CADILLAC ELR – “ELECTRIC HYBRID LUXURY CAR”
Chevrolet’s Volt technology goes upscale with the introduction of the 2014 Cadillac ELR, which uses the same basic architecture of the Chevy Volt. It features a 16.5-kWh battery pack and 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, capable of generating 207 horsepower and a peak 295 lb-ft of torque. Battery power alone delivers a driving range of about 35 miles, at which point the gasoline engine seamlessly kicks in to provide range-extending power. The ELR also features driver selectable regenerative braking, equipped with paddle shifters that offer different levels of regenerative braking to mimic downshifting. On the aesthetic front, the coupe is mostly unchanged from the Converj concept from 2009, highlighted by a sleek and low roof-line and aggressive stance marked by huge 20-inch wheels. Meanwhile, LED lights throughout the exterior and satin chrome trim contribute to a highly polished look. Inside the cabin, the look and feel is almost bespoke, featuring premium materials like microfiber, piano-black wood, carbon fiber and trivalent chrome. Currently on display at the Detroit Auto Show, expect the ELR to launch in late 2013.