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Cadillac hasn’t turned Celestiq’s gorgeous electric flagship into a crossover

Cadillac hasn't turned Celestiq's gorgeous electric flagship into a crossover

Cadillac released several close-up teaser photos of its upcoming Celestiq show car on Wednesday that exemplifies an electric flagship for the luxury brand.

One of the teasers shows the Celestiq retaining its low bonnet, low waistline and what looks like the same massive 23-inch wheels as the concept – all in all, a glimpse that some fans of the luxury brand will find a relief. No, the Celestiq has no lower body cladding, a taller ride height and rugged detailing all around.

That’s good news, because the Celestiq has a chance to become one of the best-looking big cars — no crossovers or SUVs — of the decade.

You may be wondering which concept, and for that you just have to take our word for it. We can confirm that these properties have been preserved, such as: Green car reports and many of us in the automotive media saw an earlier version of the Celestiq — then called a concept rather than a show car — in March 2020 at a cameraless preview of Ultium-based vehicles GM was in the works.

Cadillac Celestiq teased at General Motors’ 2021 CES presentation

GM has already confirmed that the Celestiq is production-specific. At the time, the Celestiq concept was introduced by GM president Mark Reuss, who called it “the ultimate expression of Cadillac design and technology.” He confirmed that the Celestiq would be hand-built in Detroit and that it would become a true flagship for Cadillac.

We found it very refreshing that the Celestiq concept was a nice big car that didn’t follow its predecessors too closely. We then described it as an assertive mix of body styles and strong design elements. Think a blunt, wide front and like a Chevy Camaro or Dodge Charger, a low beltline and a curvaceous design at the rear that hinted at fire-braking sports cars – hello Jensen Interceptor – and station wagons with bubble windows. It had some of the creativity around developing the long, low car profile that we see in the Lucid Air.

That concept included a screen that ran the full width of the dash — sort of a slimmed-down counterpoint to Mercedes’ Hyperscreen — and a cleaner interface akin to the Cadillac Lyriq electric SUV arriving at dealerships soon.

2023 Cadillac Lyriq

2023 Cadillac Lyriq

In this concept we see edgy taillights that resemble those of the Lyriq up close.

In 2019, the Cadillac brand was one of the first to announce it would switch to all-electric vehicles by 2030 — at a time when it hadn’t yet shown or announced any production EVs. Since then, with GM’s Ultium shift underway, and other luxury brands since stepping up on similar missions, it’s looking ahead of its time.

GM hasn’t said anything about the Celestiq’s timeline yet. Expect it to be available mid-decade and this show car to be on display quite soon.