2014 Cadillac ELR Shines Among Electric Market
The new Cadillac ELR is everything promised and more. Uncompromised by any concession to practicality, the ELR is angular, sleek, and aggressive. To date this is the most ambitious application of Cadillac’s “Art & Science” design theme.
Stunningly sculptural on the outside the ELR conceals its platform based upon the Chevrolet Volt. The new Caddy runs virtually on electricity all the time and has a conventional internal-combustion engine aboard that churns a generator to keep the vehicle’s battery charged. This means savings for owners as the ELR is similar to the Volt in that it is eligible for the federal tax credit up to $7500. The ELR sits lower than the volt and is a more tapered ride. The interior reads all luxury with hand stitched leather, rich wood, brushed metal and micro-fiber headliners.
The new ELT is based on the concept car Converj and is arguably an improvement on its inspiration. Adjustments to the ELT have improved the vehicle reducing bulk, streamlining features, and creating a drama that is mesmerizingly beautiful.
Under the hood the ELR shares more similarities with the Volt. The same mechanical technology gives additional power to the new ELR with the electric drive motor. The vehicles 1.4-liter four cylinder engine powers out with 207 horsepower and 295 lbs. of torque. As with the Volt the ELR has the ability to be tailored to the driver by selecting one of the four driving modes available including Factory-default Tour mode which balances economy and comfort, Sport mode increases suspension, Mountain mode relies more on gas than electric to hold speed, and Hold mode allows the battery to be reserved for electric operation only.
In short the ELR delivers style, innovation, and a new experience for the consumer who has been searching for a luxury option in the plug-in market. To learn more about the new ELR, stop in to Arnie Bauer in Matteson, IL.
Source: Car and Driver