2014 Cadillac ELR Plug-in Hybrid Turns Heads
The new 2014 Cadillac ELR Plug-In Hybrid has been attracting a lot of attention. This luxury car is changing the perception of what a hybrid is supposed to look like, and consumers are responding. Cadillac’s history of giant land cruisers is in the past as vehicles like the ELR are making their way into the spotlight.
The ELR isn’t like the hybrids we’ve been seeing on the road in the past few years. Cadillac has debuted the original version of the ELR in a concept vehicle called the Converj. Most if not all concepts do have changes and or alterations when they are put into production. However the ELR has remained quite close to its original design, which is flat out stunning, and a true embodiment of Cadillac’s “arts and science” aspirations.
The ELR was revealed last year at the North American Auto Show to great anticipation and will be available in limited numbers this year. The exterior is almost futuristic with smooth curves, striking lines, and little details like hidden door handles and aerodynamic grille shutters. The interior is exactly what you would expect Cadillac to bring to the table with exotic dark woods, carbon fiber, chrome, and of course premium leather. The ELR driver’s seat offers 20 different ways to make you comfortable, and if that’s not enough, auto heated seats should seal the deal.
Technology is front and center with the Cadillac User Experience, better known as CUE system. CUE lets driver access contacts, music, and other information with the touch of a screen. The system has even been given ELR-specific enhancements allowing drivers to monitor power, charging status and more.
The Cadillac ELR is powered by an onboard gas powered generator that produces electricity. The motor can power the vehicle for about 35 miles then switches into the hybrid gas-electric mode. It has a charge time of 5 hours at 240V and 12.5-18 hours at 120V which can give on average about 340 miles.
“ELR is an unprecedented combination of luxury, advanced engineering and progressive design in a coupe that is both sporty and environmentally friendly,” said Cadillac’s global vice president Bob Ferguson. With a hefty starting price of 76k the new 2014 Cadillac ELR is still 20k less expensive that its closest luxury hybrid segment competitor.