2014 Cadillac ELR Preview

2014 Cadillac ELR Review
By Glen Woodcock, Toronto Sun
Cadillac is back as a brand to be reckoned with in the luxury/performance market. Last year it was the hot 2013 ATS sedan that won critical praise and coming next year is the stunning 2014 Cadillac ELR.
BMW and Mercedes-Benz don’t have anything like it, and neither do Jaguar, Lexus or Infiniti because ELR stands for Electric Long Range.
Based on the FWD Chevy Volt, ELR loses two useable rear seats for a 2+2 layout and gains a whole lot of panache.
Caddy publicists are having a field day in their prose used to extol ELR’s virtues: An interior whose elegant touches “may even exceed the comforts of home;” LED lighting “as exquisitely sketched as any jewel;” hidden door handles that “give the wind little to hold on to.”
Thing is, this isn’t overkill in the case of ELR – a beautifully sculpted wedge that sits low and wide on big 20-inch tires. The nuts and bolts speak volumes for themselves.
The powertrain makes 207 hp and 295 lb.-ft. of torque and is based on Volt’s electric drive system. There is no range anxiety with this EV because it derives power from a 1.4L 4-cylinder gasoline engine when the lightweight 16.5 kWh lithium-ion battery runs out of juice after about 57 km.
ELR can be recharged in 4.5 hours using a 240-volt outlet, or in 12 hours with a standard 110-volt outlet.
The 2+2 cabin is a blend of high technology and a luxury car’s traditional use of soft leather, aluminum and burled wood trim, with every convenience feature Cadillac engineers and designers could squeeze in.
The 2014 ELR will be built in limited numbers, for a limited time, on the same assembly line that produces Volts in Hamtramck, Mich. and will go on sale next winter. There are rumours the car’s price  – originally predicted to be under $58,000 in the U.S. – may end up being north of $70,000.
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