Cadillac is unveiling its new Celestiq, the production version of the eponymous concept unveiled last July. Based on General Motors’ Ultium platform, it will hit the market in 2024. It may well come to Europe.
Unveiled in 2020, the Cadillac Lyriq marked a true turning point for the American brand, until then more V8 than electric motors. Yes, but now this, like all the other manufacturers, must also keep up with the times and turn to more virtuous solutions. Especially if it wants to be marketed in Europe, while General Motors is seriously considering a return to the old continent.®
A high-end model
It is therefore in this context that the Lyriq was born, followed last July by the Celestiq, a concept car this time in the form of a large sedan that announces a production model that sees the light of day a little later. It has now been done, while Cadillac has just in a press release unveiled the final version of the show car, which retains the same name.
This one stays very close to the concept with its futuristic lines and its refined silhouette, despite its rather massive front face. However, a few things have been changed. like traditional mirrors now replacing cameras. The rims have also been revised, as have the shields, but in a very subtle way. The brand does not provide details on the car’s dimensions, which appear to be quite impressive.
On board, the presentation is identical to that of the concept, with the dashboard featuring a huge 55-inch digital panel consisting of two screens. An 11-inch is also installed on the center console, while the rear passengers can enjoy an 8-inch screen on the console and two 12.6-inch screens each on the back of the seats.
As per the concept, no less than 115 car components are made in 3D printing, such as the center of the steering wheel or the window buttons. The premium sedan also comes with Google Assistant, Google Maps and Google Play and is equipped with the semi-autonomous driving system Ultra Cruise level 2 or even 3. This should be launched on the brand’s models in 2024 by remote update.
Only one engine in the catalog
This Cadillac Celestiq will be based on the new Ultium modular platform developed by General Motors, compatible with several two- or four-wheel drive configurations. It also features an unprecedented battery developed with LG Chem, which has the distinction of having a low cobalt content and showing a reduced production cost.
The version located under the floor of the electric sedan has a capacity of 111 kWh and then allows it to reach a range of 483 kilometers (probably on the EPA cycle, therefore around 550 km on the WLTP cycle). The car also has a one-pedal drive system, such as on the Nissan Leaf.
It only takes 10 minutes to recover approximately 125 kilometers on a fast DC terminal, while the car can collect up to 200 kW of maximum power. The sedan is equipped with two engines with a total of 600 horsepower and 866 Nm of torque, all distributed between the four wheels. 0 to 100 km/h is then reached in 3.8 seconds. It also has an adaptive pneumatic damping system for optimal comfort.
What release date?
The brand’s first car to be assembled at the Warren plant in Michigan, the The Cadillac Celestiq will begin production in December 2023 and will be launched in 2024 at a price of around 300,000 dollars, or approximately 304,924 euros. It will also be compatible with OTA remote updates, like many other models on the market.
Each example will be handcrafted and never more than six cars will be assembled on the production line at a time. Now it remains to be seen whether it will come to Europe, which could be very possible. A few months ago, General Motors also gave us some details about their return.
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