2014 Cadillac ELR Range-Extended Luxury Coupe Priced at $75,995
Cadillac announced on Friday that its upcoming 2014 ELR range-extended luxury coupe will sell for a cool $75,995 when it hits the market in January. The price includes a mandatory destination charge of $995. But the figure does not include taxes, title, license, and dealer fees—or reduction in total cost from federal or state purchase incentives.
The luxury four-seat coupe, the first plug-in car from General Motors to wear the Cadillac badge, will be available at dealers in major U.S. cities nationwide. It combines Cadillac’s trademark luxury with the practicality and fuel consumption of a Chevrolet Volt. That’s because underneath the plush leather, chrome and wood trim, and stylish exterior the 2014 Cadillac ELR is essentially a 2014 Volt.
While the ELR’s underpinnings are not readily apparent from the outside, peer inside the car and you’ll see the same high tunnel passing through the center of the cabin you’d find in the Volt, holding an identical 16.5 kilowatt-hour battery pack. Under the hood, there’s the same 1.4-liter ecoFlex gasoline engine found in the Volt, along with a 111-kilowatt traction electric motor and a smaller 55 kilowatt motor/generator.
Despite being slightly heavier than the Volt by 289 pounds, the Cadillac ELR is expected to give a range of “at least 35 miles per charge” according to the company—although the EPA has not yet issued official fuel economy ratings. For reference, the 2013 Chevrolet Volt is rated with an all-electric range of 38 miles per charge at 98 miles per gallon equivalent, while it operates at 37 mpg combined in gasoline-only mode.
Like other Cadillacs, the ELR coupe will feature standard navigation and telematics system, tweaked to make it compatible with a plug-in vehicle. In addition, the ELR coupe will ship with safety features like lane departure warning control, forward collision alert, safety alert seat and all-round LED exterior lighting.
In addition to luxury features like climate-controlled cup holders and motorized door release mechanisms, the Cadillac ELR also features user-controlled regenerative braking via steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Not offered on the Chevrolet Volt, the paddle-shifters control how much regenerative braking is applied on accelerator liftoff, allowing drivers to mimic the engine-braking of a traditional gasoline vehicle for a much sportier driving experience.
With the added luxury and additional driving modes however, Cadillac is asking about $41,000 more for the ELR than a base-level Volt. This price potentially pits the ELR against the Tesla Model S luxury sedan with a 60 kilowatt-hour battery pack, which retails at a lower price. Then again, the Cadillac ELR is probably more likely to sell to Cadillac fans rather than confirmed EV advocates—making the ELR an important transition car for buyers who traditionally wouldn't consider buying a plug-in vehicle.
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