Cadillac is making its debut in the premium coupe segment with the new electric Cadillac ELR, and the price is very interesting. Based on Converj, the production model of Cadillac ELR relies on the current Chevrolet Volt’s engine.
Cadillac unveiled at Detroit Auto Show 2013 the ELR model, a production version of the Converj concept, that has been introduced in 2009 at the same U.S. auto show. The model is a premium hybrid coupe which will go into production later this year and will hit the market in early 2014.
Under strong bodywork,inspired by the angular and masculine lines of Converj concept, Cadillac ELR hides a whole new hybrid ensemble taken from Volt. This means that the premium model benefits of a T-shaped battery, located in the center of the chassis.
Cadillac ELR Engine
The package has a capacity of 16.5 kWh and can provide a pure electric propulsion for a distance of 56 km. Weighing 198 pounds and measuring 1.6 meters, the battery only needs 4.5 hours to charge from an AC 240 V. When using a 120V supply, the time increases to 12 hours. After depletion of energy, a 1.4-liter gasoline engine starts to pump energy into the battery of Cadillac ELR.
The entire set offers 207 HP and a torque of 400 Nm. The resources are sufficient for a sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in about eight seconds, one less than the Volt’s. Maximum speed can go up to 161 km/h.
The new Cadillac ELR uses a Hi-Per Strut suspension for the front and arrives with a eight-speed automatic transmission, signed by ZF. For the rear axle the Americans have chosen a semi-independent one.
Inside, Cadillac relied on a 2 +2 seating configuration and complimented it with wood and leather inserts to underline the premium character. No missing or carbon fiber equipment for those who want a more sporty. For those who want a more sporty approach, Cadillac ELR is offering a carbon fiber equipping.
In terms of technology, Cadillac ELR relies on a 8 inch touch screen, a LED ambiental lighting and an ingenious solution to folding rear seat.
Cadillac ELR 2013 Price
There is no pricing available yet, but we can make some reasonable assumptions. The Chevy Volt has a base MSRP of roughly $39K, depending on where you live. As Cadillac is using the Volt’s drivetrain, it will likely upgrade it. Then add in some Cadillac-grade features and that stylish body and you will probably end up at a $70,000 base price. Either way, the new Cadillac ELR seems quite a bargain!