Cadillac Is Already Testing a Celestiq Prototype on the Road

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Photo credit: Cadillac
Photo credit: Cadillac

Cadillac's flagship Celestiq isn't expected to hit dealerships until 2024, yet the company is already starting to test the car on public roads. Images released by Cadillac on Wednesday show the car's first "engineering" drive, giving us a look at the car's production-ready shape and quirky camouflage pattern.

Though the final design isn't yet known, it's easy to trace this prototype's lines to the show car revealed back in July. The nose, silhouette, and rear end all match up, suggesting the production Celestiq will probably look a lot like the original concept. We're into it.

According to Cadillac, engineers tested the basic safety and functionality aspects of the prototype on its first drive. They also took the time to snag some pictures, allowing us an up-close look at the trippy camouflage, which is made up of Cadillac crests.

“It’s a huge moment for everyone at Cadillac to see Celestiq roll off the line at our pre-production facility and drive out onto public roads for the first time,” Celestiq program manager Jeremy Loveday said in a statement. “There is so much more to come, and we are looking forward to continuing the development of Cadillac’s newest flagship.”

Despite already seeing a prototype on the road, we don't expect the production Celestiq to hit owner's hands until 2024. It's expected to use GM's next generation of Ultium battery tech, and deliver at least 300 miles of range. It's also expected to be Cadillac's most expensive car ever, with rumors of starting MSRP ranging from $200,000 to $300,000.

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