Cadillac Celestiq EV: a high-tech, high-end electric Fastback | New

Cadillac has unveiled a pre-production version of the new all-electric Celestiq, the luxury brand GM’s second electric vehicle after the Lyriq SUV. Although Cadillac is keeping the lid off on key details including expected power, performance and range figures, we do know the Celestiq will be all-wheel drive and is built on the same Ultium platform as the 2023 Lyriq. , as well as GM’s stablemates the GMC Hummer VE and Chevrolet Silverado VE. Cadillac also revealed some unique features of the Celestiq, including an oversized LED display screen and a customizable glass roof.

Related: 2023 Cadillac Lyriq starting at $59,990, orders open in September

Exterior: Everything in the family

According to Cadillac, the Celestiq’s exterior is inspired by the brand’s historic sedans, such as the 1950s Eldorado Brougham. The Celestiq adopts a more futuristic look with its low stance, elongated hood, sloping roofline and its unique lighting elements. The fastback also has a strong family resemblance to its Lyriq SUV sibling: the vehicles share a similar grille design, vertically oriented LED headlights, a heavily sculpted profile and L-shaped taillights that extend to the pillars. C and are visible from the profile.

Interior: technical and customizable

Photos of the Celestiq’s interior reveal an upscale cabin that seats four. A large center console runs fore and aft and houses control displays for various vehicle functions and rotary dial controls for entertainment. The obvious attraction of this ‘show car’, however, is a massive 55-inch LED display that spans the full width of the dashboard up front. If such a large screen seems like a driving distraction, Cadillac has a solution: Digital Shades allow the front passenger to interact with the screen while blocking content from the driver’s view. Second-row occupants benefit from two large LED displays integrated into the seatbacks with separate controls.

The Celestiq’s glass roof is also customizable, which is expected to offer a four-quadrant suspended particle device system that allows each occupant to set their own level of transparency.

Cadillac says the Celestiq will also offer GM’s new Ultra Cruise system with Level 2 partial automation. The system expands the automaker’s existing hands-free semi-autonomous Super Cruise system with more advanced driving features such as lane changes. automated, turns and parking manoeuvres.

What else should you expect?

Cadillac currently offers two gas-powered sedans, the CT4 and the larger CT5 (both available in higher-performance variants), but the Celestiq will become the brand’s first all-electric sedan. Scheduled to be built at GM’s Worldwide Technical Center in Michigan, Cadillac says the vehicle will use more 3D-printed parts than any other GM vehicle to date.

Pricing for the Celestiq’s production model has not been shared, but buyers shouldn’t expect it to make the list of most affordable electric vehicles. A report from Automotive News estimates that the price of the Celestiq will drop by $300,000 to $350,000, with production expected to begin in late 2023. The vehicle will likely compete with premium all-electric sedans like the Lucid Air and Mercedes Benz EQS.

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