2014 Cadillac ELR Officially Unveiled at 2013 Detroit Auto Show


The Cadillac of Chevy Volts has finally ditched the camo and suspense, and made its official debut today at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.

Those looking for a more luxurious and stylish extended range electric vehicle will certainly be pleased with what Cadillac has to offer with the 2014 ELR. Looking very much like the Converj concept before it, the ELR is a low-compromise electric coupe, providing a total of 300 miles of range using the same 1.4L on-board gas-powered electric generator providing extra range to an electric motor that puts out more power than the Volt.

The ELR’s 207-hp and 295 lbs-ft output from its electric motor trumps the Volt’s output by 58-hp and 22-lbs-ft of torque. While that’s a nice boost in power, the overall range is down from the Volt’s by 3 miles in all electric mode and the ELR will got 82 miles further overall.

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While that loss of range likely comes as a result of the more powerful electric motor, the additional weight of the ELR is also a likely culprit.

The ELR is shorter, although the interior space isn’t affected too much. Front passengers will love the gorgeous leather wood and carbon fiber surfaces. Cadillac’s CUE infotainment system is also here, and the gauge cluster looks to be as customize-able as the Cadillac XTS. There’s also a standard Bose audio system with active noise cancellation, which features 10 speakers.

A few important features help set the ELR from its Volt cousin, including a function called Regen-on-demand, which allows the driver to use steering-wheel mounted paddle-shifters to initiate regenerative braking. Another important feature is Continuous Damping Control, which will allow the ELR to feel smooth and comfortable even with those big 20-inch rims.

The ELR features a battery that is .5 kWh bigger than the Volt’s, and takes slightly longer than the Chevy to charge up. Charge time with a 120v charger is about 12 hours, while with a 240v charger a full charge will occur in four and a half hours. Like the Volt, owners can schedule charges via the OnStar RemoteLink smartphone app.

There are sure to be minute differences between the driving dynamics of the Volt and the ELR, thanks the Cadillac will likely be more enjoyable to drive thanks to a sportier engine, fancier suspension and tighter steering.

The ELR also uses a suite of safety tech, including the vibrating Safety alert seat, forward collision alert and lane departure warning. Also expect available side blind zone alert with rear cross-traffic alert and full-speed-range adaptive cruise control.

The ELR will go into production near the end of 2013, with sales starting in 2014. Cadillac mentioned that China and Europe are expected to get the ELR as well North American markets.

GALLERY: 2014 Cadillac ELR at Detroit

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GALLERY: 2014 Cadillac ELR


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Gordo says:

This is another impressive move by the Cadillac Team to put this mark back on it’s world class mission. First the ATS and now the ELR make outstanding progress in Cadillacs line-up. Is there any possibility we will see a convertible from either the ATS or ELR?

Jeremyb634 says:

My volt 2 days ago after all recalls done on it hd a electrical fire in battery box boiled smoke for over 45 min raced engine wide open used 65% of oil use in 2 miles blue transmission and motor oil every where
We dont know what happened official response from dealer

jamen says:

I really don’t believe you…

Katcve2 says:

Please take a moment and think before you type. Your post makes no sense. Do you treat your car with as little respect as you treat the English language?

naturalgas says:

How is it? That a guy like that who can’t put a sentence together has a drivers license. Never mind driving a Chevy Volt. 

Nemocomputers says:

Loser…you know how idiotic you sound. Lol

Ronkjunk says:

 Volt does NOT have a transmission

Gordo says:

How is this a “reply” to my statement? 
Anyway your story sounds so catastrophic that it would have made the News. Ron mentioned that the Volt doesn’t have a transmission.
Are you maybe related to a certain Notre Dame Football player?

Daniel Watkins says:

Atkinson cycle engine? Probably not since it only has a 300 mile total range. 207HP electric motor(s(net)) = 154.4 KW versus the 110KW of the Volt, so 40.3% more power

Ralph Lasley says:

The 110 kW figure is the main drive motor of the Volt, the 207 HP figure is the ELR’s combined power output, which includes the partial contribution of the ICE at highway speeds, so that isn’t a good comparison.  The press release says the ELR’s main motor is 117-135 kW (don’t ask me why there’s a range).

Daniel Watkins says:

Your right, the autoguide article has a press release link and it says just that.
I wonder if this means that the power of the engine + the power of the electric motors is just available in extended-range mode, or even if the battery if fully charged and you floor it, if the engine will turn on and connect to the wheels directly and help out? The Volt doesn’t do this, engine is only on when the battery is low and I’m not sure if it’s more powerful than when in battery only mode.
If the ELR doesn’t do this either then it isn’t really the truth because 117-135KW is sometimes only available (when battery is charged)

danwat1234 says:

I’ve inquired on

We probably won’t find out for 9 months or so. Maybe 117KW is in eco or normal mode and 135KW is when in sport mode with battery fully charged and 154KW is with the system in battery sustain/charge mode and sport mode and so the engine can help provide more power to the wheels.

Gilcanyon says: