After a lot of waiting we are finally getting pretty much complete information’s about 2014 Cadillac ELR. This car uses same architecture like Chevrolet Volt but comes with significant improvements in the performances and technology that it offers.
In terms of styling, inside and out, the ELR hits the ball out of the park. A reduced, fast roofline is handsomely accented by the ELR’s strong shoulder line, while the position is extremely aggressive thanks to monstrous 20-inch wheels pushed out to the severe corners of the automobile.
All exterior lighting (and indoor lighting, for that matter) is by way of LED systems, with some beautiful cool detailing to be found the closer you look. The taillights are comprised of 2 LED strips, both of which light up during braking, while the outside-most aspect alone repeats when a turn is indicated. The sideview mirrors also carry LED indications, though the motorist’s side light functions as a state-of-charge meter when the ELR is plugged in.
2014 ELR Price
The brand-new Cadillac’s interior is every bit the measure of its exterior styling, and rather lavish. (It’s reasonable to point out that the interior prototype we saw was still not 100-percent approved for production, but we were told that it is very close.) The cockpit is as leather-bound as anything we’ve seen this side of a Bentley, with the ELR wearing cowhide in virtually every standard “soft-touch” area. Our tour guides were hot to point out that such normally forgotten-about places as the entire surround of the instrument panel, the horn pad and the door panels– all the way to the floor– have been leather-bound.
The in-cabin technology seems impressive, as well, with Cadillac’s CUE system running the show, a malleable digital instrument panel informing the driver of near-countless information and a 10-speaker Bose system with sound cancellation (in an electric vehicle!) providing the soundtrack. ELR even flaunts an industry-first (as far as we understand) “power-assisted” sliding cupholder cover … we children you not.
In terms of performance, the front-wheel-drive ELR is likely to be a bit subtler in its entertainment value than rear-drive fun devices like the Cadillac ATS and V Series vehicles. Total system output maxes at 207 horse power (154 kW) and 295 pound-feet of peak torque, which should offer adequate, if not stirring, get-up-and-go for the 4,070-pound coupe. Cadillac is claiming a far more enthusiastic driving character for the ELR, still, based a lot on a stiffer body structure, and a readily available sport program that modifies throttle response, steering effort and damper setups. The ELR likewise has a “Regen on Demand” feature where, by utilizing steering-wheel mounted paddles, the motorist can briefly enhance the regenerative braking level to mimic the result of a downshift– as if the ELR had a conventional transmission. Of course, the ELR is anything but traditional.
2014 Cadillac ELR Fuel Economy
The lithium-ion battery pack is improved (read: a bit lighter) versus the Volt’s system, though essentially the same, and the ELR has the same 1.4-liter gas engine for use as a range-extender. Total electric-only range for the automobile is approximated at 35 miles (the Volt gets 37); recharging takes about 12 hours on a 120v charger, and about 4.5 hours on a 240v charging station.
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