Everything You Need to Know About the Cadillac Celestiq
When choosing an electric vehicle, the Cadillac Celestiq offers a luxurious option that’s hard to miss when it’s been tailor-made for you.
In January, at the 2021 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Cadillac unveiled the concept for its newest foray into the world of electric vehicles (EVs): the Celestiq. It is slated to become GM’s much-anticipated flagship electric luxury sedan.
Innovations in EV technology have shifted parameters from a handful of cars with limited range and power to almost every type of vehicle and power capacity. Everything from pickup trucks to SUVs are now putting in battery packs in place of gasoline engines. High-performance luxury sedans are no exception.
Right now, the Cadillac Celestiq, which is set for release in 2023 (as a 2024 model year vehicle), is only a show car. But it has turned some heads for some very good reasons, including an impressive battery system. Among other features, it will tout some of the longest driving ranges and fastest charging times.
There is still a lot of mystery about what exactly the Celestiq will look like and what features it will come with. Keep reading to find out what we do know so far.
Cadillac Celestiq Basic Features
The Celestiq will be a full-size sedan and will likely come with all-wheel drive. Beyond that, there is not much information about the powertrain.
Every Celestiq will be hand-built, but it is safe to assume that it will be a limited-production model. Demand for high-performing luxury sedans is small anyway, so this comes as no surprise.
GM has not provided any pictures of the vehicle (only a teaser that revealed some general design features). But it has described a spacious cabin, including roomy rear seating and bucket seats all around. The Celestiq will come with four doors and a hatchback (instead of a trunk), which will give it the look of a coupe.
The Celestiq will likely focus on comfort over cargo capacity (although the hatchback feature bodes well in this regard). You can expect things like genuine leather and open-pore wood to come standard in the vehicle.
The Celestiq will include an all-glass roof that stretches from the windshield to the hatchback. It will comprise four individual smart-glass quadrants that will allow each passenger to select their level of transparency.
You can expect the car to include technology like Super Cruise, GM’s first hands-free driver-assistance technology. It will come equipped with other safety features that Cadillac now puts in all their sedans. These include emergency braking, pedestrian detection, and lane-keeping assist.
Rear passengers will have individualized comfort settings and entertainment displays. The Celestiq teaser also hinted at a front pillar-to-pillar freeform display for the driver and front passenger.
Currently, Cadillac offers a limited warranty on all its vehicles that covers four years and 50,000 miles. A powertrain warranty covers six years and 70,000 miles. You can expect at least that level of coverage for the Celestiq.
The Cadillac Celestiq will be fully electric, with at least a 300-mile driving range. With a handful of exceptions, this will be one of the longest distances for any EV on the road.
GM is already rolling out some of the battery technologies in the new Cadillac Lyriq crossover, which will be available in early 2022. (All Cadillac’s new EVs will have the demarcation of ending in “-iq.”)
Battery Capacity and Power
The Celestiqu will have GM’s new BEV3 electric vehicle platform. This design places the batteries between the wheels, within the wheelbase.
The BEV3 uses Ultium batteries that allow stacking cells in a variety of arrangements. This enables engineers to optimize battery energy storage depending on the layout of each vehicle.
Ultium motors work in tandem with battery technology. The motors have single-speed transmissions that get power for propulsion stored in the batteries and deliver it to the drivetrain. In some ways, the Ultium Drive system works like a combustion engine, with motors transmitting energy from the wheels via the transmission.
The energy options for Ultium motors range from 50 to 200 kWh, which could yield an EV range of over 300 miles and acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in three seconds. If larger battery packs are available by the time it comes out, we could see ranges closer to 400 miles or more.
The Celestiq will come with anywhere from one to three electric motors. (At least two–one per axle–are anticipated.) The sedan will likely come with the largest EV battery pack available upon its release.
Ultium cells rely on a combination of nickel, cobalt, manganese, and aluminum to store and send energy. They need 70 percent less cobalt than the cells used in most other EV batteries. By 2023, all GM Ultium cells will be manufactured in factories in Ohio and Tennessee.
One huge advantage of the Ultium battery platform is that it is designed for Level 2 and DC fast charging. Most public stations, along with some home chargers, are level 2.
These provide between 12 and 25 miles of range per hour (RPH) of charge. By comparison, Level 1 charging (typical for home use) only adds about 5 miles of RPH.
DC fast charging can deliver 100 miles of RPH, the fastest charging time available. This means you can fill most EV batteries to 80 percent or more in as little as a half-hour. DC fast charging requires a special port, which the Celestiq will have.
Another unique feature of Ultium batteries is the ability to wirelessly monitor the charge. The technology also can convey information about battery temperature and voltage. This also means that the Celestiq will need fewer wires than other EVs today.
Find Out More About the Cadillac Celestiq
Now that you have an idea of what features the forthcoming Cadillac Celestiq will have, and what to expect from its battery platform, you should keep an eye out for its release. It will certainly be one of the best fully-electric luxury vehicles available.
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