2024 Cadillac Celestiq Preview

Cadillac performed rolling marvels of excess and engineering in the early to mid-20th century. General Motors (GM) squandered the awe and wonder Cadillac fans had built for the brand with a long line of bland vehicles that lacked the “something special” many of its iconic models once had. offered. Things have changed over the past 20 or so years, and Cadillac now finds itself with an opportunity for reinvention with the stunning new Celestiq electric vehicle (EV).

The hand-built Celestiq rides on GM’s Ultium platform and features unique engineering to reduce complexity and improve structural rigidity. While the Celestiq is a car from a mainstream American automaker, Cadillac hasn’t targeted the all-electric sedan at its typical buyer. Cadillac says pricing for the Celestiq will start “north of $300,000”, making it the most expensive car the brand has ever sold.

Cadillac will build every new Celestiq at its technical center in Warren, Michigan. The automaker says it will be the first vehicle ever produced at the historic site and notes an investment of $81 million to support production. Only the people who build the car have access to the manufacturing site, and only six cars will be in production at any time. That’s probably a lot, given the level of customization and individuality Cadillac will offer buyers of the car.

What’s new for the 2024 Cadillac Celestiq?

  • An All-New Flagship Hand-Built Electric Vehicle Coming in 2024
  • Two electric motors produce a combined 600 horsepower and 640 lb-ft of torque
  • Standard Ultra Cruise hands-free driving
  • Start of production end of 2023
  • Pricing will start at over $300,000

Cadillac Celestiq 2024 Exterior

2024 Cadillac Celestiq Blue Rear quarter view

Although it uses GM’s flexible Ultium platform, the body of the Celestiq features a unique construction that reduces the number of parts to 30-40 parts. The car’s fastback shape and clean lines are reminiscent of 1930s and 1940s Cadillacs and feature heavy use of carbon fiber. Cadillac offers 23-inch wheels for the car, which gives it a dramatic side profile, almost like that of a gangster car.

The Celestiq’s body features several real metal accents, including the headlight and taillight trim, tailgate handles and brushed aluminum side trim. The car’s charge port features an LED light ring that gives a visual indication of charge status, and Cadillac has integrated other charge status indicators into the headlights and taillights. Cadillac says it will use more than 1,600 LEDs per vehicle to create unique animations in various scenarios.

Cadillac opted for power doors that lack handles, which it says gives the car a more aerodynamic and cleaner appearance. An active rear wing also deploys at high speeds for better downforce and stability. Cadillac says it will work with customers to design the car and even help create new paint colors if needed.

Interior Cadillac Celestiq 2024

2024 Cadillac Celestiq interior dashboard

Cadillac presents the Celestiq as an infinitely customizable car that exactly matches the desires of its owner, in the same way that Rolls-Royce markets its vehicles. Inside, that means buyers can pick almost any color, material and finish they want, and Cadillac will build it.

The automaker says it has relied heavily on 3D printing for details such as the steering wheel decoration, which would be impossible to create using traditional methods. Builders can customize more than 450 individual LEDs, and the interior features hand-wrapped leather surfaces and hand-finished hardware.

The car has a fixed glass “smart roof” which has four zones, each with its own shading mechanism. Called Suspended Particle Device Technology, this feature allows passengers to “darken” the glass with the push of a button.

2024 Cadillac Celestiq Specs

Although it is an old-fashioned luxury houseboat in the best possible way, the Celestiq presents breathtaking performance. General Motors estimates 600 hp and 640 lb-ft of torque from the twin-motor configuration. A 111 kWh battery provides power and has all-wheel drive. Cadillac has used specific gear ratios for front and rear to optimize range and performance and claims the car can hit 60 mph from a standstill in just 3.8 seconds.

A testament to the flexibility of GM’s EV architecture, the Celestiq shares a platform with the gigantic Hummer EV, Chevrolet Blazer EV and upcoming Chevrolet Silverado EV. Indeed, a $300,000 luxury car shares its underpinnings with a pickup truck. The versatile platform positions the batteries low in the floor of the car to improve handling and maximize interior space.

To control the car’s mass, Cadillac installed an adaptive air suspension in the Celestiq that provides a smoother ride than most systems. The vehicle also comes standard with 3.5 degrees of active rear steering which turns the rear wheels opposite the front at low speeds and with the front wheels at higher speeds. Axle-mounted electric motors provide electric torque vectoring, and the car comes with active roll stabilizers that Cadillac says work against cornering forces.

Cadillac worked with Michelin to design 23-inch summer tires only for the Celestiq. The automaker claims they combine low rolling resistance with better performance and steering response. They also feature self-sealing technology and foam inserts for a quieter ride. According to Cadillac, the 5-link front and rear suspension helps keep the car under control and provides a more isolated ride.

The Celestiq comes with Ultium Charge 360, which includes access to over 110,000 charging stations. Drivers can access stations through the myCadillac app or the car’s navigation system. Cadillac also says the Celestiq has 300 patented and patent-pending technologies in its driver-assist technology and EV propulsion systems.

2024 Cadillac Celestiq Security

Cadillac hasn’t detailed the Celestiq’s entire security setup, but says the car will feature its most advanced sensors. A remote parking system will allow the car to navigate in and out of parallel or perpendicular spaces. The vehicle also has a connected camera system that helps with theft protection and collision recording.

The Celestiq gets Ultra Cruise, an evolution of GM’s Super Cruise that debuted in the Cadillac Escalade. It will offer hands-free driving with lane changes and other features. It uses more sensors, works on more roads and provides a more complete view of the road around the vehicle. That said, it’s still only classified as a level 2 autonomous driving system, the Celestiq is therefore not officially an autonomous car.

2024 Cadillac Celestiq Technology

The Celestiq has an incredible 55-inch HD screen, and Cadillac says it’s one of five screens in the car’s cabin. The front console has an 11-inch screen and the rear console has an 8-inch screen to change seating position, temperature and door openings. Each front seatback is equipped with a 12.6-inch screen and the system works with Google built-in.

Maps, Google Assistant and Google Play Store are part of the package, but we’re expecting Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, HD Radio, SiriusXM Satellite Radio and all the other ‘normal’ tech accessories. According to Cadillac, the Celestiq’s climate control system uses 33 microclimate devices that allow fine adjustments to airflow, seat temperature and air direction. All four seats are equipped with neck vents, heated armrests and heated, cooled and ventilated seating surfaces.

Cadillac equips the Celestiq with 41 speakers, three of which are outside the car. The cabin audio experience comes from a 38-speaker AKG Studio reference audio system tuned by sound engineers. The system is based on three amplifiers and offers 3D surround sound, conversation enhancement and unique telephone zones. At the same time, the stereo can work in reverse with active noise cancellation that helps cancel out unwanted sounds. On the outside of the Celestiq, the three speakers provide various propulsion sounds when the car is in motion.

2024 Cadillac Celestiq Competitors

The Cadillac Celestiq won’t compete with the BMWs, Audis and Mercedes-Benzes of the world. Its sights are much higher, towards the Bentleys and Rolls-Royces of the world. Both iconic ultra-luxury automakers are working on their own cutting-edge electric vehicles that will directly compete with the Celestiq on price and configuration options. It’s both a blessing and a curse for Cadillac. On the one hand, the brand is probably excited and honored to have a car at the level of these brands’ models, but at the same time, it will be a hassle to get some luxury buyers to accept the Cadillac name into the pantheon of big.

Cadillac is the source of information for this article. It was accurate as of October 18, 2022, but may have changed since that date. Always confirm product details and availability with the car manufacturer’s website or your local dealership.

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