After months of hints, General Motors on Monday finally debuted the Cadillac Celestiq, a super-luxurious, zero-emission sedan designed to compete with Bentley and Rolls-and-Royce’s other high-end automakers’ high-end vehicles. It fits into General Motors’ ambitious ambition to market solely electrified automobiles by 2035.
It will start at about $300,000 before delivery costs and extras, and purchasers are welcome to add more to that price with the assistance of a private concierge who will walk them through the buying process. Beginning in December 2023, each Celestiq will be hand-built to the requirements of the user, with the brand limiting annual production to “an incredibly low scale.”
With that exorbitant price tag, you get a sedan with a concept-car style that is overdone and a unique profile. It sports a fastback rear end that is sloped and looks extraordinarily long, similar to EVs like the Mercedes-Benz EQS and Porsche Taycan.
The inside of the Celestiq is distinguished by its clean design and sleek lines. But when it came to screens, Cadillac didn’t hold back: there are five of them. The center of attention is a 55-inch dashboard display with two independent screens. It is managed via a rotary dial made of crystal.
Backseat passengers aren’t left out either: they receive a “Rear Command Center” in addition to 12.6-inch screens mounted to the front seat backs. There’s also a slanted “Front Command Center” mounted to the centre console.
The Celestiq’s interior features ample amounts of leather, ambient lighting, and a glass roof that can be tinted with the touch of a button. There are four separately programmable zones on the roof.
A 111-kilowatt battery should provide 300 miles of driving range, according to Cadillac. Two motors in the Celestiqs will offer all-wheel drive and have a combined output of 600 horsepower and 640 pound-feet of torque. Cadillac claims that the automobile can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds. Rear-wheel steering was deliberately added by the manufacturer to assist consumers in navigating confined spaces, such as parking lots, without making a lot of K-turns.
The Celestiq makes its debut as a component of GM’s extensive electrification strategy, which aims to introduce EVs with a variety of body types and pricing points to US roads. The Chevrolet Equinox EV will be at the more economical end of the scale, with a target starting price of $30,000.
The middle ground is made up of current models like the Chevy Bolt EUV and Cadillac Lyriq SUV as well as upcoming ones like the GMC Sierra EV and Chevy Silverado EV pickup trucks.