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2014 Cadillac ELR

Hybrid Coupe (EV Mode)1.4L I-4 + Elec 16.5-kWhFWD1A9.0 sec17.0 sec @ 84 mph31/35/37 MPGeCar and Driver
Hybrid Coupe1.4L I-4 + Elec 16.5-kWhFWD1A8.1 sec16.5 sec @ 87 mph31/35/37 MPGeCar and Driver
Hybrid Coupe1.4L I-4 + Elec 16.5-kWhFWD1A7.3 sec15.8 sec @ 91.9 mph31/35/---- MPGeMotor Trend
Hybrid Coupe1.4L I-4 + Elec 16.5-kWhFWD1A7.8 sec16.2 sec @ 87 mph31/35/---- MPGeMotor Trend
Hybrid Coupe1.4L I-4 + Elec 16.5-kWhFWD1A8.3 sec16.5 sec @ 87 mph31/35/76.2 MPGeMotor Week

About Cadillac ELR

The Cadillac ELR is the product of unrestricted creative imagination and inspiration. This car is regarded as the embodiment of uncompromising luxury in a hybrid car. Voted as the “Best Production Vehicle” in 2013 by the Eyes of Design Awards, the ELR is the rich counterpart of the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid. It uses the same basic technology of the Volt, but racked up its amenities and conveniences to create a luxury coupe.

This car, like its smaller brother, also gets its power from the wall outlet and can run for at least 35 miles per charge. It has a help meet in the form of a small 84 horsepower engine to supply back-up power for longer trips. Are you looking for a luxurious looking hybrid car? The ELR might be the one you’re searching for.

Short History of the Cadillac ELR

Cadillac ELR 0-60General Motors introduced the Cadillac ELR as a concept car at the North American International Auto Show in 2009. It was called then as the Cadillac Converj. Four years later, the production model was unveiled at the same venue.

Before its public unveiling, GM denied that it has approved its production. The car manufacturer said that it is just undertaking a review of the concept vehicle. There were conflicting reports with one respectable paper stating the GM’s chairman wanted the concept to go to production.

By 2012, the issue was somewhat settled when the Green Car Journal chose the Cadillac ELR as one of the five finalists in the Green Car Vision Awards. A year later, ELR production runs started.

Specs

If you are interested in this car, here are some of its most important specifications you need to know.

  • Powertrain: Gas/Electric, 1.4L Internal Combustion Engine /85.3 Electric drive, Lithium-ion (16.5-kWh) propulsion battery, Rechargeable Energy Storage System 83 hp. @ 4800, 295 lb.-ft. torque
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Steering: Power steering, Speed-sensing steering
  • Drive train: Front wheel drive
  • Brakes: 4 wheel disc brakes, ABS brakes, Brake assist
  • Suspension: Adaptive suspension, Front wheel independent suspension, Sport suspension

Fuel Efficiency and Performance

Having two sources of power, the ELR enjoys the best of both worlds. As such, it can reach a maximum distance of 340 miles with a full tank, and a fully charged battery.

If you will drive using the gasoline engine only, you can get 37 miles per gallon combined city and highway driving. This figure makes the Cadillac ELR one of the most fuel efficient cars in its class.

With regards to its Lithium Ion battery, you will need at least 7 hours to recharge it using a 120-volt wall outlet. If you use a 240-volt electric source, you can cut the recharging time to about half, or 4.5 hours at most.

But with the addition of approximately 200 pounds to its overall weight (because of the electrical system), this car becomes the slowest in its class, even slower than its cousin Volt.

As far as acceleration is concerned, the ELR is not as fast as you would want it to be. It will take the Cadillac ELR 7.8-8.3 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour using its gasoline engine. By using just its electric motor, it will take the car 9 seconds to reach 60 mph from true stop.

If you fully floor the pedal, the car can reach a maximum speed of 106 miles per hour. Compared to other cars in its class, this is slow.

Safety

If you consider the standard safety issues of the Cadillac ELR, you will realize that GM put a premium on the car’s safety on the road.

The ELR has a full complement of the require airbags. These include dual-stage frontal, side-impact and knee for driver and front passenger and roof-rail side impact for front and rear outboard seating positions.

Other safety standard issues are Forward Collision Alert with sensor indicator, Front Park Assist with sensor indicator, Rear Park Assist with sensor indicator, and Rear Vision Camera and Tire Pressure Monitor System.

In addition, the ELR also has a Lane Departure warning with sensor indicator and a Pedestrian safety signal driver activated horn chirp using turn signal lever.

There are no crash test results from either the NHTSA or the IIHS for the current model of the ELR, although their ratings for its predecessors are generally good.

Comfort and Quality

Being a luxury car, you can expect the ELR to give the utmost in comfort and luxury for its class. There is enough room to make four passengers comfortable inside the ELR’s cabin.

The items inside the cabin are made from premium grade materials such as carbon fiber, high quality wood trim, and microfiber. Front and passenger seats are generously upholstered with suede leather making them very comfortable to sit on.

To read more about Cadillac ELR, visit the official Cadillac website.

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