Seeking to recapture a number of the glory of its V-16 flagships from practically a century in the past, Cadillac is previewing its envelope-pushing Celestiq. A stretched ultra-luxury sedan for modern-day, the Celestiq combines regal proportions with an all-electric powertrain, multi-zone sensible glass roof and all-seat digital infotainment system. We have learn this manuscript earlier than with the likes of the 2004 Sixteen and 2016 Escala ideas, however this time Cadillac will ship it by way of to publishing, constructing a manufacturing Celestiq intently tied to the present automotive.
Cadillac does not stretch the tape measure to tell us precisely how lengthy the Celestiq is, letting our minds wager guesstimates of simply how far that wagon-like physique runs on. Because it’s designed within the spirit of previous behemoths just like the 1957 Eldorado Brougham (216 in/549 cm) and even-larger V-16 fashions from the Nineteen Thirties, we will surmise that it’s certainly so long as it seems, presumably nosing perceptibly previous the 212-in (538-cm) Escalade.
“These automobiles represented the head of luxurious of their respective eras and helped make Cadillac the usual of the world,” chief engineer Tony Roma stated of the Brougham and V-16. “The Celestiq present automotive — additionally a sedan, as a result of the configuration affords the easiest luxurious expertise — builds on that pedigree and captures the spirt of arrival they expressed.”
Cadillac could name it a sedan, however that roofline seems to be extra substantial than a mere fastback, protecting over an estate-like trunk able to devouring baggage, groceries, and no matter different cargo one just isn’t afraid to soiled his or her Caddy halo with. Exterior that trunk, the rear-end makes use of the Lyriq’s taillamp design as a springboard right into a dramatic mild present of higher and decrease hockey stick blades. The front-end additionally derives from the Lyriq, sticking a bit nearer to the crossover’s facial features, albeit with larger, bolder proportions befitting a retro-inspired flagship.
The mixture of stretched proportions, two-row sedan seating and Ultium electrical powertrain promise to offer the Celestiq ethereal, limousine-like consolation contained in the doorways. The sensible glass roof overhead, in the meantime, will ship a novel lens to the sky, utilizing Suspended Particle Machine (SPD) expertise to create 4 unbiased zones that may be individually adjusted in tint.
Every of the 4 occupants may even take pleasure in his or her personal high-definition digital show, with two additional shows splitting the 2 entrance and rear seats, presumably to function contact controllers. The huge door-to-door 55-in dashboard show breaks into driver and passenger sections, counting on a brand new lively privateness function to permit the entrance passenger to take pleasure in video content material whereas shielding it from the driving force’s view, stopping any harmful distraction.
Although the Celestiq is in present automotive mode, Cadillac guarantees that its applied sciences, which additionally embody Extremely Cruise, are greater than mere idea fodder. They’re going to proceed to manufacturing to make the Celestiq Cadillac’s most superior automobile ever. The automotive may even develop into the primary manufacturing automobile to be constructed at GM’s International Technical Heart. GM is investing $81 million to replace the middle for Celestiq manufacturing.
Cadillac plans to disclose extra particulars concerning the Celestiq later this 12 months. As reported by the Wall Avenue Journal final month, the automotive will begin someplace within the vary of $300,000, leaping over conventional luxurious territory and turning into an electrical different to ultra-premium choices from Rolls-Royce, Bentley and Mercedes-Maybach.