America now also has an electric top limo: the Cadillac Celestiq

The market for top-of-the-line electric limousines is becoming increasingly urgent. At least in North America. There, the new Cadillac Celestiq competes with the established order from Europe, the BMW i7 and the Mercedes EQS.

In terms of design, Cadillac is the best compared to Mercedes. Both arrive with a coupe-like roofline and a stretched silhouette. The BMW is more of a traditional sedan, with its so-called three-box design. In the Cadillac Celestiq, we actually see a hint of the Audi A7.

Cadillac synonymous with gray sleepers

Cadillac is making great strides. The once-old American luxury brand is confidently looking to the future. Before the 1970s, Cadillac could compete with the best brands in the world, but in the decades that followed, things got worse. As it came across the entire American auto industry.

Cadillac Celestiq
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When you thought of Cadillac, you thought of old-school ladder chassis, dilapidated eight-cylinder engines and gray bars. The average buyer was well into their sixties, no matter how fanatically the brand tried to give itself a younger image.

Cadillac Celestiq competitor to i7 and EQS

Cadillac is no longer conservative. The ELR – a luxury coupe with a plug-in hybrid powertrain – was a huge flop, but it showed that the manufacturer dares to take risks. The Celestiq is Cadillac’s second electric car, after the Lyriq, an almost 5 meter long plug-in SUV.

Cadillac Celestiq
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It is not known how big it is for the Celestiq, but since it has aimed at the i7 and EQS, we assume a length of more than 5 meters. We could already see its design at the end of July, when the impressive fastback made its debut in concept form.

Lots of screens and lots of blue padding

The production version appears to have barely changed from the study model. The interior of the Celestiq is of course very modern, with two huge screens under a wall-to-wall glass panel and a center console with touchscreen. Rear seat passengers have their own screens.

Cadillac Celestiq
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But the use of color takes us back to the 1950s, when manufacturers still dared to make their stands light pink, baby blue or dark green. In the Celestiq, you’re looking at a beautiful bright blue upholstery.

Small impressive range

Then the technique. Cadillac gives the Celestiq a large battery pack (111 kWh), which strangely does not guarantee an impressive range. In fact, with a range of 483 kilometers, the Celestiq fares slightly worse than the Lyric, which reaches 502 kilometers.

Cadillac Celestiq
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Compared to the BMW i7 and Mercedes EQS, the American’s range pales in comparison. Both Germans can travel more than 600 kilometers on a full battery (depending on the version). These are WLTP numbers. Cadillac is only providing an estimate for now.

100 km/h in less than 4 seconds

The Celestiq has four-wheel drive, an output of 608 hp and a torque of 867 Nm. This sprints the undoubtedly very heavy EV to 100 km/h in less than 4 seconds. It can quickly recharge with 200 kW and comes as standard with an adaptive suspension (Magnetic Ride Control), active roll stabilization and co-steering and counter-steering rear wheels. The Celestiq is also hand-built in Detroit, as a badge on the outside proudly states.

Cadillac Celestiq
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