2014 Cadillac ELR From Rear

2014 Cadillac ELR From Rear

Today at the NAIAS in Detroit, Cadillac has revealed the highly anticipated ELR couple, and what it calls the "first application of Extended Range Electric Vehicle technology by a full-line luxury automotive brand".

Cadillac Rolls Out The 2014 ELR At The NAIAS (photo via wptv.com)

Cadillac Rolls Out The 2014 ELR At The NAIAS (photo via wptv.com)

“ELR is an unprecedented combination of luxury, advanced engineering and progressive design in a coupe that is both sporty and environmentally friendly,” said Bob Ferguson, Cadillac global vice president. “This is a pivotal moment in Cadillac’s history, as we continue our product-driven expansion.

Cadillac says that the ELR will get a combined (more than) 300 miles of range between plug-in electricity and its internal combustion engine.  Interestingly the 2013 Chevrolet Volt (which shares the Caddy's platform and powertrain) achieves an officially rated range of 380 miles by the EPA (38 miles electric, 342 ICE).

The ELR is rated at 207 horsepower (154 kW) and 295 lb-ft of torque, while weighing in at 4,070lbs.   The vehicle uses the same 1.4-liter gasoline engine as the Volt as a range-extender, as well as the same 16.5 kWh lithium battery.  Total electric-only range for the car is estimated at 35 miles.


Update:  All the specifications attached below article

As well, no pricing has yet been offered.  However, it appears the car will be priced at the extreme high end of expectations, as GM is specifically noting the car as a limited run.

"ELR marks a fresh, even surprising new dimension of Cadillac,” Ferguson said. “An additional aspect of ELR’s appeal to will be exclusivity. It will be a specialized offering produced in limited numbers.”

The Cadillac ELR Uses The Same Electric Vehicle Tech As The Chevrolet Volt

The Cadillac ELR Uses The Same Electric Vehicle Tech As The Chevrolet Volt


2014 Cadillac ELR Interior 2

2014 Cadillac ELR Interior 2

Additional vehicle highlights include:

  • Enhanced AT-PZEV emissions meet California’s criteria for single-occupancy access to high occupancy vehicle lanes

  • Light-emitting diode (LED) headlamps, daytime running lamps and taillamps, as well as signature front and rear lighting elements
  • Twenty-inch wheels paired with tires designed to balance responsive handling and a comfortable ride with efficiency
  • Interior design featuring cut-and-sew accented leather  incorporating sueded microfiber, chrome, wood and available carbon fiber finishes throughout
  • Cadillac CUE with Navigation is standard. CUE is Cadillac’s breakthrough system for connectivity and control, using Natural Voice Recognition, capacitive touch and hand gestures used on smart phones and tablets
  • Programmable charging schedules and downloadable energy efficiency reports available online and through smartphone notification charging alerts

  • Cadillac’s advanced active safety features, including Safety Alert Seat, Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning, along with available Side Blind Zone Alert with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and full-speed-range adaptive cruise control
  • Advanced chassis and suspension systems, including HiPer Strut front suspension, compound-crank with Watts link rear suspension and Continuous Damping Control, which adjusts damping every two milliseconds for optimal ride and handling in all conditions
  • Standard premium Bose 10-channel audio system with active noise cancellation.

2014 Cadillac ELR

2014 Cadillac ELR

Some features highlighted by Cadillac:

  • 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 holder in the center console
  • Fold-down rear seat backs accommodate longer items, including multiple sets of golf clubs
  • LED-powered accent lighting in the instrument panel and doors
  • Available Opus semi-aniline leather seating.
Driving Experience:
  • Wide front and rear tracks – 62.1 inches (1,578 mm) in front  and 62.4 inches (1,585 mm) in the rear – along with a long wheelbase (106.1 inches / 2,695 mm) and a low center of gravity
  • 20" wheelts
  • HiPer Strut front suspension featuring lightweight forged aluminum components for reduced weight and more nimble, responsive action
  • Dual-pinion, rack-mounted electric power steering system with premium ZF steering gear designed to provide excellent feedback while helping to save fuel
  • A semi-independent rear compound-crank suspension with Watts link that incorporates weight-optimized trailing arms to absorb lateral forces, allowing the suspension to be tuned to handle vertical, forward and rearward motions
  • Hydraulic ride bushings in the front and rear suspensions
  • An electro-hydraulic regenerative brake system that captures energy and sends it to the battery pack
  • Standard chassis control systems include antilock brakes, traction control and StabiliTrak electronic stability control.
General Motors will being production of the Cadillac ELR at their Hamtramck facility (where the Volt is currently assembled) in late 2013, with deliveries beginning in early 2014.

More photos can be found here, or read GM's official press release here.


Model: 2014 Cadillac ELR
Body style / driveline: front-wheel-drive, two-door coupe extended-range electric vehicle
Construction: single body-frame-integral (unibody) with front and rear crumple zones; galvanized steel front fenders; roof, door panels; aluminum hood; one-piece bodyside outer panel; thermal plastic olefin (TPO) bumper fascias
EPA vehicle class: compact car
Manufacturing location: Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly, Hamtramck, Mich.
Battery manufacturing location: Brownstown Township , Mich.


Battery system

Type: rechargeable energy storage system comprising multiple linked modules
Size/case: 5.5-foot-long T-shaped; glass-filled polyester structural composite with aluminum thermal radiation shield and steel tray
Mass (lb / kg): 435 / 198
Battery chemistry: lithium-ion
Thermal system: liquid active thermal control
Cells: 288 prismatic
Combined electric/extended driving range (miles / km): More than300 / 480
Warranty: eight years / 100,000 miles
Energy: 16.5-kWh


Onboard gas-powered electric generator

Type: 1.4L DOHC I-4
Displacement (cu in / cc): 85.3 / 1398
Bore & stroke (in / mm): 2.89 x 3.25 / 73.4 x 82.6
Block material: cast iron
Cylinder head material: cast aluminum
Valvetrain: overhead camshafts; four valves per cylinder, continuously variable intake and exhaust cam phaser
Ignition system: Individual coil-on-plug – cassette type
Fuel delivery: sequential multi-port fuel injectors with electronic throttle control
Compression ratio: 10.5:1
Output (kW / hp @ rpm): 63 / 84 @ 4800
Max engine speed (rpm): 4800
Emissions controls: close-coupled catalytic converters; 58x ignition system; returnless fuel rail; fast light-off O2 sensor
Fuel type: premium required
EPA-estimated fuel economy: TBD


Electric drive

Type: electric, two-wheel, front-drive
Motors (two); drive motor, 117-135 kW; generator motor, 55 kW
Transaxle: Voltec electric drive system
Power (kW / hp): 154 / 207 (total system power)
Torque: (lb-ft / Nm): 295 / 400


Charging times

120 V (travel charger): about 12hours (actual charge times may vary)
240 V (charging station): about 4.5 hours (actual charge times may vary)



0-60 mph: TBA
Top speed (mph): 100
EV range (combined city/hwy): about 35 miles (56 km)
EV / Extended range: More than 300 miles / 480 km, including EV on fully charged battery and full tank of fuel (est.)


Chassis /Suspension

Front: HiPer Strut with continuously variable real-time damping and driver-selectable modes, specially tuned coil springs with side load compensation, direct-acting hollow stabilizer bar, hydraulic ride bushings
Rear: specially adapted compound crank (torsion beam) with Watts link; double-walled, U-shaped profile at the rear; specifically tuned coil springs, hydraulic bushings; shocks with continuously variable real-time damping and driver-selectable modes
Chassis control: four-channel ABS; all-speed traction control; StabiliTrak; drag control
Steering type: rack-mounted electric power steering with ZF steering gear
Steering wheel turns, lock-to-lock: 2.5
Turning circle, curb-to-curb (ft / m): 38.4 / 11.7
Steering ratio: 15.36



Type: power four-wheel vented disc with ABS; electro-hydraulic; fully regenerative to maximize energy capture; dynamic rear brake proportioning
Brake rotor diameter front (in / mm): 12.6 / 321; vented, single 60mm front / rear piston w/ steel body caliper
Brake rotor diameter rear (in / mm): 12 / 292; solid; steel body caliper with single 38mm piston
Total swept area (cu cm): front: 523rear: 325


Wheels / Tires

Wheel size and type: 20 x 8.5-inch cast aluminum
Tires: 245/40R20 all-season


Dimensions - Exterior

Wheelbase (in / mm): 106.1 / 2695
Overall length (in / mm): 186 / 4724
Overall width (in / mm): 72.7 / 1847
Track width front (in / mm): 62.1 / 1578
Track width rear (in / mm): 62.4 / 1585
Height (in / mm): 55.9 / 1420


Dimensions - Interior

Seating capacity (front / rear): 2 / 2
Headroom (in / mm): front: 36.9 / 938rear: 34.7 / 882
Shoulder room (in / mm): front: 55.2 / 1403rear: 49.9 / 1268
Hip room (in / mm): front: 52.9 / 1344rear: 48.6 / 1234
Legroom (in / mm): front: 42.2 / 1071rear: 33.6 / 853
Cargo volume (cu ft / L): 9 / 255 (est.)



Curb weight (lb / kg); 4070 / 1846
Generator cooling (qt / L): 7.7 / 7.3
Battery pack cooling (qt / L): 6.2 / 5.8
Power electronics cooling (qt / L): 3 / 2.8
Fuel tank (gal / L): 9.3 / 35.2
Engine oil w/ filter (qt / L): 3.7 / 3.5
Drive unit fluid (qt / L): 8.93 / 8.45
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