Price and Features: Exploring the Pinnacle of Luxury
Much of the focus in the electric vehicle world has been on the pursuit of affordability, but there is one electric vehicle going in the opposite direction. Designed to be attractive, the Cadillac Celestial could be an EV for those who don’t mind spending a lot.
Celestiq will be unique for more reasons than just its price. Unlike other electric cars, the Celestiq will be built by hand To order – Cadillac says there’s no limit to the types of customizations customers will be able to make. In other words, we may soon see some very expensive and very flashy Celestiq products sometime in the future.
Are you curious about the new car? Here’s everything we know about the Cadillac Celestial so far.
Cadillac Celestial Design
The Cadillac Celestique is a luxury hatchback, and it looks like one. Sure, it borrows design elements from previous-generation Cadillacs, but the long, curved line at the top of the car, along with the unique taillighting, sets it apart from other Cadillacs and other EVs in general.
The interior of the car is designed to be absolutely luxurious. It will feature feature lighting throughout, with a huge skylight running the length of the upper portion. The glass on the sunroof is electrically durable, so it can be adjusted in dimming for a more comfortable experience. Up front, there’s a large dashboard, and on the seats, you’ll find soft-touch leather.
Cadillac celestial price
Cadillac has not yet announced specific pricing for the Cadillac Celestique, but has said that it will more from $300,000. This isn’t the electric car for the masses—it’s for those who want a unique vehicle, and can shell out the big bucks to get it.
It’s entirely possible that each Slug will be priced slightly differently, given the customization options — though we’ll have to wait and see.
Cadillac celestique release date
The Cadillac Celestique will be launched as a 2024 model, with production scheduled to begin in December 2023. This could mean deliveries begin in January 2024.
Those interested in getting one for themselves can join the waiting list.
Cadillac Celestial colors and models
One of the core principles of the Celestiq is customizability, so there is no color selection for a car. Customers will work with Cadillac designers to build the Celestiq they want, and that could mean any number of colors or finishes. In press photos, the Celestiq can be seen in a nice deep blue, but this is just an example.
The colors are customizable, but you can’t customize the powertrain. This means that you won’t be able to pay more for bigger batteries or more motors, as in many other electric cars.
Cadillac Celestiq charging speed and range
GM is taking full advantage of its Ultium platform in the Celestiq, which means it will share guts with peers like the Hummer EV and Cadillac Lyriq. The Celestiq will get you about 300 miles of range on a charge, which isn’t bad—but it’s a little weak considering the price, and the fact that much cheaper luxury sedans like the Lucid Air Grand Touring can get up to 500 miles or so.
The Celestiq will be able to charge up to 200 kW on a DC fast charger, which means it can reach 78 miles of range in about 10 minutes, which isn’t bad.
Cadillac Celestic performance
Since the Celestiq won’t be available in many trims, there’s only one powertrain shown here. You’ll get a two-engine, all-wheel-drive configuration that Cadillac says will deliver 600 horsepower and enable the car to go from 0 to 60 mph in about 3.8 seconds. This is very agile.
We’ll have to wait and see how the car fares in the real world, and what the overall driving dynamics look like.
Cadillac Celestiq technology features
The Cadillac Celestique is likely to be packed with features that make driving the car easier and more comfortable. For starters, the Celestiq will offer four climate zones, giving everyone in the car their own controls. As mentioned, the car will also have an electric glass sunroof.
At the front of the car, drivers will get a massive 55-inch screen used for a digital instrument cluster and for entertainment, similar to the Mercedes hyperscreen. However, passengers in the rear will have their own 12.6-inch screens for their entertainment. The Celestiq will feature a 38-speaker AKG Studio Reference stereo system, so you’ll get some serious oomph for your music.
Hopefully we’ll see CarPlay and Android Auto, but those systems likely won’t be available given the fact that GM is phasing out support. We hope that changes.
The car will also offer some heavy driver assistance features. In fact, Cadillac says it will boast GM’s new Ultra Cruise feature that will allow hands-free driving in a range of different situations. It will also have standard features these days, such as automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and so on.
The Cadillac Celestiq tax credit case
The Cadillac Celestiq won’t qualify for the federal EV tax credit, because it’s (far) too expensive. The maximum federal electric vehicle tax credit is $55,000 for sedans.
Our Cadillac Celestial wishlist
Most of the things we’d like to see on the Celestiq simply won’t be available in the car. We would have liked a longer range and faster charging speed, given the fact that the likes of the much cheaper Kia EV6 and Hyundai Ioniq 5 can charge up to 350kW.
We’d also like to see CarPlay and Android Auto on the Celestiq. This is unlikely to happen, which means drivers will be stuck with GM’s self-built infotainment system.