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Preview 2014 Cadillac ELR Extended Range Electric Vehicle

Preview 2014 Cadillac ELR extended range electric vehicle
 
By Viknesh Vijayenthiran, Motor Authority
Cadillac has released the first image of its upcoming 2014 ELR, an extended-range electric car with a similar powertrain to the Chevy Volt and a coupe bodystyle. The ELR can actually trace its roots back to the Converj concept car unveiled in 2009, which proved so popular it was almost immediately approved for production.
 
GM’s bankruptcy at the time put those plans on hold, but then in 2011 the Converj reappeared, this time labeled the ELR.
 
Like the Converj before it, the ELR was also a hit, and subsequently it too was almost immediately confirmed for production.
 
Since then, Cadillac has been tight with details, though this initial teaser image confirms that the production ELR will be keeping most of the concept’s striking design elements. We’ll have to wait until next month’s 2013 Detroit Auto Show to see the reveal.
 
Key design elements of the 2014 ELR are its raked profile and boomerang-style lights. Our own spy shots confirm that the ELR is similar in size to the Volt, though bigger wheels and the raked profile hint at the car’s sportiness.
 
Being a Cadillac, the ELR will obviously feature a much more luxurious interior and even more technological goodies. While this will add more weight to the platform, the higher pricetag of the ELR, estimated to be somewhere in the mid-$50k range, will mean Cadillac’s engineers will be able to employ more expensive lightweight materials to circumvent the issue.
 
A more powerful engine than the Volt’s 1.4-liter unit is also likely to be employed. The most likely will be a new four-cylinder engine developed by Opel and displacing about 1.8 liters. This should allow for faster charging of the ELR’s battery and stronger overall performance.
 
 
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