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Christopher Bruce2013-01-15 12:16:12

Cadillac ELR Transforms the Volt into a Stylish Coupe

Shares Volt platform and powertrain with a unique body and interior

The ELR is closely based on the Converj concept

CadillacCadillacCadillacUnited States of America, 1902 > present79 models
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will be revealing the range-extended hybrid ELRELRCadillac ELRUnited States of America, 2014 > present16 photos
at the North American International Auto Show later today. Under the skin, the car is basically a Chevrolet VoltVoltChevrolet VoltUnited States of America, 2011 > present3 photos
and shares the same platform and powertrain with the ELR, and both will be made at the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant. The ELR will be built in limited numbers.

The production ELR is closely modeled on the Converj concept with headlights that bend up the front of the car, an arching bodyline and just two doors. It is the first Cadillac coupe in over a decade. The exterior gets full LED headlights and taillights, 20in wheels, GM's HiPer Strut front suspension, Bose 10-speaker stereo. The interior includes materials like faux-suede, chrome, wood and optional carbon fiber.

In addition to the massively updated interior quality and modern exterior design, the ELR also gets new interior technology to make it even more special. It includes Regen on Demand that offers selectable drive modes that tune the regenerative braking and internal combustion engine use. The driver can select to drive the car in pure EV mode or force it to use the engine to top up the batteries and several other options. The system's modes are toggled through steering wheel-mounted paddles. 

The ELR is powered by a 1.4-liter Ecotec engine that acts as a generator for the car's electric motors. It has a total system output of 207hp and 295lb-ft of torque.  The car has a full range of 300 miles (480km). The pure electric driving range is 35 miles. The batteries take about four hours to charge on a 240v outlet. The ELR and its electric powertrain are covered by an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty. 

“ELR is an unprecedented combination of luxury, advanced engineering and progressive design in a coupe that is both sporty and environmentally friendly. This is a pivotal moment in Cadillac’s history, as we continue our product-driven expansion," said Bob Ferguson, Cadillac global vice president.

Straight 4
85 cu in
Top Speed
106 mph
Maximum power
84 hp @ 4800 rpm
Fixed-head coupé
Petrol / Electric
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