Cadillac has begun shipping their new 2014 ELR electric luxury vehicle to dealers just in time for customers wanting one for a very special Christmas gift that uniquely combines style, luxury and technology with the latest in hybrid power train efficiency and economy from Cadillac.
Referred to as 'art in automotive form' on their website, Cadillac says the 2014 ELR luxury coupe is the first application of Extended Range Electric Vehicle (EREV) technology by a full-line luxury automotive brand.
The first Cadillac ELR Coupes loaded out from the legendary General Motors’ Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant on Dec. 16 under the able direction of, what appeared to be, Santa Claus as shown in the pictures provided by Cadillac.
The event marked the return of Cadillac production at Detroit-Hamtramck after a two-year hiatus. The last luxury Cadillac to be built there was the DTS large sedan from 2006 to 2011. Built for Cadillac production, Hamtramck first produced the Cadillac Eldorado, which came off the end of the line on Feb. 4, 1985.
The new 2014 ELR integrates elements of an earlier Converj Concept vehicle with the dramatic designs and styling cues of their current luxury coupes - CTS and CTS V - combining them with their industry-leading EREV hybrid technology to deliver a driving experience that is both sporty and environmentally efficient says Cadillac.
The ELR is a hybrid vehicle much like the Chevrolet Volt and uses similar GM technology with some special tuning and enhancements to meet the needs of the larger and more luxurious Cadillac ELR.
A pure electric drive and an efficient, range-extending 1.4L gasoline-powered electric generator capable of 154 kW (207 hp) produce a whopping 295 lb.-ft. of direct drive torque from the power train.
The ELR’s EREV driving technology is enhanced with exclusive Regen on Demand and selectable drive modes that make the most of the technology efficiency.
Regen on Demand allows the driver to temporarily regenerate energy from the ELR’s momentum into electricity that can be stored in the battery pack for later use. It is engaged via steering-wheel paddles adapted from traditional performance cars.
The ELR’s four drive modes are Tour, Sport, Mountain and Hold.
Tour is the default setting for that optimizes the ELR power train and technology for best efficiency and economy. Sport automatically reconfigures accelerator pedal response to provide quicker torque application and more sensitive feedback to driver inputs through altered suspension and steering settings. Mountain automatically adjusts the system to provide needed power in mountainous environments when vehicle performance could otherwise be compromised and Hold allows the driver to direct when the ELR uses its gas-powered electric generator, reserving the remaining battery charge for later use.
The battery power cells have a fully charged range of 37 miles with the electric-power generator providing up to another 340 miles of range.
Charging of the ELR can be accomplished in about five hours with a 240V connection and 12-18 hours from a 120V circuit.
The all new 2014 Cadillac ELR Coupe has a base MSRP of $75,995 and comes exceedingly well equipped with most all of the luxury (like Soleil Keisel Leather-appointed seats) and technology (including Cadillac CUE) you might expect from a fine luxury vehicle.
However, you will have to add a couple of option packages to your ELR to fully complete it as the high end luxury vehicle it should be.
The Luxury Package for $1,695 will add 20" x 8.5" ultra-bright, machined aluminum wheels with Midnight Silver premium painted pockets, IntelliBeam headlamps, Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.
You will want to also include the Full-speed range Adaptive Cruise Control package for $1,995 that includes the Adaptive Cruise Control (which slows or accelerates the vehicle to maintain the pre-selected distance) and the Safety Alert Seating that alerts the driver to impending risks of collision.
The ELR comes in three standard colors: Black Raven, Radiant Silver Metallic, Graphite Metallic. If you want the very hot (and Christmas-like) Crystal Red Tint-coat - it is another $995.
The price as we would equip it (yes, with the Crystal Red Tint-coat) would be $81,675 plus delivery.
Cadillac is expecting that there will be approval of some level of tax credit ($0 - $7,500) certification for the Cadillac ELR, but no certification information is available as yet.