Cadillac Reveals Celestiq Show Car

cadillac reveals celestiq show car

Cadillac has officially thrown the covers off the Celestiq. They're still calling it a 'show car' for now, though anyone blessed with the gift of sight can see the design direction in which the brand is headed.

It's also headed up the ladder in price. Way up.

As reported after the teaser photos surfaced last week, Cadillac plans to have the Celestiq serve as a moonshot halo car for the brand - one which could cost in excess of $300,000. Designers said they 'took influence' from early Cadillac sedans such as pre-war V16 coaches and the hand-built '57 Eldorado Brougham. Even if the production vehicle is slightly watered down from this concept (they all generally are, to a degree), there's little doubt this thing should have plenty of road presence. Its familial resemblance to the Lyriq SUV is clear.

Other than saying it'll (obviously) be built on the Ultium platform, GM is mum on details such as power output and battery capacity. With aspirations of taking on the likes of Maybach and Rolls, you can bet Cadillac will deploying every single electric horsepower they can muster.

Cadillac has said the Celestiq will be hand-built at GM’s Global Tech Center in Michigan following an $81 million investment in the facility. Prior to the customer's vehicle being assembled, there will be an opportunity for a "creative collaboration” between customers and the brand - think Audi Exclusive and the like.

Should the interior of the Celestiq production car retain broad strokes from these images of the show car, it'll be the most luxurious Caddy in recent memory. There are boasts of a Suspended Particle Device technology in the glass roof allowing for quad zones of variable lighting, more screen-inches than your favorite drive-in theatre, and next-gen driving aids under the Ultra Cruise banner.

We (and the B&B) have already ruminated about the notion of Cadillac slinging a $300,000 halo car, so we'll spare you a repeat of those thoughts. Feel free to expand on 'em in our snazzy new comment section.

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  • Fahrvergnugen Fahrvergnugen on Jul 27, 2022

    I guess if Jeep can do a Grand Poobah Cherokee for LR money maybe cadillac can build a strivers car for RR money. how many have to be built, seeing as they dont expect to break even (gawd forbid profit)

  • MarkC MarkC on Aug 11, 2022

    Hahaha well though through response! Progres ;0)

  • Kurkosdr Someone should tell the Alfa Romeo people that they are a badge owned by a French company now.The main reason PSA bought FiatChrysler is that PSA has the technology to enter the luxury market but customers don't want a French luxury car for psychological/mindshare reasons. FiatChrysler has the opposite problem: they have lots of still-respected brands but not always the technology to make good cars. Not to say that if FCA has a good platform, it won't be used in a PSA car.In other words, if those Alfa Romeo buds think that they will remain a silo with their own bespoke platforms and exclusive sheet metal, they are in for a shock. This is just the start.
  • Arthur Dailey For the Hornet less expensive interior materials/finishings, decontent just a little, build it in North America and sell it for less and everyone should be happy with both the Dodge and the Alfa.
  • Bunkie I so wanted to love this car back in the day. At the time I owned a GT6+ and I was looking for something more modern. But, as they say, this car had *issues*. The first of which was the very high price premium for the V8. It was a several thousand dollar premium over the TR-7. The second was the absolutely awful fuel economy. That put me off the car and I bought a new RX-7 which, despite the thirsty rotary, still got better mileage and didn’t require premium fuel. I guess I wasn’t the only one who had this reaction because, two years later, I test-drove a leftover that had a $2,000 price cut. I don’t remember being impressed, the RX-7 had spoiled me with how easy it was to own. The TR-8 didn’t feel quick to me and it felt heavy. The first-gen RX was more in line with the idea of a light car that punched above its weight. I parted ways with both the GT6+ and the RX7 and, to this day, I miss them both.
  • Fred Where you going to build it? Even in Texas near Cat Springs they wanted to put up a country club for sport cars. People complained, mostly rich people who had weekend hobby farms. They said the noise would scare their cows. So they ended up in Dickinson, where they were more eager for development of any kind.
  • MaintenanceCosts I like the styling of this car inside and out, but not any of the powertrains. Give it the 4xe powertrain - or, better yet, a version of that powertrain with the 6-cylinder Hurricane - and I'd be very interested.