Cadillac ELR

Cadillac ELR


Cadillac ELR Price - Note: Destination Charge of $995 Not Included in This Price Announcement

Cadillac ELR Price - Note: Destination Charge of $995 Not Included in This Price Announcement

Today, General Motors announced pricing for the 2014 Cadillac ELR.

Awhile back we reported that the ELR was a limited-production vehicle and that it would be priced accordingly?

Accordingly here means that the 2014 ELR gets a base MSRP of $75,995 (before the $7,500 federal tax credit).

That's quite the mark up for what amounts to a decked-out, performance-tuned, upgraded Chevrolet Volt, but with less electric range.

The ELR is rated at 207 horsepower (154 kW) and 295 lb-ft of torque, while weighing in at 4,070 lbs.   The ELR makes use of 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 ELR is estimated at 35 miles.

Sales of the 2014 Cadillac ELR begin in January.

Per General Motors:

"Initial sales of the 2014 Cadillac ELR electrified luxury coupe will begin in January in all major U.S. metropolitan areas featuring provocative design and extended range electric vehicle technology."

"Designed for a new generation of technology-driven luxury buyers, the 2014 ELR has a starting price of $75,995, including a $995 destination charge but excluding tax, title, license and dealer fees. Upon IRS certification of an anticipated federal tax credit, purchasers may be eligible for a tax credit from $0 to $7,500 depending on individual tax liability.  Net pricing after tax credits could be as low as $68,495, including $995 destination."

Bob Ferguson, senior vice president global Cadillac, states:

“The ELR is a unique blend of dramatic design with electric vehicle technology capable of total range in excess of 300 miles.  ELR is also unique in that it will be offered nationwide within a luxury customer experience, with proven benefits and care extending from the shopping process all the way through the ownership experience.”

GM's Cadillac ELR pricing press release contains this additional info:

Cadillac Elr

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As with all Cadillac models, the ELR comes standard with Cadillac Shield, a comprehensive suite of owner benefits including Remote Vehicle Diagnostics, a Premium Care Maintenance program and 24/7 roadside assistance. For added peace of mind, the ELR also comes with an extended battery and propulsion warranty of eight years or100,000 miles, whichever comes first, and a four-year or 50,000-mile, whichever comes first, bumper-to-bumper limited warranty.

The ELR comes equipped with standard advanced technology features such as Cadillac CUE with Navigation accessible through a large, eight-inch, full-color capacitive-touch screen, light-emitting diode, or  LED, front and rear exterior lighting, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert, the Safety Alert Seat and the exclusive Regen on Demand™ feature, allowing the driver to temporarily regenerate energy from the vehicle’s momentum via steering-wheel paddles.

The ELR interior features handcrafted leather complemented by authentic wood grain and chrome trim.

Powering the ELR is a combination of pure electric drive and an efficient, range-extending 1.4L gasoline-powered electric generator. A T-shaped, 16.5 kWh lithium-ion battery pack is located along the centerline of the vehicle, between the front and rear wheels to make the most of weight distribution. The pack supplies energy to an advanced electric drive unit to propel the vehicle.

ELR is capable of a total driving range in excess of 300 miles. Using only the energy stored in the battery, ELR’s initial range is about 35 highway miles, or 82 MPGe, of electric driving, depending on terrain, driving techniques and ambient temperature. Official EPA estimates are not yet available.  

The ELR also offers unique driving features, including four driving modes – default Tour mode, the more-responsive Sport mode, a Mountain mode that maintains charge in hilly terrain and Hold mode, which allows drivers to select when to use battery power or the gas-powered generator.


Full ELR Specs Posted Below video of the Cadillac ELR at a preview event held last month (video by Jeff U'Ren):


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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