Geneva motor show 2013 Cadillac ELR Autocar

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Geneva motor show 2013: Cadillac ELR

5 March 2013

Cadillac has finally launched the production version of its Converj range-extender coupé, first seen at the 2009 Detroit show as a concept and now at the Geneva motor show .

Now badged the Cadillac ELR, it’s due to go into production at the end of this year. The car uses the Chevrolet Volt /Vauxhall Ampera drivetrain. The body is all new, incorporating specific aerodynamic features to improve the car’s efficiency – the underbody is fully sealed and the Cadillac egg crate grille is modified.

Despite these changes, the ELR’s coefficient of drag (cD) is 0.30, more than a Mercedes E-class Coupé’s 0.24.

Underneath is a tweaked version of the Volt’s drivetrain – the most notable change is to the battery, which can now supply more of its overall capacity that the Volt’s can. Chief Engineer Chris Thomason said that they decided to “exercise the battery a bit more,” giving the ELR a range of about 35 miles, similar to the Volt’s despite being around 80kg heavier.


Design boss, Mark Adams says the car is the latest expression of Cadillac’s ‘Art and Science’ philosophy. He said his team were proud of its similarity to the Converj concept, and that it was “not just an empty promise”.

Total torque output is 295lb ft, while total power is put at 204bhp. A full charge using a 240v outlet takes around 4.5 hours. It should offer a better drive than the Volt, too, with the HiPer Strut front suspension set up used on Vauxhall’s VXR models and wider front and rear tracks.

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Expect a 0-60mph time of around 8sec, slightly faster than the Volt’s 9sec. Standard wheels are 20-inch units.

Inside, the ELR’s cabin looks set to become Cadillac’s most competent offering yet, with what Cadillac promises are high-quality materials and assembly. It comes with an 8-inch touch screen and an automatic cup holder. It also debuts a new look for Cadillac interiors that will heavily influence the next CTS saloon.

The ELR will come to Europe in 2014, but despite the car’s Volt underpinnings, Thomason says the car cannot made in right hand drive “at this time”, because there isn’t sufficient market potential.

Cadillac European boss Tom Anliker, commenting on the European debut of the ELR, said We have a lot of work to do but have the product and potential to achieve. Europe is the home of luxury goods and we need to establish our European dealer footprint.

The ELR will be made in Detroit, but it will be exported only to the largest markets such as China and Europe. The ELR “Reaches a whole new generation of luxury buyers”, said Bob Ferguson, new global head of Cadillac.

Cadillac ELR Electric Cars
Cadillac ELR Electric Cars
Cadillac ELR Electric Cars

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