Cadillac recently revealed more information about its new luxury electric vehicle, the Celestiq. Based on General Motors' Ultium platform, the flagship electric sedan will have a twin-engine all-wheel drive with an output of nearly 450 kW and a battery pack of more than 100 kWh. The luxury electric car will be sold worldwide, with the United States and China being the most important markets.
The 5.5-meter-long Celestiq is a luxury electric car sold in small batches to a select group of customers. The model is handcrafted in Warren, Michigan. Production is set to begin at the end of next year. According to the manufacturer, prices will start at $300,000 and go up (remember: car prices in the United States are given without tax).
The Celestiq is Cadillac's second all-electric vehicle, following the Lyriq SUV, which is already on the market. The latter should visit Europe as well. The new Cadillac Celestiq has an all-wheel drive system powered by two electric motors with an output of 447 kW (608 hp). The capacity of the drive battery is 111 kWh. A sprint from 0 to 60 mph (0-97 km/h) should take 3.8 seconds. The range is specified as 300 miles (483 km). Direct current charging (DC) occurs at rates of up to 200 kW.
For the Celestiq, Cadillac promises a "gear ratio unique among Ultium-based electric cars." Adaptive air suspension, rear-axle steering, an extendable rear spoiler, and 23-inch aluminum wheels are among the other features.
"With an extremely limited number of handcrafted luxury electric cars offered each year globally and an exclusive entry process, the Celestiq will truly be a bespoke one-off," said Cadillac's global vice president Rory Harvey. "Each customer will go on a personalized journey to customize their vehicle exactly how they want it."
According to General Motors, Cadillac's goal is to be fully electric by 2030. The company invests heavily in electrification and hopes to sell only locally emission-free vehicles by 2035. The US company is targeting Europe once more with its luxury electric car offensive. General Motors has had little presence in the region since the sale of Opel in 2017. It still needs to be determined when and which brands and models will be available to European customers.