When developing the low-slung electric car, designers and engineers drew inspiration from early Cadillac sedans, such as the V-16 powered models of the prewar era and the hand-built 1957 Eldorado Brougham.
“Those vehicles represented the pinnacle of luxury in their respective eras, and helped make Cadillac the standard of the world,” said Tony Roma, chief engineer for the EV. “The Celestiq show car — also a sedan, because the configuration offers the very best luxury experience — builds on that pedigree and captures the spirit of arrival they expressed.”
Cadillac said designers also drew ideas from the mid-century masterpieces of architect Eero Saarinen, who co-designed GM’s famed technical center in Warren, Mich.
Cadillac has not disclosed Celestiq pricing, but The Wall Street Journal last month reported that the ultraluxury sedan would retail for around US$300,000, providing a major test as GM’s flagship brand, once the nation’s top-selling luxury marque, squares off against new and existing automakers in the race to woo affluent EV buyers.