GM Authority is reporting that GM began developing the Celestiq "several months" before they started working on the Lyriq.

It puts into perspective just how much Cadillac has been pushing the Lyriq to get it to market.

According to GM Authority sources, GM began development of the Cadillac Celestiq several months before it began development of the Cadillac Lyriq. This revelation demonstrates two things – firstly, it shows just how quickly the Cadillac Lyriq was developed. As GM Authority has covered previously, GM deployed virtual design, development, and validation tools to rapidly accelerate the timeline in bringing the new Lyriq to market. In fact, with the launch of the Cadillac Lyriq in Q1 of the 2022 calendar year, the Lyriq is a full nine months ahead of schedule, as the crossover was originally slated to launch later this year.

Secondly, the fact that GM began development of the Cadillac Celestiq before the Cadillac Lyriq demonstrates a shift in priorities for GM with regard to its all-electric vehicle strategy, with a move towards mainstream products, i.e. the Lyriq, as opposed to the top-shelf, ultra-premium Cadillac Celestiq.