First Cadillac ELR Pre-Production Vehicles Have Now Been Built

1 year ago by Jay Cole 11

First Pre-Producion ELR Gets Built Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

First Pre-Production ELR Gets Built Wednesday, May 29th, 2013 (photo via Jeffrey Sauger for GM)

The first Cadillac ELR pre-production vehicles are now being built at General Motor’s Hamtramck facility, as attested to by IndyCar’s Simona de Silvestro, who currently drives a KV Racing Technology Chevrolet.

Simona De Silvestro, Team Chevy IndyCar Driver, Checks Out The First ELR At GM's Hamtramck Assembly Facility

Simona De Silvestro, Team Chevy IndyCar Driver, Checks Out The First ELR At GM’s Hamtramck Assembly Facility

These current ELRs will not be available to the public, but instead are used to fine tune the manufacturing process alongside production of the Chevrolet Volt, which are currently running down the Michigan line.

Official production of consumer cars start in late 2013, with the first of the “limited run” of luxury extended range Cadillac being delivered in the first quarter of 2014, but only through select Cadillac dealers.

Pricing is expected to start in the mid-$60,000 dollar range.

These shots were made available as GM invited both their Chevrolet and Cadillac racing cars drivers to the Hamtramck facility on Wednesday, May 29th, 2013 to witness the first ELR rolling off the assembly line.

First Peek Inside A Pre-Production Cadillac ELR

First Peek Inside A Pre-Production Cadillac ELR

The Cadillac ELR shares many features with the Chevrolet Volt, as they are based off the same platform.

Shot Of the First ELR (via AOL Autos)

Shot Of the First ELR (via AOL Autos)

Both with feature GM’s 1.4 Ecotec four-cylinder engine and the upgraded for 2013, 16.5 kWh lithium battery pack.  However, the Cadillac version is tuned for a little more power out of the electric drive unit.

The ELR is rated at 154 kW, or 207 horsepower, which is 58 more than is found in the Chevy, and 295 lb-ft of torque, 23 lb-ft more than the Volt.

These improvements will shave about a second off the Caddy’s 0-60 time, estimated at just under 8 seconds, and also improve the driving response at highway speeds.

Overall, the Cadillac will get about 35 miles per charge (3 less than the Volt), and a “full driving range exceeding 300 miles.”  (All the specs on the ELR can be found here)

 

First ELR Rolls Off The Hamtramck Assembly Line On Wednesday, May 29th, 2013 (via AoL Autos)

First ELR Rolls Off The Hamtramck Assembly Line On Wednesday, May 29th, 2013 (via AoL Autos)

Picture Sources:  GM Media (Jeffrey Sauger for General Motors) & Aol Autos

 

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11 responses to "First Cadillac ELR Pre-Production Vehicles Have Now Been Built"

  1. GeorgeS says:

    As negative as I have been about ELR I’m stoked.
    I hope GM can sell ‘em all!

  2. David Murray says:

    The car seems to get positive reactions from the general public on other car websites. Most people like it just for the looks. I think the looks are “okay” personally. It looks better than the Volt on the sides and maybe even the rear. But I really don’t like the Cadillac front end. Besides, I’ve always thought of Cadillacs as cars for old rich people. Same with Buick.

  3. Martin T. says:

    Great! the Volt family is expanding ….
    Well done GM!

  4. zilm says:

    They need at least smth like 6.8
    8 seconds it’s too slow for that price and image
    As it’s series it would be easy but not for GM :(

    1. David Murray says:

      I suspect the battery pack simply can’t handle any higher peak load. Tesla gets away with faster speeds because their battery packs are huge.

      1. zilm says:

        Bid fair. But it’s not technical limitation anyway, change battery vendor for project.

        1. Jedi2155 says:

          Not as simple as you think, but not impossible either. I just don’t think GM wants to change vendors that easily as it would require more engineering than they’d like to do right now.

          But David Murray is right about the battery limitation. The current Volt pack is pulling 10C already, and they are really pushing it to reach 15C on the pack for the ELR. Going with a iron phosphate based tech would allow better performance but their main supplier right now is LG offering it super cheap.

  5. Jeff U says:

    The competition is heating up in the Luxury plugin car market.
    Tesla Model S vs Cadillac ELR!

  6. Shane says:

    The Volt is prettier.

  7. Bill Howland says:

    If Cadillac doesn’t set the price point too high, it should be a popular car. Now everyone is clamoring for a Rav4ev style “XOLT” and a small pickup or van “TROLT”. GM sells a lot of trucks. I’d think this would be an easy way to amortise their volt design costs.

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