2014 Cadillac ELR Debuts at Detroit Auto Show
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.
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