The Cadillac Celestiq full-size electric luxury sedan is expected to be the last of six Cadillac EV models to go on sale by the end of 2025, and it has been reasonable to assume that it will become available in that year. However, it would seem that the Celestiq will actually come to market quite a bit earlier than that.
The first Cadillac EV model, the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq crossover, was originally scheduled to arrive at the end of 2022. But now, it will go on sale nine months earlier, in the first quarter of the 2022 calendar year.
Cadillac attributes this change to being able to pull ahead both the development and launch of the “modular and highly flexible qualities of the Ultium [battery] system”, as well as “engineering advances in battery technology, use of virtual development tools and lessons learned during the Hummer EV development process”.
In the case of the Cadillac Celestiq, Cadillac Society now has reason to believe that it will go on sale earlier than 2025, specifically in either late 2023 or early 2024 calendar years, most likely as a 2024 model. If this is true, and the Cadillac Celestiq proves to be the last of the projected EVs to become available, electric vehicles will make up half of Cadillac’s vehicle portfolio two years earlier than previously thought.
Other electric Cadillac models outside of the Lyriq and Celestiq are two more crossovers called Optiq and Symboliq, as well as an electric version of the Escalade plus a sedan/coupe cross so far referred to only as the “low-roof” EV.
Expected to have a starting price around $200,000 the Celestiq will be Cadillac’s flagship sedan. With the exception of the platform, panels and electric drivetrain, final assembly of the Celestiq will be conducted by hand. The full-size model will offer up Cadillac’s latest features and technologies, headlined by a large horizontal display spanning the entire width of the dash along with a glass roof divided into four quadrants whose transparency can be individually adjusted by the occupants sitting directly under them.
Until very recently, the only clue as to the outer appearance of the Cadillac Celestiq has been the Cadillac Escala concept, which was displayed at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Further clues were revealed earlier in January via a teaser video.
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