The only official indication of what the upcoming Cadillac Celestiq all-electric flagship luxury sedan will look like has come in the form of a teaser video released in January of this year. However, the rendering team at Cadillac Society has come up with its own interpretation, as seen in the images here.
Our underlying assumption is that the Cadillac Celestiq will share styling characteristics with two vehicles. The first is the upcoming Cadillac Lyriq crossover. The views are supported by reports about the vehicle received last year after a special media event where cameras were not permitted. As a refresher, the Lyriq will become the first electric Cadillac model available to the public when it goes on sale in the first quarter of 2002.
These styling features shared with the Lyriq include hidden headlights and two very large intakes, one on each side of the LED-infused grille with an illuminated Cadillac emblem in its center. The arrangement of vertical and horizontal lighting elements at the rear of the Lyriq show car has also been carried over to the rendering.
But the Lyriq is not the only inspiration. In terms of the overall body shape, our Cadillac Celestiq rendering is very much inspired by the Cadillac Escala concept, which made its debut at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, another feature mentioned by our source at the media event.
Even if the Celestiq does not turn out to look exactly like the rendering, we’re confident that it will be close.
As Cadillac Society previously reported, it now seems likely that the Celestiq will go on sale in either late 2023 or early 2024 as a 2024 model year vehicle. This would be two years earlier than previously thought, and if it happens it will be for the same reasons that the launch date of the Lyriq was brought forward by nine months to the first quarter of 2022: “engineering advances in battery technology, use of virtual development tools and lessons learned during” the development of other EV vehicles by Cadillac’s parent company, General Motors.
The Celestiq is expected to have a starting price around $200,000 – no small sum, but perhaps an appropriate one for a low-volume flagship model whose goal will be to elevate the image of the Cadillac brand. With the exception of the platform, panels and electric drivetrain, the Celestiq will also be predominantly hand-built. Its equipment will include a roof made of a four-quadrant, suspended-particle-device smart glass, each part of which can be adjusted for transparency by the passenger sitting directly beneath it. The Celestiq will also feature a full-width front digital display panel dwarfing even that of the 2021 Escalade.
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