Cadillac Celestiq Production Model Debuts As Flagship EV With 600 HP

The Cadillac Celestiq is making the transition from a stylish show car to the luxury brand’s new flagship offering. Production doesn’t start until December 2023, but the company released the first official specifications for the sedan.

Cadillac will generate each instance as a special commission. Prices will start above $300,000 and will increase depending on the client’s specifications for the vehicle.

Technology

Celestiq drives the General Motors Ultium Platform. The pair of electric motors is estimated to produce a total of 600 horsepower (447 kilowatts) and 640 pound-feet (868 Newton-meters) of torque. It delivers a projected acceleration of up to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) in 3.8 seconds.

The large sedan has a 111-kilowatt-hour battery that gives an estimated range of 300 miles (483 kilometers). The system supports 200-kW DC fast charging that provides 78 miles (126 kilometers) after being plugged in for 10 minutes.

Traveling on the Celestiq is supposed to be a relaxing experience. The suspension consists of a five-link setup at the front and rear. Adaptive air springs and Magnetic Ride Control 4.0 system absorb bumps. On the first Cadillac, the Active Roll Control stabilizer bar countered body roll during cornering. The rear wheel can rotate up to 3.5 degrees for increased maneuverability.

Buyers can order the Celestiq with 23-inch forged aluminum wheels. This model gets a unique version of the Michelin Pilot Sport EV tires with a tread pattern, self-sealing technology and foam inserts for a quieter ride.

The Celestiq supports Ultra Cruise’s hands-free driving assistance system, which should make traveling even more relaxing. The sedan can also park itself remotely, even if the driver is outside the vehicle.

Appearance

Nose Car Production Cadillac Celestiq
Cadillac Celestiq Production Car Rear Corner

The production Celestiq looks almost identical to the concept with its long hood and sloping roof. The exterior has no door handles. Instead, the owner pushes a button to open or close the door.

Celestiq uses high-end materials. There are 115 3D-printed components, including window switches, grip handles, and console trim. 300 pieces come from a flexible fabrication process that bends sheet metal into the desired shape. Also, the front fender grille and trim are made of milled cast aluminum.

Cabin

Car Dashboard from Cadillac Celestiq
Car Console Production Cadillac Celestiq

Inside, a 55-inch diagonal screen dominates the dashboard. It’s actually two screens sharing one glass pane. The driver uses metal and glass knobs on the console to control the system. Passengers can play media and use the Internet so there is a privacy guard that prevents drivers from seeing it. Additionally, the 11-inch diagonal monitor sits at an angle in the center stack between the front passengers.

Each rear passenger gets a 12.6-inch diagonal screen, and there’s an 8-inch diagonal screen at the back to adjust seat position, temperature and door operation.

Above the occupants, there is a smart glass roof with four controllable zones. Everyone can adjust the color from 20 percent to 1 percent. The panels are infrared reflective and have a low emissivity coating to prevent sunlight from warming the interior.

Buying Experience

When purchasing a Celestiq, a Cadillac dealer will connect the customer with a concierge who will coordinate communication with a designer. According to the company, no two sedan examples will ever be the same as clients will have so many personalization options.

Cadillac will build the Celestiq at the General Motors Global Technical Center in Warren, Michigan. The assembly team will work on no more than six vehicles at a time there.

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