The return to the form of a former world standard

The all-electric Cadillac Celestiq ushers in a new era for the once-powerful American automaker. Known as the “Standard of the World” for winning the prestigious Dewar Trophy in 1908 and 1912, Cadillac pioneered mass production efficiency with its interchangeable parts, patented electrical systems, and powerful engines. Cadillac designed the world’s first V16 engine in 1930, and the automaker was the first to use an all-steel roof and unbreakable glass in a production car.

It doesn’t seem like it now, but Cadillac was at the forefront of technology even before General Motors took over in 1909. The brand is in the midst of a reinvention with its all-electric Lyriq SUV, the first Caddy EV to hit showrooms. popped up. The next example is the all-new Celestiq four-door luxury sedan, a return to form for the brand. “Celestiq is the purest expression of Cadillac, acknowledging our incredible history and propelling us into a bolder and brighter future,” said Rory Harvey, Cadillac Global Vice President.

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The incoming Celestiq is Cadillac’s second EV and the brand’s most technologically advanced production vehicle. It also symbolizes the return of handmade fabrication, as each Celestiq is handcrafted and personalized to order. “With an extremely low number of hand-built vehicles offered globally each year and an exclusive declaration process, Celestiq will truly be a bespoke one,” added Harvey.

Boasting a bold stance with its long dash-to-axle ratio, extended wheelbase, station wagon-style rear end and high-tech lighting elements, the Celestiq is Cadillac’s new flagship. It evokes memories of vintage land yachts with bold style elements and luxurious fittings. Cadillac has a nagging habit of releasing compelling concept cars that won’t see the light of day, but the Celestiq is as real as it gets, concept looks and all.

Cadillac Celestiq. Photo: Cadillac.

Ultium drivetrain

No two Cadillac Celestiqs will look the same, though all will feature an Ultium powertrain under those shapely body panels with two electric motors, four-wheel drive and a 111-kWh battery pack. Pumping a GM estimated 600 horsepower and 640 lb-ft. torque, the Celestiq’s bespoke 11.59:1 (front) and 11.63:1 (rear) gear ratios unleash exhilarating performance and acceptable range, taking the car from 0 to 100 km/h in approximately 3.8 seconds. you’re propelled and a 300-mile range is delivered thanks to single-pedal driving and regenerative braking.

In addition, the Celestiq accepts fast charging up to 200 kW DC when the batteries run out to replenish 125 km of range in approximately 10 minutes.

Ultra-luxurious ride

The incoming Cadillac Celestiq may have the power to drive like a sports car, but it’s still a luxury vehicle at heart. It has five-link front and rear suspension with adaptive air springs and magnetic dampers to provide a comfortable yet responsive ride that belies the Celestiq’s 18 feet in length and seven feet in width. “We’ve integrated Cadillac’s expertise in developing advanced chassis and suspension systems into an entirely new customer experience,” said Tony Roma, Cadillac Celestiq Chief Engineer.

Cadillac’s first Active Roll Control system debuts in the Celestiq with a more agile ride, while torque-vectoring four-wheel drive and active rear steering provide increased grip, stable handling and improved agility.

Advanced construction

The new Cadillac Celestiq features various manufacturing techniques such as mega casting, additive manufacturing (3D printing) and flex manufacturing. The undercarriage has six sand-cast or mega-cast aluminum parts to save space while improving structural rigidity.

Celestiq has over 115 3D printed parts, including window switches, console decorations, handles and more. In addition, the vehicle has more than 300 “flex-fabricated” components where metal plates are manipulated into unique shapes such as paper origami.

New luxury standards

While the Cadillac Celestiq has more than enough power to prove a point, its main strength is delivering the highest level of chic and prestige to its occupants. It has electrically opening and closing doors that eliminate the need for conventional doorknobs. The cabin is a cacophony of hand-finished metal trim, hand-wrapped leather upholstery and an endless choice of material choices, colors and finishes. “Celestiq is so much more than the vehicle itself; it’s a work of art,” said Laetitia Lopez, lead designer of colors, materials and finishes for the Cadillac Celestiq.

Standard in every Celestiq is a four-zone fixed glass roof, equipped with Suspended Particle Device Technology and choreographed with multi-color mood lighting, allowing each occupant to choose an opaque or fully transparent roof. Front and center of the expansive dash is a 55-inch high-definition touchscreen infotainment system with Google Built-In, connected cameras and Ultra Cruise hands-free driving capabilities.

The rear passengers have individual 12.6-inch displays and an 8-inch touchscreen in the center console to play with, while the driver and front passenger have access to an 11-inch front command center screen to adjust vehicle settings, such as the tinted glass roof, cabin temperature and more.

Compelling tunes are courtesy of a custom AKG Studio Reference audio system with three amplifiers, 30 channels and 38 speakers. The Celestiq also has three external loudspeakers to warn pedestrians and cyclists on the road. In addition, the new Cadillac Celestiq debuts a four-zone Gentherm microclimate system. It has up to 33 microclimate devices to provide tailored comfort settings for the neck wraps, heated armrests and ventilated seats.

Cadillac Celestiq interior layout.
Cadillac Celestiq interior layout. Photo: Cadillac.

2024 Cadillac Celestiq Awards

Production of the Cadillac Celestiq is scheduled for late 2023 at the General Motors Global Technical Center in Warren, Michigan. Potential customers undergo a design consultation process by a dedicated Cadillac Concierge to bring their Celestiq to life.

The base price starts north of $300,000 and will increase significantly depending on the buyer’s level of customization. Cadillac will not build more than six Celestiqs at any given time to ensure quality and attention to detail.

Alvin Reyes is an Automoblog columnist and an expert on sports and performance cars. He studied civil aviation, aviation and accounting in his early years and is still deeply in love with his former Lancer GSR and Galant SS. He also likes fried chicken, music and herbal medicine.

Photos & Source: Cadillac.

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