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33 years ago, GM made the of taking a Chevy Cavalier, its seats in leather, changing the slapping on a gold crest on the lid and calling it a Cadillac. Without changes to the silhouette, suspension, or any of the other major components, the is considered to this day to be the low watermark of the brand.

So it was with some that I approached the new Cadillac ELR on a California morning for our test in the mountains around Palm Built using the same platform and drivetrain as the Chevy would the ELR deliver a true experience or fall short of the reset expectations thanks to the excellence of both CTS and ATS products?

sharing is not unique to GM. Audi and VW do it, as do and Toyota, Acura and Honda, as as Nissan and Infiniti. Those have just traditionally it more successfully.

With its horsepower and torque, revamped longer wheelbase, wider and larger brakes, the ELR delivers a experience you’d expect a luxury coupe. The exterior and detail are dramatically different the more pedestrian look of the And, the interior doesn’t feel like a distant of the electrified Chevy.

So that good.

Achieving this of church and state, however, set you back about $75,000 shifts the perspective and the comparisons. isn’t about whether the ELR is from and better than the – it is. It’s about whether you the ELR and Cadillac’s brand of luxury to high-end performance coupes the Jaguar XK, Mercedes E350, R5, and BMW 6-Series that live in the area code when it to price and size.

That’s a tougher question.

a overall styling standpoint, the ELR a new perspective on Cadillac’s angular Science” design language. the car, one is struck by the low slung, shape with intricate side surfaces flowing the front door to the rear It looks sportier and more than any current Cadillac thanks in part to the 20-inch and tires that are pushed way out to the As you get closer you see details designed to aerodynamics like the recessed handle and flush fascia its closed grille. Those cues are the only hint this is an alternatively powered

All in all, the design is quite done and should wear as the model gets on in years.

inside, the ELR is pure Cadillac. smaller than the ATS, it higher quality materials, electronics, intuitive information and systems, and thoughtful design that let you know this is an luxury car, not an econobox. In there are no sacrifices made of its power source. The interior 12-way power adjustable, front seats; hand-wrapped, cut and sew panel, door panels and console with tastefully micro-suede accents; and for those chilly mornings, even the wheel is heated.

The ELR is a 2+2 much like the Porsche so asking anyone other a very small child to in the back will undoubtedly be met howls of protest.

The only surprising about driving the ELR is there are no surprises. Other the fact that there is no or rumble coming from the hood, it drives as you’d a car of this ilk to perform. The power on smoothly and progressively as you step on the

It’s no rocket ship, but 295 lb-ft of torque and a combined 181 from twin electric motors, you get from 0-60 mph in 8 seconds, quick enough for any or on-ramp. 60-80 mph acceleration was better than I expected as the deliver consistent torque at any unlike traditional internal motors.

One question people about electrics is range. How far can you before having to recharge? For all-electrics that’s about 40 The outlier, of course, is the Tesla can get you around 250 miles on a charge but for you’ll pay 100% premium the Cadillac. GM’s solution to the is to put a range extending gas generator on

So when the batteries are drained 40 miles, the generator kicks in electricity to the drive system.


The of this system is that still burning fossil in your electric car. The is that you can drive it like a car. Even when has its supercharger system in place, will take 30+ minutes and the of your longer trips be dictated by the network they are in place.

With the ELR, you can cross country just as you any other car. There’s no to recharge the battery until you a suitably convenient stopping

The ELR can be charged on either 120 volts in 12 to 18 or 240 volts in just 5 hours. owners will install the 240 charging station in their thus if you drive less 40 miles a day, you’ll tap into your extended fuel. This system high marks from owners.

I’ve known who have gone 6 months or without having to put gas in the tank.

So having to worry about the or the range, I was just able to on the drive.

Our 100 mile loop us from the parking lot at the Parker in Palm Springs south to Desert then onto 74 up the San Jacincto Mountains to 6,000 The winding road with its uphill grade was an excellent for the car’s performance and handling. The electric motors pulled from the base of the mountains to the With car set in Sport mode, the and steering were unflappable negotiating the switchbacks.

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The car is heavy and feels it at times, but the roll was minimal and the low-profile provided confident contact the pavement.

Due to my heavy right we ran the battery down after 22 miles which was somewhat At that point the generator in with no fuss and very noise and vibration. The ELR uses active noise canceling to the 1.4L gas generator’s intrusion the experience.

After a quick pit stop for coffee and snacks at the but otherwise excellent Gastrognome in Idyllwild, we continued down the side of the mountains to Banning. On the we were able to use the ELR’s regenerative control system. on a paddle behind the steering transforms the motors into

The resulting drag creates force from the motors putting a little bit of juice into the batteries.

In Banning we up the I-10 where we were to engage the adaptive cruise and see that it does effectively the spacing between you and the car ahead, of the traffic speed. We completed the back to Palm Springs lunch was waiting for us at the Colony Hotel.

In addition to driving new cars, one of the I like about these is the opportunity to experience new places or new in some of my favorite old places. Springs falls into the category. Cadillac understands in order to take its place the world’s leading automotive its point of view must more than just the sheet.

The brand must a statement in design, function and This trip hinted at Cadillac may be headed. In addition to the ELR we were taken on a tour of of the most significant California modern homes in the area, Twin Palms, Frank private getaway.

While hard to draw direct between the ELR and The Chairman of the Boards’ it is interesting that both are yet understated. By today’s standards, Palms is small for a celebrity just four bedrooms and square feet. And while the and materials from which it is are first-class, the house stands out for its not its adornments.

Another important of the mid-century modern movement is the way it nature into the living

It’s actually a good for Cadillac’s current design The blend of sharp angles and surfaces, the mix of wood, leather and materials like carbon and the limited use of chrome is markedly from the Cadillacs of the ‘70s and Maybe that’s why Cadillac’s design language that we see in the ATS, CTS and XTS still looks after 15 years and will up well for generations to come.

So yes, the ELR is built on a modified platform, but it is a very different While neither particularly nor fast, it is sporty with a interior and an exterior design draws just enough And while $75,000 isn’t out of the at all for a top of the line Cadillac, it feels a much for this car.

I it’s intended to sell in low and serve as a statement for the brand, I’m not sure that this is the they need to be making now. I’d much rather skipped the ELR and moved right on to the Elmiraj.

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