2014 Cadillac ELR Range-Extended Luxury Coupe Priced at $75,995

By · October 14, 2013

Cadillac ELR

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.

Comments

· · 27 weeks ago

Beautiful car...it will sell in limited numbers and will be a rare sight to see. Honestly I have a strong feeling when someone is in the market...comparing prices if EVs they will opt for the 60kWh Model S over the ELR.

Disappointing GM. The volt is a beautiful car, my most enjoyable car yet....but the price has proven to be the only failure in marketing. Price drop a and sales spiked..... ELR....on the other hand will be like the first VOLTs on the road...limited to the niche individuals wanting the newest car.

· · 27 weeks ago

Elon Musk must sit in his office and laugh his ass off.

· · 27 weeks ago

@Rick Danger,

Given that Elon Musk has publicly stated that his goal is to convince the mainstream auto companies to produce serious EV offerings, I would actually guess he's shaking his head in disgust. This is, after all, the company that pays for a team of people to watch Tesla, and is supposedly building a "Tesla Killer".

The ELR as it is is just sad. If it had come out 10 years ago, it would have been revolutionary.

· · 27 weeks ago

I doubt the ELR is the Tesla killer. If it is then GM is backsliding into oblivion once again! If I was going to drop that much money on a car it would be a Tesla. Actually I almost did but I settled on a Volt. Couldn't see dropping an extra $10k on the bigger battery pack so my wife could drive to her sister's in the winter. I hope ELR sales are better than the Volt's but at that price I wouldn't hold my breath.

· · 27 weeks ago

GM is offering the ELR as a "Limited" edition car.

With this price, GM is making sure the sales are "Limited", as it wishes...

ELR was never intended for competing against Model S. It does make the Volt looks like a great bargain.

· · 27 weeks ago

@Brian Schwerdt,

Let me amend my statement to "laugh his ass off in disgust." :)

I agree with you, his idea of getting the mainstream automakers serious about EVs is his least successful endeavor at this point.

Watching their pitiful half-hearted attempts, and then thinking about how high and mighty they all think they are has got to provoke a laugh, just to keep him from beating his head against a wall.

· · 27 weeks ago

What is the point of the ELR? If GM wanted it to be the expensive halo car, they should have made it *1st*. They did it completely bass-ackwards. Wouldn't you think a big company like GM would know the right way to present a revolutionary new power train? The big, bad company that has had 100 + year's experience in these matters?

Even an upstart like Elon Musk knew better. Could it be that GM, in a fit of hubris, deliberately did the intro backwards just to thumb their nose at Tesla? Or maybe because they knew the Caddy Volt was no match for the Model S?

If GM were smart (that's a big IF), they would have instead focused on putting the Voltec power train into a vehicle that many people *want*. How many people have criticized the Volt for being a 4 seater? So, naturally, using GM logic, the next car to make is a ridiculously overpriced Coupe that is 3 years too late, has even less room inside, and that will doubtfully sell more than a few hundred examples at best, leaving GM holding the bag for it's development costs too. And, of course, further delaying making the Volt CUV that would push their Voltec sales to levels the 1 trick Volt just can't obtain by itself.

GM has already lowered the price on the Volt, so don't tell me that they think the stratospheric price of the ELR is in any way going to keep Volt prices high. If they had made the Caddy 1st, then people might not have balked so much at a $40,000 Volt - it might have seemed like a bargain.

If GM is waiting for Volt 2 to expand the line of Voltec vehicles, then again, why make the ELR now with soon-to-be-outdated technology and price it into the heavens?

GM has a serious facial twitch. They really need to get it looked at.

· · 27 weeks ago

This is the problem with getting your car information on an EV site. "It's just a Volt." Uh, OK.

58 more horsepower

Magnetorhelogical computer controlled dampers

Anti-torque steer front struts

Watts link rear

Driver adjustable regeneration via steering wheel paddles

Adaptive cruise control

LED headlights

.....

· · 27 weeks ago

@Michael, the ELR may be rated at a bit higher horsepower than the Volt, but the Volt is hackable to get 0-60 in 6 seconds.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hA4fLSuvkk8

· · 27 weeks ago

@danwat1234 - Its the same drivetrain/powertrain as the VOLT. I have not watched your attached video but with a slightly heavier car, the only thing they may be able to do is tweak the electric motor to make it produce slightly more (if possible) to meet the same acceleration to the VOLT (heavier = slower then lighter VOLT). The side-by-side for the VOLT and ELR will be very interesting range, efficiency and 0-60 times. If the HP is software limited, we can bet more VOLT owners with a techy background will figure out a fix to do the same.

· · 27 weeks ago

I can't imagine anyone buying the ELR over the Model S. Just doesn't make any sense.

· · 27 weeks ago

The ELR will not compete for the same buyers as the Model S, but as Nikki said, will likely bring in buyers who otherwise would not have traded in their easy to live with gasoline cars for a car which would turn any long trip into an unwanted adventure at best (Tesla) or an impossibility at worst (Leaf).

I do not see it as an either/or competition between the ELR and Model S. The ELR is a personal luxury coupe on a different mission than what Tesla is going after, standing out in ways the Model S does not. I'm looking forward to driving one and trying out the paddle regenerative braking on a twisty, rolling road I know well - it's going to be blast to drive those curves with my right foot fixed to the 'go' pedal with my fingers working the paddles to moderate my speed.

· · 27 weeks ago

@danwart1234, Thanks for the video link! Very cool!

It's great to see people modding EVs now.

· · 27 weeks ago

I just want to point out the Model S is not a "luxury" car. It's a nicely appointed car just like the Volt is. Leather seats and a touch panel don't make a car luxury since you can get those on any car. Not defending the price of the ELR but some of it's features are only available in cars at it's price range.

Also not everyone wants a car the size of the Model S - it's a big car. So they are only competing because they both have batteries.

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