Cadillac Celestiq morphs from concept to production with 600 hp
Cadillac Celestiq has been in the news for a while. The futuristic-looking luxury EV in its show car form is familiar to many. Cadillac now shows off the production version of the large EV, and it is pretty impressive on paper.
Celestiq exterior design
Design-wise, the Cadillac Celestiq is similar to its concept form. They are almost the same. It draws inspiration from its similarly futuristic sibling, the Lyriq crossover. Many design cues are different from the usual norm.
For example, the doors do not have handles at all. Users can operate them using buttons. The long swooping rear end is also unconventional and a bit polarising. But it will undoubtedly turn some heads on the road.
Celestiq interior layout
A massive 55-inch display panel dominates the interior. It gets two screens placed under a single pane of glass to make this enormous display. The passenger can play any media and use a privacy filter to stop the driver from seeing it.
There is yet another screen, measuring 11-inches on the centre console. Also, each rear passenger gets a screen measuring 12.6-inches diagonally. Finally, it gets one more screen, 8-inches in size, which is also mounted at the rear to operate the climate control, seats, door, etc.
Four zones divide the panoramic glass roof, and individual passengers can control each zone’s tint.
It is not just the design that is futuristic about the Cadillac Celestiq. The luxury manufacturer uses modern techniques to build it.
The Celestiq has 115 3D-printed parts. More than 300 pieces made in the large EV use a flex-fabrication method, which bends the metal pieces into any shape.
Underneath all this, the Cadillac Celestiq sits on GM’s Ultium platform, which underpins many other EVs.
There is a pair of electric motors, and the estimated combined output is 600 hp and 868 Nm of torque, enough to propel this large sedan from 0 to 100 kph in just over 4 seconds.
More final numbers of the Cadillac Celestiq are not in the public domain yet. The price, too, is shrouded with mystery, with some estimates claiming it will start above $300,000.
I guess the new trend that will take over in 2023 is the weird looking rear end.