If you’re reading this, chances are you know that Cadillac’s The old slogan was “Standards of the World.” And you may also know that The brand was in trouble lived up to that famous title, despite many attempts. The brand pursues it once again, perhaps more seriously than ever with the 2024 Cadillac Celestiq. The simple truth is that if you’re going to build a Cadillac for the 21st century it’s really on par with the brands. world’s largest luxury with cutting-edge technology and attention to styling of the past, present and future, you’ll probably end up with something not far away Celestiq.
Celestiq’s proportions will grab you all the time. It’s about 18 feet long, a little longer than usual Cadillac Escalade. But the roof is lower than the roof CT5. It has a remarkably long nose, especially for an EV. And then the middle part, also really long. And it extends into a long tail that seems almost impossible to move away from the rear wheel.
The shape is a bit familiar, because Lyriq were given with very similar lines. According to Cadillac, though, the Celestiq was put pen first, and it was originally scheduled to launch first. But the higher-ups determined they needed a mass EV sooner, and they could push the Lyriq up. Despite the familiarity, it’s still gorgeous. The bodywork is smooth and clean, represented by nifty details in the aluminum grille, futuristic fin-style taillights with Cadillac badging and real aluminum exterior trim. The rear end is most prominent with the sloping roofline and the combined long overhang giving it a beautiful stern. The whole thing is also on huge 23-inch forged wheels, the same size as those on the almost identical concept.
Beneath that body, it’s mostly made of carbon fiber and composite panels, are some of the nifty technologies that are particularly relevant to manufacturing. The chassis is based on Ultium tram technology, but Celestiq’s version is very private, not shared with GM Cosmetics. The sections below are made of six giant aluminum castings, the molds of which are created using 3D printed components. There are also components, especially for the brackets and some of the smaller, under-the-skin parts, that are built with what GM calls “”Bend Fab. “The company has a machine at a facility in PontiacTip., Flat sheet metal can be taken and bent, folded, cut, and pierced to create a part, without the need to create special dies or other machinery. There are 3D-printed aluminum parts in the interior like steering wheel trim and even a seat belt guide ring.
That interior is another real showman. It is quite minimalist in design and maximizes the screen. A pair of 55-inch screens on both form the instrument display, infotainment and entertainment screens for passengers. They have the same pixel density as 8K TVs. And the passenger side has a screen blocking feature that activates to block images from the driver when the vehicle is in motion and the passenger is viewing something on it. In the center stack, there’s an 11-inch touchscreen to handle some of the infotainment features, and there’s a crystal knob underneath for additional functions. At the back, each passenger has a 12.6-inch entertainment screen and an 8-inch touchscreen control unit between them.
This technology is more than just screens. All four seats have the same level of adjustment and comfort features include heating, cooling and ventilation. They all even have vents right behind the neck to warm or cool and warm the armrests. And, naturally, with that adjustment, there are individual climate settings for each location. The roof features “Suspended Particle Device” technology so that the color level can be raised or lowered. It can range from 1%, which is barely transparent, to 20%, comparable to most shades of a sunroof. It also features ambient lighting and decorative patterns based on the Cadillac logo. The interior also has a 38-speaker AKG sound system. There are even three additional speakers on the outside that emit a unique safety noise that matches the Celestiq.
Similar to the outside, the inside is covered in premium materials with leather on almost any surface. If it looks like metal, it’s metal. If it looks like carbon fiber, it’s carbon fiber. But it doesn’t have to be carbon fiber. Celestiq buyers will get the same buying experience from Rolls royce car or Bentleywhere they will have the ability to choose almost any color or the material they want, anywhere in the car, as long as they’re willing to pay for it. Cadillac is happy to incorporate distinctive colors or even incorporate personal items into the interior.
A super luxury car also deserves high-end mechanical parts. Celestiq will be equipped with a pair of engines with a capacity of 600 horsepower and 640 pound-feet of torque to all four wheels. Cadillac estimates the Celestiq will be able to hit 60 mph in 3.8 seconds. Electricity is supplied via 111 kWh the battery pack. That pack is an Ultium unit, but the cells in the pack have been laid flat instead of vertical. This is done to help get in shape. It supports DC fast charging and has a maximum rating of 200 kW, but that is still lower than what is possible Hyundai and That E-GMP-based products.
Arguably as interesting as any powertrain are the suspension and steering components. The Celestiq has a five-link independent front and rear suspension supported by air springs and magnetic shock absorbers. It was further enhanced by the first time Cadillac implemented active anti-roll bars. And to manage the car’s extraordinary length, it has four-wheel steering (no, it doesn’t have a Crab Walk). On the subject of steering, the Celestiq has the same electric power steering used on Cadillac Blackwings, just adapted for Celestiq. Considering how much we love those cars and basically every magnetic suspension to toss out GM, we have a feeling the Celestiq is going to be a pretty magical car.
There is technology for people who don’t necessarily enjoy driving that much. Celestiq has a powerful sensor that is said to be enough to GM promised Ultra Cruise. Ultra Cruise is supposed to be an end-to-end, hands-free, supervised driving function. It will be Not ready for launch. Cadillac says it will eventually be updated over-the-air. We expect it to be able to do everything Super Cruise does currently, so highway driving is supervised, and Cadillac says it will gradually add more capabilities as it becomes available. The details of this implementation are very thin, so we think full Ultra Cruise functionality won’t be available anytime soon. But, hey, Super Cruise is still very impressive. And while it’s not fully self-driving, Cadillac has also mentioned that the car will be able to park itself when the driver exits the vehicle. That can be especially helpful considering how huge the car is.
Potential buyers will need to be prepared to pay a lot of money. Cadillac confirmed base prices will start above $300,000. And of course, the more customized the car, the more expensive it will be. Vehicle production begins in December of next year. Each vehicle will be manufactured at the GM Technical Center in Warren, Mich. Cadillac representatives said that once production is complete, they will be able to complete about two cars per day. And like most things, customers will be able to customize the delivery experience wherever they want.