Cadillac, an American luxury vehicle brand and owned by General Motors, had confirmed to launch a new extended-range electric car which will be based on the technology used in the Chevy Volt. Now, the company has revealed that the new car has been named the 2014 Cadillac ELR. The ELR will be the production version of 2009’s Converj concept car. This luxury car is expected to be revealed for the first time in production trim sometime next year.
The Cadillac ELR will be equipped with an electric drive unit, a 4-cylinder range-extender and a T-shaped lithium-ion battery. The ELR will also feature an electric propulsion system with a lithium-ion battery, an electric drive unit, and a 4-cylinder gas-powered electric generator. Electricity will be its primary source of energy with the range-extending generator, providing power when the battery is depleted.
The sharp lines and sleek profile will allow ELR to slip through the air with little resistance. It will feature the signature Cadillac styling with the jewel-like headlamps, dramatic grille and vertical LED tail lamps. The 4-seater ELR will offer a combination of electric propulsion with conspicuous design and the joy of luxury coupe driving. The ELR is supposed to be equipped with features like active engine mounts, increased sound-deadening materials and radar and camera based monitoring systems.
The curb weight of the coupe is expected to be about 3,900 pounds which is just 100 pounds heavier than the Chevrolet Volt. Also, a more powerful engine as compared to the Volt is also likely to be used. The engine may be displaced by a 1.8 liters engine. This may also allow faster charging of the ELR’s battery. Also, the battery should be more powerful than the Volt. For this, more prismatic lithium-ion cells may be added to the battery. The Cadillac ELR is estimated to be priced in the mid-$50k range.
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