2014 Cadillac ELR Priced Above Tesla Model S at $76,000

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2014 Cadillac ELR Priced Above Tesla Model S at $76,000

Cadillac’s version of the Chevrolet Volt will go on sale next January, but dealers might have a hard time convincing people to buy them.

The brand announced today that pricing will start at $75,995 including delivery and without any tax incentives. A maximum $7,500 tax credit can serve to soften that blow, but not by very much.

Essentially a sportier and more luxurious version of the Volt, the car comes with a 1.4-liter range-extending gasoline engine just like its much less expensive sibling. For perspective, Chevrolet will sell you two Volts with change to spare before Cadillac will part with one ELR. Even the Tesla Model S is cheaper with a $71,070 base price also excluding federal incentives.

Adding to the insanity, the only vehicles in Cadillac’s entire lineup that cost more than the base ELR are a loaded CTS-V Wagon and members of the Escalade family. Even then, the flagship SUV carries a lower starting price than the ELR. Even the Escalade Hybrid carries a starting MSRP roughly $500 lower.

SEE ALSO: 2014 Chevy Volt Price Drops $5,000

Depending on terrain, the ELR is supposed to be capable of driving up to 32 miles on electric power alone, and up over 300 miles with its range extender in use.

“The ELR is a unique blend of dramatic design with electric vehicle technology capable of total range in excess of 300 miles,” said Bob Ferguson, senior vice president Global Cadillac. “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.”

Chevrolet’s Volt sales saw sharp declines soon after Nissan slashed the price of its Leaf electric car, ultimately prompting GM to chop $5,000 from the Volt, which now starts just under $35,000. Features unique to the ELR include innovations like full LED exterior lighting and a Watt’s link rear suspension, a slightly improved 295 lb-ft of torque (up 22 over the Volt). It also comes with wood grain cabin inserts leather and chrome inserts in the cabin as well as Cadillac’s CUE infotainment system.

In a press release this summer the company promised the ELR will have the “agile handling and superior ride that Cadillac customers have come to expect.”

GALLERY: 2014 Cadillac ELR

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  • Danielus

    They should have priced the base model between 65 000 – 68 000

  • Tesla4tehwin

    Why? Anything over 55K on this vehicle makes no sense whatsoever.

  • Danielus

    I would agree with you if it was a normal cadillac coupe, but I think this drivetrain is worth a bit more. And 65K for this wouldn’t be bad, imagine a Tesla coupe for 65K, admit you would find it reasonable? But I dont, everybody is different and have different taste, its pretty simple really, I like their way :)

  • Tito Puentes2

    Well … I was holding out frontier ELR… Looks like I’m buying the at Tesla S. The resale value is guaranteed as apprised to the electric Caddy

  • Honest Abe

    We’ll see how long that Elon Musk lie holds out

  • david sherill

    chump eats turds. google these three words to learn more – raleigh boyz hoax.

  • smartacus

    Cadillac are out of their minds!!! Even VW XL1 will be $100,000. $76,000 is too low.

  • Robby G

    So…. they want $76k for a Chevy Cruze coupe that isn’t even going to be fast?

  • Tesla4tehwin

    Ug, GM is seriously deluded. This car was appealing at 50K, at 75K it’s just stupid. Has Cadillac not HEARD of Tesla? Has Cadillac not DRIVEN a Tesla? This is a joke, right?

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