Cadillac has released more key points about its Celestiq sedan. The flagship sedan is based on the General Motors Ultium platform, which was previously presented as a show car. The electric vehicle will have a twin-motor all-wheel drive with an output of about 450 kW and a battery with a capacity of 111 kWh.
Cadillac announced the Celestiq as a luxury vehicle that will be offered in small series to an exclusive group of customers. The model is reportedly assembled in Warren, Michigan by hand. Production is scheduled to start in December 2023. Pricing will start at no less than $300,000, the company said. The Celestiq is known to be Cadillac's second all-electric model after the already affordable Lyriq SUV.
The key figures currently released for the Celestiq are as follows: The luxury sedan's all-wheel drive, based on two electric motors, has an output of around 450kW, while the battery has a capacity of 111kWh. This should provide a range of 480 kilometers and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds. The DC charging process takes place at a power of 200 kW. That being said, Cadillac does well, but doesn't make the most of the Ultium platform. The GMC Hummer EV, which is also based on the Ultium architecture, has a peak power of around 746kW with a battery capacity of 200kWh, a range of up to 350 miles and a charging power of up to 350kW.
Celestiq must convince otherwise. The manufacturer speaks of a “gear ratio unique to Ultium-based electric vehicles.” Other keywords are adaptive air suspension, rear-wheel steering, a retractable rear spoiler, 23-inch aluminum wheels and electric power steering. In addition, the deluxe model uses a total of 115 3D printed parts. This means the Celestiq will be the most equipped production vehicle under GM's umbrella with this process, according to an accompanying statement. Examples of 3D printed parts are the center of the steering wheel, power windows, handrails, console trim, and structural elements below the surface of the vehicle.
GM has invested $81 million in its Global Technical Center so the Celestiq can be built at the Warren plant. The Celestiq will be the first production car built here since the center opened in May 1956.