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The Detroit Auto Show played host to the unveiling of Cadillac's all-new ELR model, featuring the latest 'Extended Range Electric Vehicle' technology. With the ELR Cadillac claims that it is the first all-luxury brand to adopt this technology.
The design of the ELR is very close to the Cadillac Converj concept revealed in 2009. The change towards the 'Art and Science' design philosophy is set to continue in Cadillac's future models, too. The forward-leaning profile of the ELR gives it a purposeful stance; while the large grille and vertical head- and taillights make the Cadillac instantly recognisable. Aerodynamics also played a role in the ELR's design, as the styling creases help to move air cleanly around the car, resulting in a drag coefficient of 0.305. Alloy wheels 20-inch in diameter sit at each corner, shod in low rolling resistance tyres to aid the ELR's range.
Cadillac has also been to work on the inside; bathing the ELR in leather, suede, wood and chrome. On the dashboard you'll find Cadillac's CUE system featuring satellite navigation, operated via an eight-inch touchscreen. This can also provide drivers with information about range, efficiency and charging options. Behind the electrically operated screen lies a hidden storage compartment complete with USB connectivity. The centre console houses an electrically operated covered storage area, too.
The heart of the ELR is the combination of an electric motor backed up by a 1.4-litre petrol engine. Total power output is said to be a useful 204hp and 400Nm of torque. Cadillac says that the car's overall range is over 300 miles and that the 16.5kWh battery pack should give the ELR a theoretical range of 35 miles on electric power alone. As well as the low rolling resistance tyres the ELR features an electro-hydraulic regenerative braking system to send energy back to the battery. A full charge can take as little at 4.5 hours from a 240V socket.
Whilst the Cadillac ELR has been confirmed for US markets, we don't know as yet whether we will get it here in the UK. Production of the ELR will begin later this year, with first deliveries expected early 2014. The price has yet to be announced.
James Giddings - 15 Jan 2013