2016 Cadillac ELR Gets Price Cut Along With More Power, Range & Performance

APR 15 2015 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 63

2016 Cadillac ELR

2016 Cadillac ELR

2016 Cadillac ELR

2016 Cadillac ELR

“Major product upgrades include a more than 25 percent boost in power and torque, faster acceleration that improves 0-60 mph by 1.5 seconds, higher top speed, retuned chassis and steering for better handling, more responsive brakes and a new Performance equipment package.”

That’s according to General Motors in announcing the improved 2016 Cadillac ELR.

Though the improvements are welcome, the biggest news is a $9,000 price cut.  The 2016 Cadillac ELR “will start at $58,495 net pricing after U.S. federal tax credits.”  Or, $65,995 without the tax credit factored in.

There’s this too:

All 2016 ELRs contain software upgrades to the battery system improving power and acceleration, with EV range growing on the base model.

Additionally, the 2016 ELR has a modified Sport mode that enables the propulsion system to combine engine and electric motor power to take the ELR from 0-60 in 6.4 seconds, a 1.5 second improvement from the current model.

2016 Cadillac ELR

2016 Cadillac ELR

As for that performance package, it increases the ELR’s grip, but decreases range:

Using only the energy stored in the battery, the ELR will deliver an estimated range of about 39 miles (60 km) of pure electric driving, depending on terrain, driving techniques and temperature. The optional Performance Package reduces EV range by about four miles as a result of the enhanced grip of the 20-inch summer-only tires.

We should note that the listed range of 39 miles (w/o performance package is actually a 2-mile improvement over the old ELR).

Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen released this statement on the ELR:

“ELR’s combination of leading technology with stunningly attractive design is unlike any other coupe in the luxury segment. The upgraded ELR offers enhanced driving performance for buyers seeking uncompromising luxury and exquisite craftsmanship with electrification technology. It is unique in the luxury category, in that it completely eliminates conventional concerns over driving range, which has been the Achilles’ heel of other competitors in the luxury segment.”

Not to be confused with the next generation 2016 Chevrolet Volt architecture, this 2016 ELR is still based on the original gen 1 Volt product using the recently upgraded for 2015 17.1 kWh battery. The Cadillac boss has also recently disclosed that the ELR will only “continue through its (current) lifecycle“.  Basically, we are seeing what the full abilities of the original Voltec platform are in this product.

2016 Cadillac ELR

Full technical specs below, as well as press blast from GM:

2016 Cadillac ELR Specifications (click to enlarge)

2016 Cadillac ELR Specifications (click to enlarge)

2016 Cadillac ELR

2016 Cadillac ELR

Press blast below:

2016 ELR Advances with More Power, Technology

2015-04-15

Revised electric drive system increases power and torque by more than 25 percent
Enhanced handling, steering and braking
OnStar with 4G LTE and standard built-in Wi-Fi hotspot

DETROIT – Cadillac today announced the ELR electrified luxury coupe will offer a host of upgrades for the 2016 model year, including boosts in acceleration, driving performance and connectivity.

Major product upgrades include a more than 25 percent boost in power and torque, faster acceleration that improves 0-60 mph by 1.5 seconds, higher top speed, retuned chassis and steering for better handling, more responsive brakes and a new Performance equipment package.

2016 Cadillac ELR

2016 Cadillac ELR

“ELR’s combination of leading technology with stunningly attractive design is unlike any other coupe in the luxury segment,” said Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen. “The upgraded ELR offers enhanced driving performance for buyers seeking uncompromising luxury and exquisite craftsmanship with electrification technology. It is unique in the luxury category, in that it completely eliminates conventional concerns over driving range, which has been the Achilles’ heel of other competitors in the luxury segment.”

Distinguished by a new grille and Cadillac’s new crest, the 2016 ELR, which features the first application of extended-range electric vehicle technology by a full-line luxury automotive brand, will start at $58,495 net pricing after U.S. federal tax credits.

The 2016 ELR’s steering and suspension upgrades include:

Revised calibration of the HiPer Strut front suspension
Increased front spring rates and a stiffer rear axle
Stiffer bushings for the front lower control arms, cradle mounts and Watts link in the rear suspension, for more precise control with no loss of ride quality
Revised calibrations for the Continuous Damping Control system
Front Damper Rebound Spring added
New steering calibration tuned to complement the revised chassis and suspension systems
Revised brake hardware and system calibration for improved application feel.

2016 Cadillac ELR

2016 Cadillac ELR

A new optional Performance Package elevates the ELR’s driving experience further with greater handling and braking capability – and a more direct, linear feel for the driver. The ELR Performance Package includes:

New 20-inch summer-only performance tires – mounted on new sport wheels – that improve lateral grip by nearly 10 percent
Front Brembo four-piston brake calipers (with the Cadillac script), with 13.6-inch-diameter vented front rotors and 12.4-inch vented rear rotors that improve 60-to-0 mph stopping distance by nearly 12 percent
Specific calibrations for the Continuous Damping Control and electric power steering systems
Sport steering wheel with a thicker rim for a sportier feel.

ELR propulsion and drive technology

All 2016 ELRs contain software upgrades to the battery system improving power and acceleration, with EV range growing on the base model.

Additionally, the 2016 ELR has a modified Sport mode that enables the propulsion system to combine engine and electric motor power to take the ELR from 0-60 in 6.4 seconds, a 1.5 second improvement from the current model.

2016 Cadillac ELR

2016 Cadillac ELR

ELR continues to offer Regen on Demand, recipient of Green Car Journal’s 2014 Green Car Technology Award. Slightly enhanced for the 2016 model to improve deceleration, Regen on Demand allows the driver to temporarily regenerate energy from the ELR’s momentum into electricity and store in the battery pack for later use.

Regen on Demand supports a more engaging driving experience by slowing the vehicle when entering a turn to better position it on the exit, much like downshifting with a manual transmission. Regen on Demand is engaged via steering-wheel paddles adapted from traditional performance cars.

The ELR offers a full driving range of up to 330 miles (530 km), combining pure electric driving and an efficient, range-extending 1.4L gasoline-powered engine-generator. It’s a combination that means most daily commutes will require zero gasoline with zero tailpipe emissions. Longer trips are free from electric-vehicle range anxiety because the ELR’s technology enables the long-distance travel similar to vehicles powered only by gasoline.

The T-shaped battery pack is located along the centerline of the vehicle, between the front and rear wheels for optimal weight distribution. The 5.5-foot-long (1.6 m), 435-pound (198 kg) pack supplies energy to an advanced electric drive unit capable of 373 lb-ft of instant torque (506 Nm) to propel the vehicle.

Using only the energy stored in the battery, the ELR will deliver an estimated range of about 39 miles (60 km) of pure electric driving, depending on terrain, driving techniques and temperature. The optional Performance Package reduces EV range by about four miles as a result of the enhanced grip of the 20-inch summer-only tires.

ELR’s battery can be charged using either a 120- or 240-volt charger. The vehicle can be completely recharged in about five hours using 240V charging, depending on the outside temperature.

The ELR’s battery is covered by an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty or 10 years/150,000 miles in states following Air Resource Board guidelines.

Personal technology

The 2016 ELR will be one of the industry’s most-connected vehicles, with new and enhanced features designed to extend technologies woven into nearly every facet of customers’ lives.

OnStar with 4G LTE and standard built-in Wi-Fi hotspot provides a mobile hub for drivers and passengers to stay connected. The hotspot is on whenever the vehicle is on and comes with a three-month/three-gigabyte data trial, whichever comes first.

4G LTE is the most current and fastest mobile data network and the Wi-Fi hotspot supports up to seven connected devices.

ELR drivers and passengers can also recharge their enabled phones wirelessly with a new magnetic inductive charge spot on the instrument panel. There is no need to plug the phone in for charging, leaving the ELR’s USB ports free for other devices.

Interior luxury and technology

For 2016, the Driver Assistance active safety systems, optional on the current ELR, are standard and include side blind zone alert, rear cross traffic alert and Intellibeam headlamps. Lane change alert and a new vehicle security system are also standard. Adaptive cruise control is available.

Additional interior features include:

Cut-and-sew interior
Available Semi-Aniline full leather seating
Sueded microfiber headliner and supporting trim
Eight-inch configurable instrument and driver information displays, offering four configurations ranging from elegantly simple to technologically detailed information
Three USB ports
Power-assist covered storage/cup holder in the center console
Fold-down rear seatbacks to accommodate longer items such as skis and golf clubs

Editors’ note: Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price excludes tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment. Includes dealer freight charges and option package discounts.

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Is this using the new Volt 2.0 underpinnings or is it still Gen 1?

This is stil1 gen 1 – 17.1 kWh battery, etc.

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Thanks for adding the spec sheet!

Gen 1 as it clearly states using the 1.4L engine and the Gen 2 uses a 1.5L.

In a few years when warranties expire, tuners will be able to easily upgrade Gen 1 Volts powertrains.

I sure as hell hope so.

It’s complete idiocy for GM to have gimped the original Voltec powertrain like this. The Volt would have been amazing if it had sub-7s 0-60 performance.

I thought the talked about not doing a 2016 MY?

Also why is this sort of a side note, pretty big news isnt it?

These changes were in motion long before he joined the company. Perhaps there won’t be a successor model after 2018, but until then it’s good. In the meantime, who knows, maybe something else changes too.

Yes Anton is on the ball. These changes are long planned upgrades to the ELR – by the looks of things, ones that were originally intended to debut much earlier given the multiple delays in the car’s debut,

The Caddy boss – Johan de Nysschen, has decided to end the ELR – after this lifecycle.

The R&D/tooling is paid for on this refresh, and the line is still up and running, so they are getting what value they can out of the back end.

If I would hazard a guess they are probably going to run off a whack of them (~2,000) then that will be it.

It will be interesting to see if the new ELR sells better, and if that will change the thinking at Cadillac regarding future PHEV plans. Also, the phrasing of Johan D.’s comments regarding a next gen ELR is curious: he says that Cadillac will not make a sexy 2-door coupe successor to the ELR. That opens the door (pun?) to a successor to the ELR that is -not- a 2 door coupe. What about a sexy 4/5 door? Prior to Bob Lutz’s departure from GM, GM was evaluating a 4 door variant of the Converj concept. Maybe we will see something like that in the future. This would also be consistent with GM’s statements regarding the ELR- that it would be a limited edition, low volume production.

In any event, I am pleased to see that the tone of the media greeting the 2016 ELR is positive.

I thought they were (wisely) killing the ELR too.

And stupid pictures of it parked but not plugged in.

My recollection at the time the 2014 ELR was announced was that it was a limited edition, low volume halo car. I don’t think there were any plans at that time to make it a mainstream nameplate.

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$10k less than Tesla Model S 70D. At least they’re not head to to head on price, drawing unflattering comparisons.

It’s a move in the right direction.

At $65k, I personally feel the ELR is still $20k overpriced.

I’d take the 70D in a heartbeat…..

Then why do you drive a Leaf?

Not sure why anyone compares the ELR to a Tesla. It’s a comparison of oranges and wrenches. I have friends who have Teslas and I’ll tell you that the ride and noise levels are not that great in a Tesla. My ELR is whisper quiet. Also, a buyer of a coupe’ is usually not a buyer of a sedan. I had 911 for fun and not a people hauler… No one complains that the backseat of a camaro is useless. Heck, the 911 has a back seat which is great for extra bags only. I like the idea of a Tesla, but I dont want a 5 passenger sedan. It’s not necessary for me. I bought the ELR at 55K brand new and I love the quality , the ride, and the extremely quiet cabin. FYI: there are huge differences between the Caddy and the Volt. I own both. Performance, options, looks, and interior styling etc. The new price puts the ELR in line with the rest of the Caddilac brand. I’m happy to see the ELR lives on …. Again, Tesla ‘S’ and the ELR are not the same car. GM has done a great job and they are… Read more »

Did the electric-only acceleration also increase? That isn’t clear to me.

That’s a good question, considering the specs indicate that the sport mode will utilize both the ICE and the battery for maximum performance. However, the ICE specs remain the same (same horsepower)- so the only thing left to feed the motor would be the battery.

True, except that they never really use all the available power from both sources in extended range mode (in the past). For example, we already know a single motor can take 110kW from the battery, when the engine is not on. When the engine is on, another 60kW could come from the engine using MGB, but this has never really been done before. I’ve seen a hack on YouTube that purports to do this with a Volt (with much faster acceleration, though it throws a check engine light). To me it is more likely that they are doing something like this, perhaps with 20-30kW from the engine, and the remainder from the battery, dipping further into the battery buffer to compensate. I’m only speculating though. Similarly, the battery should be able to provide as much as 160kW for at least 10 seconds if they want to use both motors, but I don’t know that the current generation Volt is setup to allow this (in fact, I think it isn’t). The other thing they could do is decrease the nanny software at the low end, for faster acceleration from a stop. This could increase the acceleration time in EV mode by… Read more »

It would not surprise me if your speculation is right (I am not an engineer though). My understanding is that most of the changes are software, although there are hardware updates as well to the system.

Well, these are all welcome changes. But I still think it is priced a good $10,000 too high.

I think $65,995 before the $7,500 tax credit is right. It is an exclusive car, yet there is now breathing room between it and the Model S (which it invariably is compared to). It drives very differently than the Volt (I’ve had my Volt for 3 years prior to the ELR), and I believe it is deserving a luxury premium pricing.

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On to the CT6 PHEV. Where battery? How much? Hold mode? ERDLT? Engine mating? Weight gain?

If they added 2 more doors and a little more room in the back seat, then maybe it could sell. They should just stick with the plan that was supposedly announced a few weeks ago and can this disaster. I just went to test drive one that’s being offered at $30k under sticker, just to solidify my thoughts that it’s still not worth the price.

That’s silly, it’s a 2 door coupe. If anything the rear seats should come out and become storage, because that’s what it is.

Good move by Cadillac to lower price and increase performance in this limited edition car. It bodes well for future PHEVs from Cadillac.

Still $10,000 too much.

Still a slug in EV mode.

Still using the Gen 1 Voltec.

Betcha a dollar there will be more fire sales of ELRs, regardless of model year.

There already is…. They are under $50k before rebates now.

$58,475 after incentives for the ELR or take home a Tesla Model S 70D AWD 240mile, 340hp sedan that start at $57,500(after incentives/gas savings).

Not quite, a Model S70 is about $80k before incentives with a few essential options. An ELR can be had for about $50k before incentives at the moment.

Not saying they are directly comparable, by a long shot. But they are $30k apart.

You can’t exactly pull the old Tesla roll “gas savings” into the purchase price trick against an ELR. It doesn’t work.

Here’s a glaring difference between tesla and others.

Major software updates to the 2016 elr will probably not find their way to the 14s.

Software updates for a 2015 model s are enjoyed by a 2013 owner too.

The ideal 2016 ELR (which wont get built) would be the same high style coupe body, with a Gen2 voltec drive and new battery, but with a 1.8 or 2.0 engine instead to give it some performance credibility. Maybe convert the rear seat into a storage bin.

Essentially a personal luxury EREV, which would be a nice alternative to the 4 door boxes loved by people with 5th seat obsessions.

I think we need to re-think the importance of the hardware. Unlike a conventional car, where performance is integrally tied to the displacement of the engine and ratios of the transmission, EV-types (including EREVs like the Volt and ELR) are more software driven. The motors are likely rated for very high HP/torque numbers. The question is only getting sufficient juice to them. That is why you won’t see a conventional car getting a 1/3 performance boost purely from software but you can get that on the 2016 ELR. So, I would argue the size of the battery and engine displacement is less relevant from a performance perspective (range is a different story though).

The engine does play an important role in a mixed mode drive train where both the motor and engine could contribute to propulsion.

Remember the Volt2 engine was increased in size to allow it to operate at lower speeds with lower NVH when providing propulsion, or hold/mountain mode, or even when charging.

It’s a similar situation to some of the European sports hybrids (i8, Panamera, Maclaren) where the engine is very busy when needed. And those are the cars Cadillac should be trying to run with.

A 250hp ICE with a 150hp motor would perk up the ELR quite a bit (although the voltec drive might not be able to handle that much). The CT6 is certainly heading in that direction, although the power train configuraton is not quite clear yet.

“Unlike a conventional car, where performance is integrally tied to the displacement of the engine and ratios of the transmission, EV-types are more software drive”

Never heard of chip tuning?

So, how much more for this mod sports pkg? Next, you have to wonder if the new Volt will offer a SS version? I’ll take more AER over ICE assisted power any day.

The improved performance really should have been part of the original car. I drove an ELR and while it was nice, it just wasn’t different enough from the Volt to warrant the extra cash. The 25 increase in torque would have gone a long way to reduce criticism, though it probably needed a bigger battery as well. Had GM originally released this car with the additional power and a 50 mile EV range the critics of the car would have been much less outspoken.

Price cut for the Spark EV yesterday, 10k price cut for the ’16 ELR…I think that bodes well for the pricing of the ’16 Volt (<$30k?).

A $27,499 stripper version of the Volt would make a huge splash. $19,999 after tax credit could make the media story of “Gen 2 Volt cost cut in half from Gen 1”.

That would be an awesome headline.

i like these new rims better than the old ones

ELR’s are in the high $40,000 range used right now

Paid $43k for mine new (after credits), so, $40k used is a little high.

Hey Loboc, it would be really sweet if you could somehow get those 2016 software updates!

You got a screamin’ deal on that ELR. It’s definitely worth that price and a tad more.

If you have to pay $66000 for a glorified Volt at least you should get a decent battery I think. 17.1 kWh isn’t much to brag about.

Well, that is one area where I’m not going to criticize it because if you look at the undersized batteries from Ford, Mercedes, Toyota, BMW, and other companies on their PHEVs, it is much better than them.

Is it just me, or does that top picture look like a scene right out of the movie Oblivion?

😀 Nice!

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meh, niche product…

2 more EV miles from the ELR gen-1, and only $10k less than Tesla Model S 70D @ 240 mile EV range? Uhhh, no thanks Cadillac.

The ELR is a flop. I feel sorry for the people that need to try to polish this turd. But at least they lowered the price and that will help.

Let the ELR die and start making Voltec based products that people actually want like CUVs, SUVs, mini-vans, etc.

@Speculawyer, I am a lawyer also, and when I went shopping for a personal coupe, the ELR caught my eye and never let it go 🙂

Well, I’m very happy for both you and for GM.

However, I just don’t see it as a big seller. Every day I see lots of LEAFs, Teslas, Fiat 500es, Volts, i3s, etc. But the ELR is pretty darn rare. It is just not popular with the main plug-in buying audience.

I am eagerly awaiting the GM Bolt. I hope it looks better than the concept they showed. I’m leaning more toward a Model 3 but the GM Bolt could convince me if they do a good job with it.

While it’s definitely not good from a commercial perspective for GM, I really enjoy having a car that almost no one else has. The ELR is a very good car. It was just overpriced and also an entry in the small coupe segment.

Agreed. There aren’t that many personal 2 door coupes around as it is, and the ELR is one that really does look attractive.

Its unfortunate GM didn’t evolve it to the place it needs to be.

Too little, too late, and the head of Cadillac already announced the ELR is being phased out.

As I said in response to an earlier article: Yeah, the ELR looks great sitting in your driveway. But most people are looking for more than just good looks in a car. In that long advertising copy, I see nothing indicating Cadillac addressed the problem of a rear seat too small for adults to sit in.

It’s a great car, really unrivaled. $66K is still just way too much for me to spend on a car.

Good News. Are GM’s dealers willing to sell this product or still they will tell the potential customer that it will not get its Return on Investment.

Don’t people get mad when manufacturers start selling at a huge price and then drop it later? It would burn me if I had paid for an early version to have it then sold at the used price.

You bet! Just take a gander at mycadillacelr.com and see that Patrick Wang’s passion for his ELR fizzled out pretty much when the price cuts pretty much devalued his ELR into Volt territory. In fact, his news stories stopped about six months ago. In the forums, owners feel ripped off by Cadillac.

Not exactly the taste you want to leave in your customer’s mouths.

Pass on this one. Uses Gen 1 Volt with premium gas. GM should have put Gen 2 Volt power train in this one.

GM still trying to call this a BEV with range extender – Not. It is a PHEV

For a few dollars more can have a Tesla – the gold standard of EVs

No- I think it is accurately described as a BEV with range extender (EREV). The other PHEVs out there are parallel hybrids, with full ICE/transmission powertrains along with battery/electric motors to help them along. The ELR and Volt do not have transmissions- only electric motors, and the ICE simply provides the shortfall in electricity when the battery is depleted. Although the ICE does on occasion blend motive power as well, the car will not work at all if you remove the electric motor, while traditional PHEVs can still operate on their ICE/transmission powertrains.

Those wheels a so ugly!!!! Ghetto Rims

When does the 2016 ELR go on sale/ orders taken?