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Cadillac ELR Plug-In Hybrid Car Review (Video)

Cadillac’s entry into the premium car category is stunning inside and Bentley drivers think so.

The CTS Cadlilac s arts and science aesthetic—the faceted, Stealth body style that become its ranch-saving signature. The makeover was polarizing—Caddy s 60- and 70-something hated it—but it shocked s corpulent, corporate heart a jolt from pair of paddles and served notice to BMW and Lexus, the troika eating s luxury lunch, that GM s luxury marque could be a plausible competitor.

Having its land-yacht legacy down the hole, Cadillac is today fine-tuning its bulwark models: the CTS received rave reviews and a of the Escalade SUV, which Cadillac a plausible ride in after it launched a thousand videos, is due later this

Now, Cadillac is making foray into uncharted with the 2014 ELR, a hybrid coupe. Like the the ELR started as a concept car, the and enthusiasts have applauded how the production model resembles the concept.

Stickering at $76,000, the ELR is s priciest model but still cheaper than its closest for now, the Porsche Panamera hybrid, and about the same as the Tesla Model S, a pure that is Hollywood s default luxo car. By charging a premium for a smallish coupe a nearly unique power Cadillac s intention is clear: the ELR is to captivate a demographic for whom is largely conjecture, and image and are everything. In that regard, the ELR on (almost) every level.

Stunning inside and out, the ELR is the fully realized manifestation of s arts and science aesthetic. and cunningly proportioned, in side it faintly recalls the lines of the TT or Mercedes SLK—you feel you should be able to slip it your back pocket. The metes out tasteful portions of microfiber, leather, chrome, fiber filigree and dark woods.

The instrument cluster and stack are married to Cadillac s Cue interface, which looks dramatic startup fanfare through the cabin s 10-channel stereo system when the ignition is engaged or switched can frustrate as much as it informs; my ELR had a balky haptic volume that made listening to the an iffy proposition.

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Active noise also by Bose, dampens noise considerably. An array of tech safety features are including lane departure and forward collision alert projects a warning onto the and sends a series of vibrations to the s seat when it senses an collision. (I managed to engage t ask—and can attest to its efficacy.)

The ELR shares an enhanced version of the that powers the Chevrolet plug-in motor can power the car on alone for about 35 miles, which the gasoline engine kicks in and the car switches to hybrid mode. Charging the batterry five hours with a 2 charger, a $2,000 option, and 15 hours plugged into a garage outlet.

The performance in mode is impressive: smooth, and, especially when the mode is dialed in, head-snapping The car falters slightly when the engine kicks in. On level or at speed on the freeway, it s supple and but on uphill grades at low speeds, it at levels unacceptable in such an refined—and expensive—car. (I managed 30 miles per gallon of combined and hybrid mileage on a single charge in mostly city

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The ELR cuts an impressive figure. In my driving the car, it turned heads than my stint in a Bentley Mulsanne; most for Cadillac, those heads attached to 30- and 40-year-old bodies, the Paramount lot, where a couple attending an Academy complimented the car s looks unprovoked, to the of a Bentley GT who rolled down his asked if I liked the car, and that he had one on order.

Cadillac has expectations for the ELR—production this is limited to a few thousand cars—but the evidence during my time it suggests that, at least in Los which with San Francisco for 35 percent of U.S. electric car the ELR is hitting its target demographic the eyes.

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