Yes, The Cadillac Celestiq Could Become The American Standard for EV Luxury and Performance
I’ve written before regarding my praise of the Cadillac brand, rising from an “old” brand to one of the industry’s most respected — and most popular in a variety of market segments. The brand has made one of the most strategic “turns” in the history of the industry. Consider this: You can still buy yourself a Blackwing and it’s one of the hottest street monsters available today.
Once again, Cadillac pivots, going all-in with an upcoming lineup of EVs that are focused on range, performance and luxury.
Featuring GM’s BEV3 electric vehicle architecture
The Celestiq will be an extended-length, four-door with a hatchback like an Audi A7 rather than a trunk like a Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class for the full four-door coupe effect. Built on GM’s new BEV3 electric vehicle architecture, the fully electric Celestiq will hide its batteries under the floor and can be powered by from one to three electric motors. It could become the standard with the largest battery pack and more powerful motors in GM’s lineup, giving it the longest range and highest performance possible. Fast charging at 800 volts will allow it to be rapidly topped up at public stations.
Celestiq EV will possess a unique Ultium platform and standard all-wheel drive and 4-wheel steering, with at least a 400-mile range. The cosmetic features are always present and use of natural materials. The exterior is futuristic and altogether a thrill to see. It’s a pricey vehicle, but with everything considered, it’s worth the dough.
Built by Hand, Designed For The Future
Every Celestiq will be hand-built, with extra attention paid to the interior. The rear seat will take advantage of the car’s proportions to offer a plethora of space to the captain of industry being chauffeured. Special touches will include an all-glass roof running from the windshield to the hatchback, giving occupants minimally obstructed views from the hood all the way over the top to the taillights. In the dashboard, flower petals will float in acrylic—a similar effect to a Rolls-Royce Phantom’s display case. Banner technology like Super Cruise, the highway-capable hands-off cruise-control system, will assuredly be standard.
With A Stiff Pricetag…
Barring any disruptions in the production timeline, Cadillac is planning to put the Celestiq on sale in 2022. Given the hand assembly and extra touches, we expect it to start at $200,000 and ratchet up quickly with personalization.