Cadillac Celestial | Great luxury with deafening silence

Historically, Cadillac has never really been a conscientious brand about its environmental footprint. Cantor of American excess, who became a global calling cardAmerican Dream, the luxury brand has long been betting on big engines roaring in the background moving huge, flashy objects. All of that has been shattered with the arrival of the Celestiq, the large electric sedan unveiled last week.

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Charles Rene

Charles Rene
Press

General Motors’ (GM) luxury brand’s latest creation, the Celestiq, is ushering in a paradigm shift in the interpretation of American luxury. Cadillac, however, refuses to avoid looking in the rearview mirror and uses the famous “Standard of the World” slogan used since 1908 to establish its dominance.


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The presence of a “fastback” rear roof line conveys a modern image and ensures practicality.

Its huge wheelbase and long rear overhang testify to its belonging to Cadillac. The presence of a “fastback” rear roof line conveys a modern image and ensures practicality. However, a level of opulence and sophistication unmatched by the manufacturer can be detected in the lighting design concept, subtly integrated into the front fascia and at the rear with scarlet boomerangs.

Opulent vault

The cabin takes Cadillac back to basics and features essential digital enhancements. The most striking example is the 55” screen. La Celestiq also relies on fully customizable material combinations to satisfy the discerning clientele it targets. Many parts made of aluminum are shaped on 3D printers. It’s no more and no less than a Rolls-Royce or Bentley, here in view with a ramp with disjointed lines, “creating a sense of movement around the occupants”, we say. Everything is assembled by hand, condition requires.


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Cadillac Celestiq interior

Comfort and grip

As is standard for electric luxury sedans, the Celestiq will be eligible for a duo of electric motors totaling 600 and 640 lb-ft. However, the point here is not to cultivate an exceptional level of performance. Instead, Cadillac focused on comfort by using electromagnetic dampers and air springs. Front steering with variable reduction combined with rear steering increases its degree of agility.

The Celestiq also uses its large 111 kWh battery as a structural element of the chassis. It provides a range of 483 km and a charging power of up to 200 kW.

The sedan will go into production as early as December 2023, and Cadillac is targeting a starting price of $300,000, or about C$413,000 at the current exchange rate. This makes it by far the most expensive model the brand has ever launched. Operations will also be severely limited by the artisanal assembly process, which limits production volume to just six vehicles at a time.

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