Azerbaijani car designer Samir Sadikhov’s renderings of the concept car he calls the Cadillac C-Ville were made way back in 2013. Now, a decade later, they still look very fresh. And if they were to influence the design of future models from the luxury marque, then that would be okay with us.
Sadikhov previously stated that the object of the Cadillac C-Ville project, whose name cleverly refers back to the Seville models, was “to design an ultimate top-lux Cadillac, with modern design language of the brand”. He wanted “to design the car in simplest way without useless details on it”, a philosophy that anyone familiar with his other work will immediately recognise.
As shown on Sadikhov’s Instagram page, the Cadillac C-Ville is both simple and elegant, with just the right amount of lines. Sadikhov appears to have made this decision after some thought, since another image provides the progression of his idea via a split rear screen and central rear fin.
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Cadillac has moved on from the design language – known as the first iteration of Art and Science – which inspired Sadikhov in 2013, so the Cadillac C-Ville now has a slightly retro look to it. Even so, the rendering bears some resemblance to the Escala concept car, which was introduced at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
The Escala eventually transitioned to the Cadillac Celestiq, the marque’s forthcoming flagship electric vehicle. Incidentally, the Cadillac C-Ville renderings carry a similar design theme as the Celestiq in that both vehicles have large, almost exaggerated C-pillars. The Celestiq’s C-pillar, for instance, integrates the tail lights and has a fastback-like shape.
As a reminder, the Celestiq – which was revealed last October – will ride on the luxury marque’s BEV3 electric vehicle platform and will be powered by a 111 kWh battery pack and a dual-motor all-wheel-drive propulsion system. Cadillac estimates that this setup will be good for approximately 300 miles of driving range on a single charge while providing a whopping 600 horsepower and 640 pound-feet of torque.
The Celestiq will have a starting price around $300,000 and will be hand-built in Michigan. It will be highly customizable, down to the most minute details.
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Looks better than the actual one.
John M Engelman
I like the Escala much better. It was the perfect step up for the CT6, and the El Miraj would have been a perfect compliment as the Coupe. Too bad Cadillac lost it’s way……
Totally agree. After driving Cadillacs since 1992, when I trade in my 2018 XTS Platinum, it may be time to part ways. $300K for the next step? I’m not smoking the same good stuff as the Cadillac decision makers!
John M Engelman
My Cadillac Dealer said they will not be getting a Celestiq because no customers have expressed an interest in it. Cadillac wants the dealers to pay $500,000 to get one….
Frank A Ricciardi
The C-Ville is a hell of a lot better looking than the Celestiq or the Celestugly as I like to call it.
Too bad Mary Barra did not choose this design. It might have kept Cadillac from going out of business.
Agree with the overall sentiments expressed! This must be an “April Fool’s” article? The sketches could have evolved nicely into nicer vehicles than anything GM has shown–we are witnessing the dismal ending of a great American brand!
If Cadillac shifts to all electric cars, I will stop buying them. I want a real car… not an expensive toy that is unusable most of the time. If Cadillac comes up with an onboard charging system I would reconsider.
You mean that the actual price of a Celestiq is really over $300K !! I thought THAT was just a long running April Fools joke. I bet they don’t even sell 400 of them. Most will go overseas to the desert nations.
Don’t disparage the sales of the Celestiq yet. Every rapper will be wanting one. Brilliant move on Cadillac’s part.