When it arrives, the Cadillac Celestiq will be the second BEV to arrive under the Cadillac brand behind Lyriq, which is just beginning to prepare deliveries. It will also be one of the upcoming electric vehicles to debut on GM’s parent company’s Ultium platform, readying it for fast charging across the US on the Ultium Charge 360 network (hopefully with Plug and Charge as well).
We first spotted the Cadillac Celtic winds in early 2021, along with an image showing a unique smart glass roof. Until then, Cadillac had been promoting its second BEV as a flagship vehicle clad in handcrafted materials.
We haven’t heard much since, until last June when Cadillac unveiled new images of the Celeste, describing its design as a “flagship” built to challenge the ultra-luxury class. Those initial photos left a lot to the imagination (we only saw a taillight, wheel and door hinge).
Days later, we learned that the Celestiq would be a completely handmade EV – designed for low volume and ultra-luxury production – and would contain more than a hundred 3D-printed components. GM President Mark Royce spoke at the time:
As Cadillac’s future flagship sedan, CELESTIQ signals a fresh, modern era for the brand. Each one will be hand-built by an amazing team of craftsmen on our historic technical center campus, and today’s investment announcement underscores our commitment to providing world-class Cadillacs with the very best in craftsmanship, design, engineering and technology.
We’re still not sure what the resulting “low volume” means for the Cadillac, but we were hoping to find out more today when full-body photos of the Celtic were revealed. In anticipation of today’s biggest reveal, Cadillac teased some new photos on Wednesday. Here is a summary:
Although we have plenty of images to watch out for, there are still plenty of question marks surrounding this electric vehicle such as, “What design elements will you actually bring into the production version?” and “Will this electric car really cost the rumored $300,000?”
We still don’t know those answers, but we’re at least getting a better look at the futuristic design of the upcoming sedan. check it out:
Cadillac shares new photos and details of the Celeste sedan
In a press release this morning, Cadillac officially revealed its Celestiq show car, calling it “a vision of innovation and purpose that precedes the brand’s future flagship sedan, hand-crafted and all-electric.”
According to GM’s luxury brand, the Celestiq design team was immersed in Cadillac’s antebellum history of sedans, combining it with the hand-made El Dorado Brougham customization of 1957. Celestiq chief engineer Tony Roma explained:
These vehicles represented the pinnacle of luxury in their respective eras, and helped make Cadillacs the benchmark for the world. The Celestiq show car – a sedan too, because the configuration offers the best ultra-luxury experience – builds on this pedigree and captures the spirit of access they expressed.
By building a new show sedan from the ground up on GM’s Ultium platform, the Cadillac team sought to combine form and function to deliver an electric vehicle that evokes emotion at first sight. See photos of the Cadillac Celeste above. Are you sentimental? Perhaps these additional design details will spark something inside of you:
- Five advanced high-definition interactive LED screens
- It includes a 55-inch diagonal display screen with electronic digital curtains with active privacy technology, designed to allow passengers to enjoy video content while obscuring it from the driver’s view.
- (Expected) Industry top priority:
- Intelligent Variable Transmission Glass Roof with Particle Suspended Device (SPD) Technology – Four zones of variable illumination occupants can be precisely tuned for personalized comfort and visibility
- Ultra Cruze from General Motors Real hands-free driving
When it reaches production, the Celestiq will be handcrafted at GM’s global technical center in Michigan as part of an $81 million investment to support the assembly process. According to General Motors, the Celestiq will be the first production car built on this campus since it opened in 1956.
Cadillac has shared that additional details regarding the Celestiq’s production will be announced later this year, but for now we only have pictures. Oh, and launch the video below – enjoy!
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