to describe exceptional ride comfort that doesn’t sacrifice handling. It includes adaptive air damping combined with Magnetic Ride Control 4.0 technology, active roll stabilizers, and rear wheels capable of turning up to 3.5 degrees for more maneuverability and stability.
Under a smart glass roof divided into quadrants, the opacity of which can be adjusted according to the wishes of the occupants (a first in the industry), the spectacular cabin of the Cadillac Celestiq is discovered at the touch of a button, since there are no door handles. It has astonishing attention to detail—the kind you don’t even see in a Bugatti or Koenigsegg, according to Cadillac interior design chief Tristan Murphy. And as previously mentioned, no two interiors will be identical thanks to the endless materials, colors and trims available.
If the 450 individual LED lights controlled by ambient lighting and offering 18 different animations create something of a spectacle, how about the 55-inch HD digital interface that stretches across the entire width? The left screen can be compared to an 8K TV, while the front passenger will be able to watch videos or other content without the driver being able to see anything due to its angle.
The other screens are found on the front (11 inches) and rear (8 inches) console, as well as on the back of each front seat (12.6 inches). Also noteworthy is the crystal multifunction knob, adorned with the Cadillac Goddess emblem, which is used to control the infotainment system. The AKG Studio Reference sound system has, hold tight, 41 speakers, three of which are outside the car.
Wait, that’s not all: The Celestiq will include GM’s next-generation semi-autonomous driving technology, called Ultra Cruise, as well as a remote-assisted parking system. The good life, what! Do not miss to consult our photo gallery to better admire it.