2014 Cadillac ELR Electrifies 2013 Detroit Auto Show

2013 Detroit Auto Show


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    2014 Cadillac ELR. | January 15, 2013

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2013 Detroit Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • The 2014 Cadillac ELR, the sexier sister vehicle to the plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volt, debuted on Tuesday at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.
  • Pricing was not announced, but the Cadillac ELR is likely to be more expensive than the $39,995 Volt.
  • The Cadillac ELR is being praised for hewing to the look of the Cadillac Converj Concept on which it is based.

DETROIT — The 2014 Cadillac ELR, the sexier sister vehicle to the plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volt, made its debut on Tuesday at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.

Pricing was not announced, but the Cadillac ELR is likely to be more expensive than the $39,995 Volt. ELR production begins in the U.S. in late 2013 with sales starting in early 2013 in North America, GM said.

The 2+2 Cadillac ELR is being praised for hewing to the look of the Cadillac Converj Concept on which it is based. The show-stopping unveiling of the ELR follows on the heels of the 2013 Cadillac ATS being named the 2013 North American Car of the Year, the first-ever win for Cadillac.

"This is a pivotal moment in Cadillac's history, as we continue our product-driven expansion," said Bob Ferguson, Cadillac global vice president, in a statement as the wraps came off the ELR.

The Cadillac ELR is an extended-range hybrid — a plug-in electric with an electric motor, a lithium-ion battery and a gasoline engine that is used for backup. Total system output is 207 horsepower, while total electric-only range for the ELR is estimated at 35 miles.

In comparison, the EPA says the 2013 Chevrolet Volt has an electric-only range of 38.

The ELR has a top speed of 100 mph. Recharging takes about 12 hours on a 120V charger and about 4.5 hours on a 240V charging station.

GM did not provide fuel economy estimates on the ELR.

Design elements on the ELR include a low, fast roofline, LED lighting and 20-inch wheels. The cabin gets lots of leather, Cadillac's CUE navigation system and even a "power-assisted" sliding cupholder cover.

Edmunds says: GM ups the green ante with a luxury car that uses the same technology as the groundbreaking Chevrolet Volt.

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