2014 Cadillac ELR Debuts at Detroit Auto Show

By · January 15, 2013

Cadillac today unveiled its 2014 ELR, the extended-range electric vehicle based on the Chevy Volt. Key details of the 2014 ELR are still forthcoming, most notably the price and quantity of production. Reading between the lines, the quantities will be modest. "An additional aspect of ELR's appeal to will be exclusivity," stated Bob Ferguson, Cadillac global vice president, in a press release. "It will be a specialized offering produced in limited numbers."


General Motors claims that the plug-in ELR will boast an electric-only range of 35 miles and a total combined range of 300 miles. The ELR shares most of its technical elements with the current Chevy Volt, including its 1.4-liter gasoline engine and 16.5-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The ELR boasts a total horsepower rating of 207 and torque is listed at 295 pound-feet, versus the Volt's rating of 149 hp and 273 pound-feet of torque. Curb weight checks in at 4,070 pounds, which is roughly 300 pounds more than the Volt.

The numbers available so far indicate that the ELR will perform roughly equal to the Volt. Don't expect blazing 0-to-60 mph times, but the ELR's significant bump in horsepower (58 hp) will likely lend to a higher top speed.


Visually, the two-door ELR (in classic 2+2 layout) bares no notable resemblance to the four-door Volt. The ELR features LED headlamps and taillights, 20-inch wheels and Cadillac's signature creased, angular look. Like the Volt, the ELR accommodates only four: a driver, an adult passenger and two squeezed-in rear-seat passengers.


On the inside, Cadillac's CUE with navigation is standard equipment, as is the "cut-and-sew accented leather." Suede microfiber, chrome, wood and dashes of carbon fiber are seen throughout the ELR's stunning interior. In terms of safety the 2014 ELR comes equipped with Safety Alert Seat, Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning, Side Blind Zone Alert with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and adaptive cruise control.


Production of the limited ELR begins in the US (specifically, alongside the Volt at GM's Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant) in late 2013 with sales scheduled to start in early 2014 in North America. General Motors says Cadillac ELR sales will eventually expand to include Europe and even China.

With the unveiling of the Cadillac ELR, we know what it looks like and its technical underpinnings. Now, plug-in fans can wait for perhaps the most important stat: price.


· · 5 years ago

A lot of those safety features are already available options on the Volt. In general this is a Volt with nice sheet metal and higher quality materials inside.

· · 5 years ago

Looks to me as if there are software changes only, in other words, the exact same Synergy Drive, with the exception that now motors 1 AND 2 can develop power at the same time, giving the horsepower increase (110 kw and 55 kw). Anyone else concur?

Otherwise, I’d say its a 2 door volt with nice seats. About what I expected. I can’t really say I’m disappointed other than to say I’ve Blogged that I don’t understand why GM is changing the powertrain all around since they haven’t amortized the cost of the original voltec design as of yet. The released car proves they haven’t really changed anything so I can’t complain. Same motors, same planetary gear box, same clutches, just that now 2 motors can run instead of just one. That would also mean this “high performance” is only to be available while the battery ‘buffer zone’ holds old since ALL of the juice for the high performance must come from the battery since the engine wont be able to assist at the same time, unless they clutch in the engine also during heavy accelleration. A stare and compare with the volt would be instructive. But again, I bet its basically only software changes.

Since this is apparently such a minimalist change from the 2011 Volt, why didn’t they release this thing in 2012?.

· · 5 years ago

" motors 1 AND 2 can develop power at the same time,"

Well, Volt can do that too, but only in speed above 60mph. ELR can do it from 0mph. So, it will trade off efficiency for power.

This is exactly why GM is trying to leverage as much Voltec as possible to spread the cost out...

· · 5 years ago

Speaking about software, my 2011 Volt did something really spooky to me a few days ago. I was switching between mtc mode and reg mode driving, and put the car in "L" and took my foot off the brake and the car POWERED slowly in Reverse!!! True it was only a few MPH and there was nothing behind me, but I've never had any other car do this.. I knew my car had buggy software, but this is the first time I've noticed anything other than the video screens going nuts, or the horn refusing to work, etc.

· · 5 years ago

Interesting::: the photos don't show a charge port. MY BET is when u click the key fob the Cadillac Medalian on the Front pops open a la Nissan Leaf.

· · 5 years ago

Oops: Just looked carefully at the photo, correction: charge port is in the exact same place as the Volt. The front of the car would have been more convenient and being closer to the 3.3 kw charger they could have shortened the wiring.

· · 5 years ago

"I knew my car had buggy software, but this is the first time I've noticed anything other than the video screens going nuts, or the horn refusing to work"

Why don't you take it in to your good local Chevy dealer and get the FW/SW upgraded to the current one?

· · 5 years ago

@Modern Marvel Fan

This is with the updated software. They would have notified me if I was to have something else. Both the old and the updated software were buggy.

· · 5 years ago

@Bill Howland: besides "software changes only" (and exterior sheet metal and interior materials and such), they plan to raise the price enormously. The key phrase:

"An additional aspect of ELR's appeal to will be exclusivity," stated Bob Ferguson, Cadillac global vice president, in a press release.

"Exclusive" is marketing-speak for "expen$ive". :-)

· · 5 years ago

@Chris T.

They may be going after a younger crowd, but lately Cadillacs look like those soapbox things we put on our Red Radio Flyer Wagons when we were little kids. I just can't get excited about pre-dented sheet metal such as the new Caddys and Hyundai's have, although the Converj/ELR is one of the better looking vehicles.

If they price it out of the market I'll just have to wait for whatever Via or Kia is going to come up with. My 2011 volt and roadster still apparently have plenty of life left in them in the meantime.

· · 5 years ago

Now that GM has produced a high end version of the Volt it would be time to produce a low end of the Volt.

That one would have the same Voltec system but a smaller engine of 900 cc that would be compact enough to move the battery part now located between the two backseats to the front in the engine compartment. The place saved would now allow a full backseat again.
The rest of the car would be trimmed down with no back cameras, no i-things, no seat heating, no leather, no whatever is not really needed to drive this plug-in hybrid.

The only extra on the car would be an extra low cost allowing a large number of families to buy it.

· · 5 years ago

I'm confused by the choice to go with a 3.3 kw charger. Were they thinking potential buyers would not be interested in recharging in half the time? The Accord Plugin, Leaf and Fit (probably many others) all have 6.6 kw chargers so what is the issue? The idea is to maximize use of electrical power, correct?

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