2024 Cadillac Celestiq: Divinely Exquisite, In Time


Checked the new Cadillac Celestiq yet? No? Open a new tab and do a quick search. If you have, you may wonder what the manufacturer’s design team is currently on. Truth is, we are very much unsure as well; on what inspired them to make this and what to think of the new cruiser.



At first, I was quite bewildered. Then it quickly convinced me that it was ugly. Having to take a second look to produce an article on it, the hate simply fades, as confusion takes its place. To this day, it remains unchanged, although a small appreciation has formed for it.



The front-side view almost makes it look normal at a glance. Rotate it to the front and we see a whole ‘grille’ that houses two huge ‘fog lights’ and a straight line for headlights. Robocop did not picture cars of the future to be like this; not one of those movies did. Yet the incredibly large grille, the lights that would, in practice, probably be a blinding flash to those in the oncoming lane, strangely feels like home. Big grilles have never been my thing, not in a modern Lexus, not in a Toyota, and certainly not in a BMW. This is perhaps the first car to pull off a large grille very well, along with the blinding lights.




But that’s just the front. The side profile shows a barge painted in blue, with a fastback styled back end that’s uncommon to see in a large luxury sedan. It reminds us of the 6000 SUX earth-mover of a future vehicle seen in the first Robocop movie. Perhaps the only luxury sedan in any film or media to have a sloped back instead of the usual dip to the trunk. The side looks relatively normal, somewhat fancy, to say the least.




Wondering why I didn’t mention anything on the taillights in the previous paragraph? Because it needs its own. One distinctive part of its design is the rear lights which have found their way to the sides of the back roof pillar. Continuing on the back wheels is also what is presumably a second set of taillamps. There isn’t a picture of a proper back view; just side-back ones. Though we assume the media will get their hands on one. But somehow, somewhat, going against all logic, it fits just as good as the front. It’s as if the folks at Cadillac knew of how controversial it could be, and thought of doubling down on everything instead of halving their outrageous ideas to keep it safe. It’s a bet that may have worked, but takes time to kick in. The humpback turned me off at first, yet an appreciation grows for it the longer I look at it. It’s unironically classy, not in a traditional Caddy way, but in a new regard yet to be seen.



I was never a believer of the thought that time could make cars look more appealing; it takes time to adjust to the designs, they said. Now? It only took a span of two days for a quick change of perception. Whether it is too quick or still validates the above statement is up for debate. What I do know is that the Celestiq has revived some hope for modern car design, in its own 6000 SUX-like glory.



p dir=”ltr” style=”line-height: 1.38;margin-top: 0pt;margin-bottom: 0pt”>Still. Screens galore is never an acceptable way of crafting an interior. Sorry Cadillac.



(Images sourced from Cadillac)

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