Cadillac brings out an Art Deco interior for ultra-luxury Celeste design

Nobody explained enough what makes some cars so memorable and most of the background noise.
Cars that blend into the landscape are good, often doing a reliable job of a decade and respecting someone’s budget. They are successful tools, and that is all we ask of many.

But we assume that some have a unifying vision paired with intentional, distinctive design details that make them stand out.

We’ve been talking about the upcoming Cadillac Celeste more than we expected lately because it’s a candidate for that rare class.

Cadillac has released some new teaser images for the Celeste. Again, it’s detailed shots, with very little in the frame to give us a real feel of the car. And again, it’s impossible to know from marketing materials about the concept car whether the final production vehicle will have the same emotional impact that the paparazzi capture.

But damn it, reader. this car it’s interesting.

About Celeste

Cadillac is in the process of going fully electric. But that is the case with everyone else. If GM’s luxury division is to make a real splash, it needs something more than another press release about a luxury electric SUV that looks almost like the rest and has a Tesla-like spec sheet.

Celestiq is Cadillac’s attempt to create this whiff. It’s something Cadillac has done all the time for decades but haven’t done in years – they built an ultra-luxury flagship designed to create a sense of exclusivity.

The Celestiq is an electric motor, borrowing powertrain bits from the GM Ultium platform that drives the Cadillac Lyriq and GMC Hummer EV. That’s all anyone outside of a mechanical Cadillac knows. But its potential six-figure price tag and the plan to compete with the high-end models from Mercedes and BMW might mean all-wheel-drive grip and a horsepower figure like a top-of-the-line 500 Lyriq or higher.

It appears to be a tall, low car with a rear-like tail.

Previous teasers show that she’s wearing some fancy design elements. The screws are engraved with the old “world standard” logo. The fenders wear a Cadillac symbol from the 1930s – a long-haired winged figure called the Flying Goddess.

Art Deco Cabin

The designers seem to have brought this flair for history indoors. These new teasers show a cabin ignited by Cadillac’s Art Deco heyday.

The seats are perforated red leather and are inlaid with ribbon logos. Decorative metallic accents under the headrests evoke the aesthetics of interwar architecture. However, they may be hell on the backs of taller drivers.

The speaker grilles in the doors are a similar material – it looks like brushed nickel – over the red leather that reminds us of the wing-back armchair’s smell of tobacco.

But the design aesthetic of the 1920s comes with modern elements—the seat adjusting buttons positioned in a small replica of the seat suggests that these thrones adjust in many ways.

The center console uses the piano black that Cadillac designers have loved for the past 20 years, but uses it better than modern Caddies. Engraved with silver streaks, it looks more elegant and less like it was designed to capture fingerprints (have you ever tried to keep your 2010-era Cadillacs clean?)

There are still many questions

Cadillac plans to hand-build 400 Celtics or fewer each year. General Motors is converting part of its main research center – a building famous for its architecture – into a mission store. The parts will be 3D printed like 2031 and assembled by hand like 1931.

That’s all we know about Celestiq for now. It’s clearly an important endeavor for Cadillac. It is very much based on the history of the brand going back to the days when Art Deco was new.

But the price, performance and profile all remain mysteries. And we must admit that all these details can be poorly combined in a car that has no visual meaning.

But let’s hope they don’t. If all these details combine with the elegant sedan it should show, it could be a rare car that offers the best of American design. It can be unforgettable.

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