Cadillac has released further teaser shots of its fully-electric CELESTIQ, an “ultra-luxury” show car said to represent “the purest expression of Cadillac design, technology and performance.”
First teased more than a year ago at the 2021 CES trade show, the CELESTIQ is set to become Cadillac’s fully-electric flagship model upon its arrival by 2025. The sedan will be built on General Motors’ Ultium EV platform, and though details regarding the powertrain have not yet been revealed, the CELESTIQ is expected to feature dual electric motors with a battery potentially as large as 100 kWh, all-wheel drive, and four-wheel steering. As teased by Cadillac itself, electric range could surpass 300 miles (just over 480 km).
Inside, “ultra-luxury” features will include a panoramic sunroof and a full-width display screen for rear passengers akin to the new BMW i7. Unsurprisingly, Cadillac’s answer to the Bimmer, Mercedes’ EQS and Porsche’s Taycan will likely come with a six-figure starting price.
Cadillac’s latest teaser images, meanwhile, highlight a long, sweeping hood – apt for a flagship sedan – bespoke seven-spoke wheels, and L-shaped tail lamps, all of which channel what the American brand calls “the spirit of futurism and the avant-garde.” The pencil-thin headlamp / slim grille ‘face’ of Cadillac’s EV range, first seen on the brand’s Lyriq E-SUV, will no doubt be prominent.
Interestingly, an illuminated symbol above the wheel arch appears to be a nod to Cadillac’s ‘Flying Goddess,’ incorporated during the 1930s and even embossed on the rotary dial for the infotainment system inside the 2016 Escala concept.
“From its unique proportions and a new effortless, sophisticated form language, to the precision and attention to detail, CELESTIQ is unlike anything on the road today,” Cadillac’s Advanced Design manager Magalie Debellis explains. “From its inception, the CELESTIQ show car was crafted to reincarnate the ‘Standard of the World.’”
On that note, and alongside images of the “striking silhouette,” Cadillac has also shared an image of the rear door hinge (of all things) boasting a ‘Standard of the World’ slogan. This, plus the inclusion of the Spirit of Ecstasy-‘inspired’ Goddess, has led to speculation that the CELESTIQ could feature Rolls-Royce-esque suicide doors.
Further teaser images will be shared throughout the summer on Cadillac’s social media channels, suggesting a conceptual unveil could arrive before the end of the year.