General Motors dropped the veil a bit more on its Cadillac Celestiq electric sports car today, releasing four new pictures and offering a bit perspective about the future offering.
The shots show parts of, but not the entire vehicle, which is expected to arrive in 2024 as part of the luxury brand’s complete conversion to electric vehicles. The new EV is designed to challenge the “ultra-luxury space.”
“From its unique proportions and a new effortless, sophisticated form language, to the precision and attention to detail, Celestiq is unlike anything on the road today,” said Magalie Debellis, manager, Cadillac Branded Advanced Design. “From its inception, the Celestiq show car was crafted to reincarnate the ‘Standard of the World.’”
The new model certain draws inspiration from the dramatic early Cadillac models from the previous century with its futuristic look and avant-garde styling. The sports coupe will become the brand’s new flagship model when it arrives in about two years.
Officials have offered plenty of looks since the announcement it was coming in 2021, but none of them allowed for a look at the new model. The current shots highlight the use of lighting in the creation of its distinct look.
Cadillac’s signature lighting design rises to a new level on the Celestiq show car. Unmistakably Cadillac, but with a modern edge, a lively and soulful choreographed symphony of light boldly invites each passenger into the vehicle.
The most revealing picture shows part of the flat, long hood with a distinctive crease that looks like it would run the length of the car’s beltline. It also reveals that the new model is a wide, low aggressive beast with plenty of room between the crease and where the front quarter panel spills over the to form the side of the vehicle.
It also features seven-spoke wheels with the Cadillac crest in the middle of the hub. It will, of course, also house cutting-edge technology, including Ultra Cruise, which will control of a vehicle on local roads, even crowded subdivisions, as well as open highways. All told, it eventually will provide “robust door-to-door hands-free driving in 95% of all driving scenarios” in the U.S. and Canada, the automaker said.
What we’ve already seen
The Celestiq seen by reporters in March 2020 bore much in common with the over-the-top Cadillac Sixteen concept of 2003 with what was described as “a dramatic presence with a low profile and rear-drive proportions.”
One of the most distinctive features of the Celestiq will be an all-glass roof divided into four quadrants. It will use electroluminescent technology so that each of the exotic sedan’s passengers will be able to change it from transparent to opaque. The instrument panel, meanwhile, will take things a step beyond what is offered in the latest-generation Caddy Escalade, introducing a video screen running pillar to pillar. There will be additional screens for rear seat passengers and additional touchscreens to operate climate and other vehicle controls.
GM officials have been mum about other details but Celestiq will use an all-wheel-drive version of GM’s new Ultium BEV platform and, based on comments made previously by brand boss Steve Carlisle, range of 400 or more miles is likely. Meanwhile, the Ultium platform can deliver up to 1,000 horsepower, though it is not clear if the Cadillac Celestiq will push that high.