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2014 Cadillac ELR Review

April 19, 2013
2014 Cadillac ELR

2014 Cadillac ELR

2014 Cadillac ELR

The 2014 Cadillac ELR, a sleek, luxury coupe, features the first application of Extended Range Electric Vehicle technology by a fine-line luxury automotive brand. Set to electrify the luxury market in Palm Springs, as well as all of Southern California. An unprecedented combination of luxury, advanced engineering and progressive design that is both sporty and environmentally friendly.

The ELR delivers on the promise of the Converi Concept, establishing the exterior as a new, progressive proportion for Cadillac while the interior introduces a new design theme destined to define future Cadillac models by emphasizing modern elegance, advanced technology, and precisely crafted details.

The Cadillac ELR has an aggressive, forward-leaning profile and introduces a new, progressive theme and proportion in Cadillac’s design evolution. The overall shape is reinforced by a prominent, sweeping body line accented by 20-inch wheels pushed to the edges of the body. Aerodynamics play a crucial role in the design as airflow is managed to help the vehicle slip through the air with minimal drag. A flush front fascia and grille, with active shutters behind the grille opening, as well as tapered fascia corners, enable air to move easily around the ELR to reduce drag. In the rear, sharp edges and a carefully designed spoiler also manage airflow.

Inside, the ELR’s classic 2+2 layout is driver focused, emphasizing modern luxury, connectivity and precisely crafted details. The leather-trimmed interior blends authentic chrome and wood accents, and available carbon fiber trim, as well as a sueded microfiber headliner and steering wheel covered in leather and sueded microfiber. Additional features include an eight-inch configurable instrument and driver information displays, offering four configurations ranging from elegantly simple to technologically
enhanced information. Auto-glide/power-assisted covered storage/cup holders are in the center console, and fold-down rear seat backs accommodate longer items, including multiple sets of golf clubs.

Cadillac CUE with Navigation is standard and accessible through a large, eight-inch, full-color capacitive-touch screen in the center of the instrument panel. It supports the electrified driving experience with displays on driving efficiency, energy usage, charging options and more, in addition to a broad range of infotainment options. Using Cadillac CUE via the touch screen features gesture recognition, proximity sensing, which reveals information when needed, and a three-core microprocessor for faster response. Some features are accessible via steering-wheel controls and the motorized screen pivots up to reveal a hidden storage compartment with a USB port for phones and other personal items. The 2014 Cadillac ELR is powered by GM EREV technology, combining pure electric drive and an efficient, range-extending 1.4L gasoline-powered electric generator capable of 154 kW, or 207 horsepower, of total system power.
The ELR’s battery is a T-shaped, 16.5 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, located along the centerline of the vehicle, between the front and rear wheels for optimal weight distribution. The 5.5-foot-long, 435- pound pack supplies energy to an advanced electric drive unit capable of 295 lb.-ft. of instant torque to propel the vehicle. Using only the energy stored in the battery, the ELR will deliver a GM-estimated range of about 35 miles of pure electric driving, depending on terrain, driving techniques and
temperature.

A driver-selectable Hold mode directs when the ELR uses its electric generator. This feature helps optimize the electric-driving experience, allowing owners who mix city and highway driving to save the battery charge for city travel, where the ELR EV mode operates most efficiently. Charging the ELR’s battery can be done with a 120V electrical outlet or a dedicated 240V charging station. The vehicle can be completely recharged in about 4.5 hours using a 240V outlet, depending on the outside temperature. Once the vehicle is plugged in, owners can schedule either immediate or delayed charges, even coordinating charging according to departure time or when electricity rates are lower.

Owners also can manage and monitor the ELR online or with their smartphone and RemoteLink, a mobile app powered by OnStar. The ELR’s battery is covered by an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty. For the energy conscious driver in Palm Springs who does not wish to sacrifice the performance and luxury they deserve, the 2014 Cadillac ELR is waiting.

 

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