Car Reviews 2014 Cadillac ELR

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Car Reviews — 2014 ELR

15th January 2013, AM

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Car Reviews — Cadillac ELR

Cadillac is giving an old personal luxury coupe—an new spin: by plugging it in, and reinventing it as an plug-in electric car, the ELR.

Like the Chevrolet on which it’s based, the ELR will be first and foremost an car, able to go a certain of miles in all-electric mode, which a gasoline engine up, functioning mainly as a ‘range to generate more electricity for the system. But the ELR will go well the Volt’s green-icon status in improved handling, more and a very stylish, uniquely look inside and out.

If a loyal reader of our auto-show you’ve essentially seen the ELR least on the outside. Styling for the ELR on the 2009 Converj concept and surprisingly, GM has managed to carry the design of the concept through, unchanged—with massive 20-inch helping keep the concept’s of proportion. The sweeping upkick of the shoulder crease helps the ELR look especially rakish, headlamps and taillamps are elongated to points and emphasize the body

Headlamps are all-LED lighting (low beams, high running lamps), with the lamps feature four staggered rectangular beams. The is a new EV-oriented twist on the eggcrate most of the air up and around, with a system only letting it in needed (and sealing a coefficient of drag). In back, columns of light correspond, and jewel-like ‘Cadillac’ emblems are the enclosure. The gradually sloped tapers down all the way to the rear, as if it be a hatchback. only the ELS has a trunklid.

Underneath the ELR has a full set of aerodynamic and diffusers, while the tailpipe is within the rear fascia.

Cadillac aimed for a complex yet look, with multiple and surfaces, to yield an almost appearance. Materials include a microfiber headliner, real wood trim, olive ash trivalent chrome, and real accents, along with stitching throughout. The instrument both Cadillac’s CUE touch-screen and an eight-inch reconfigurable instrument around and downward to a full-length console, then back the two rear passenger positions.

But the highlight of the interior are the plush sport seats, covered in leather.

Fundamentally, the ELR employs the Extended Range Electric (EREV) technology and hardware used in the Volt, including the 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder The electric-motor system is identical as is the system’s ability to use the gasoline as a supplemental traction motor at speeds to aid efficiency. Cadillac has to cut a few pounds from the 16.5-kWh pack, but it remains the same as in the too.

Yet through some tweaks for the controls, the electric motor delivers a bit more: 207 hp (154 with 295 foot-pounds of instant

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In addition to Tour (normal), and Mountain Modes, there’s a special Sport Mode, firms up the damping system, the accelerator map more aggressive, and the steering a little more Also of note is Regen on a feature that allows the to pull back on paddle-like at the back of the steering wheel to (as long as they’re pulled) regenerative braking

The ELR’s chassis is very otherwise. GM has raided its premium bin in many respects and given model better handling and a sophisticated ride. The so-called Strut suspension, with a that’s 40-mm wider, controllability, steering centering, and feedback, while a Watt’s in back boosts control, on imperfect surfaces. There’s a transverse link bridging the of the strut assemblies. GM has also the Sachs adaptive suspension continuous damping control that’s used on several Cadillac models, including the SRX and and adjusts damping every two

Hydraulic ride bushings further isolation, and active cancellation is standard.

Although GM released any information about consumption of MPGe figures for the it’s said that the total range will 300 miles; its electric-only range be about 35 miles, or slightly than that of the Volt—due to the more aggressive calibration, its heavier (around 200 pounds curb weight. Charging will be the same as the Volt, a complete recharge in 4.5 hours on power.

Cadillac’s CUE will be standard in the with proximity sensing and the menu system as in Cadillac’s cars—but it and the instrument panel special EV-relevant displays. like the Volt the ELR will a smartphone-based interface with charging, charging alerts, and features.


The ELS’s interior is that of a rakish mid-size there are two backseat positions, in individual buckets, but full-size will have trouble in, and feeling comfortable with the limited amount of headroom and The ELR’s wheelbase is 0.4 inches than the Volt, but it may end up feeling a bit smaller inside due to that Entertainment will be provided via ten-channel Bose audio, safety features will an adaptive cruise control with crash mitigation.

Production will start in 2013, at the same Hamtramck that builds the Chevrolet and the ELR will go on sale early in year 2014.

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