- Cadillac has pulled out the casings of the Celestiq, its new high-end electric vehicle.
- The long and low sedan will start at around $ 300,000, and each will be hand-built to customer preference.
- It promises a range of 300 miles. Production starts next year.
The brand that defined the American luxury car is building a shore yacht for the electric age.
After months of teasing, General Motors officially unveiled the Cadillac Celestiq on Monday, an ultra-luxury zero-emission sedan set to compete with high-end cars from Rolls-Royce and Bentley. It is part of GM’s ambitious plan to only sell electric vehicles by 2035.
It will start at around $ 300,000 before delivery and options fees, which buyers are encouraged to accrue with the help of a personal concierge who will guide them through the purchase process. Each Celestiq will be hand built to customer specifications and the brand will limit annual production to “extremely low volume”. Production starts in December 2023.
That high price tag gives you a sedan with over-the-top concept car styling and a silhouette like nothing else on the road. It looks exceptionally long and has a swift, sloping rear end reminiscent of electric vehicles like the Porsche Taycan and Mercedes-Benz EQS.
The interior of the Celestiq is characterized by elegant lines and a clean aesthetic. But Cadillac didn’t hold back when it came to screens – there are five of them. The star of the show is a 55-inch display that covers the dashboard made up of two separate screens. It is controlled by a rotating crystal dial.
Then there is a sloping “Front Command Center” mounted on the center console. Rear seat passengers are not excluded: they get a “Rear Command Center” along with 12.6-inch screens mounted on the front seat backrests.
Inside, the Celestiq receives ambient lighting, generous amounts of leather, and a glass roof that can be tinted at the push of a button. The roof has four zones that can be independently controlled.
Buyers can expect 300 miles of range from a 111-kilowatt battery, Cadillac says. Celestiqs will have all-wheel drive provided by two engines that together produce 600 horsepower and 640 foot-pounds of torque. The car can reach 60 mph in a short 3.8 seconds, Cadillac estimates. The brand thoughtfully included rear wheel steering to help customers navigate tight areas like parking lots without excessive K-turns.
The Celestiq debuts as a one-of-a-kind piece in GM’s wide-ranging electrification strategy that promises to bring electric vehicles of many body styles and price ranges to US roads. At the more affordable end of the spectrum will be the Chevrolet Equinox EV, which is aiming for a starting price of $ 30,000.
Current models like the Chevy Bolt EUV and Cadillac Lyriq SUV along with future ones like the GMC Sierra EV and Chevy Silverado EV pickups form the middle ground.