NAIAS 2013: The 2014 Cadillac ELR Brings Luxury To Plug-In Hybrids
We’re back, rested, and ready to bring you all the live shots and info from the 2013 North American International Auto Show. While there were many cool, green cars on the showroom floor, we found ourselves gravitating back to one car over and over again; the Cadillac ELR, GM’s luxury version of the Chevy Volt.
To say the crowd around this car was thick and eager is an understatement. Due to time constraints, we didn’t have nearly as much time as we would have liked to check out the luxury Volt, but we did snap some shots of this pretty two-door plug-in hybrid. GM didn’t just give the Volt more luxury amenities and a new look though, as the Cadillac plug-in also gets a substantial power boost.
The Cadillac ELR will come to market with 207 horsepower and 295 ft-lbs of torque, compared to the Volt’s 149 horsepower and 273 ft-lbs of torque. The Cadillac ELR also gets an extra .5 kWh added to its battery pack to handle all the extra luxury features, like the Cadillac CUE infotainment system and motorized cup holders.
These extra features add 300 pounds of weight compared to the Volt, though this extra weight also affords some cool features like larger wheels (20-inch dubs, yo) and a self-adjusting suspension system that can be tuned for Sport or Touring modes. By far though the coolest eco-performance feature is the steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters for the regenerative braking system. Sweet!
The ELR will be able to go 35 miles on a fully-charged battery, and it will use around 70% of the battery capacity to achieve that range (compared to the 60% of the current Volt). That is 3-miles less than a fully-charged Volt, but the ELR will reportedly have an extra 82 miles of range; whether that is because it has a larger gas tank, or better fuel economy, GM didn’t specify.
We are more than happy to see GM bring one of its best concept cars in years, the Cadillac Converj, to production. Pricing hasn’t been announced yet, though pricing is expected to be in the $55,000 to $70,000 (!!) range when it goes on sale next winter.