General Motors CEO Mary Barra has made it her mission to lead GM’s brands by the nose into the future, and her charges are trotting along obediently—especially
Cadillac. The debut of the
Halo Conceptportfolio at CES 2022 was a thrown gauntlet: the brand clearly intends to resurrect its best-in-class status and then some.
New details about the Cadillac Celestiq have been revealed, and one Easter egg on the forthcoming electric sedan captures both the timelessness and future-focus of the brand’s latest offerings.
The Cadillac Celestiq: What we know so far
Cadillac first introduced the idea of a new flagship sedan in early 2020, says
CNET. In keeping with Barra’s commitment to shifting GM to all-electric by 2035, Cadillac claimed that its newest sedan would not have a gas tank. The recent release of (circumspect) photos of the Celestiq comes with the confirmation of an electric powertrain, as well as some more details and specs.
Car and Drivergives us some first impressions.The Celestiq will sport an Ultium battery pack that Cadillac claims will get 300 miles to the charge, and will offer all-wheel drive. The sedan will also offer four wheel steering, a high performance choice that will vault the Celestiq into rivalry with the likes of the Porsche Taycan.
As for look and feel, the Celestiq has big plans. The carefully curated images don’t tell us much about the exterior as a whole, but if the intricacy of the folds in the wheel and the striated tail lights are any indication, then we’re looking at a vehicle that’s attentive to detail.
The interior, however, is guaranteed grandiose. Cadillac has already shared that the infotainment screen will take up most of the dashboard, and each passenger will be able to look up from her comfortable bucket seat at a glass panel that is either artfully foggy or perfectly clear—her choice.
A classic, with a twist
The Cadillac Celestiq is bound to be a visual feast, one that incorporates whiz-bang new technology and daring design, but Cadillac wouldn’t want to make the mistake of going too new and eschewing its long history as a classic American brand.
This tension is embodied in one Easter egg from the released photos of the Cadillac Celestiq. If you look closely at the photo of the haunches of the car, you’ll notice a small badge on the fender. It looks like a tiny silver Nike of Samothrace, turned two dimensional and concentrated in flight.
This mini-frieze is a nod to one of Cadillac’s old logos, the “flying goddess,” says CNET. The flying goddess was a classic hood adornment for Cadillac’s 1930s-era vehicles, the dramatic angle of her body and wind-buffeted wings an invitation to speed. This tiny fender badge packs a symbolic punch.
The Celestiq, though newfangled and barrier-breaking, must wear the jewels of its forebears if it hopes to ascend the flagship sedan throne.
The Cadillac Celestiq is slated for release in 2025, so we still have some time to speculate about the details we’ve seen so far, including the price.
Car and Driver suggests that a $90,000 starting price point would be reasonable for a vehicle of its capabilities and class, with increases into the six figure range for premium add-ons. Costly, maybe, but keep in mind that this sedan will hold the weight of Cadillac’s past and future on its shoulders. Perhaps it’s a bargain.
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