• Cadillac's dramatic luxury coupe with extended-range electric vehicle technology. (08/17/2011)
  • Cadillac's dramatic luxury coupe with extended-range electric vehicle technology. (08/17/2011)
  • Cadillac's dramatic luxury coupe with extended-range electric vehicle technology. (08/17/2011)
  • Cadillac's dramatic luxury coupe with extended-range electric vehicle technology. (08/17/2011)
  • Cadillac's dramatic luxury coupe with extended-range electric vehicle technology. (08/17/2011)
  • Cadillac's dramatic luxury coupe with extended-range electric vehicle technology. (08/17/2011)
Rumors about the 2014 model-year debut of the confirmed-for-production Cadillac ELR extended-range plug-in hybrid coupe got a little boost today following news out of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance that a production version of the ELR will be introduced there in 2013.

According to Left Lane News, the confirmation came at Pebble Beach from Cadillac marketing VP Don Butler, who also said that next-gen versions of the CTS and Escalade are coming next year.

As we already know, the plug-in powertrain in the ELR is an evolution of the one used in the Chevrolet Volt, with a longer electric-only range. After starting sales in North America, the ELR – which was first seen at the 2009 North American Auto Show in Detroit as the Converj concept – will likely go on sale in Europe and China. It should cost less than $57,400.


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      Smith Jim
      • 3 Years Ago
      There's only two words for this news: Totally bitchin'.
      MTN RANGER
      • 3 Years Ago
      Only 12 months to go. Quite a wait, unfortunately.
      nitrostreet
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would guess that it would be lighter than the Volt which would automatically make it faster, although I would also vote for the AWD, hope they keep the styling the same.
        BipDBo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @nitrostreet
        What makes you think it will be lighter? Cadillacs aren't known for being dainty.
      Spec
      • 3 Years Ago
      Spread that NRE out, GM. Good job. And advancements made with any of these cars will help the entire Voltec line.
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 3 Years Ago
      I approve! Tesla's finally got some real competition in front of them now.. !
        Chris M
        • 3 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        More like Fisker has competition, this will be a major competitor to the Karma - similar specs, but at a much lower price.
          BipDBo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Chris M
          Fisker's best competition is made by "Starterlogg."
      Nick
      • 3 Years Ago
      Any idea on how much EV range it will have? 60 miles? 80? 100? I can't wait to see this car, and if the price is not absurdly higher than the Volt, ($60k..) then it could be a home run.
        PeterScott
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Nick
        I would be surprised if it is even 50 miles EPA. The point of EREVs is to minimize battery size/cost. Since 90% of daily driving is covered in 40 miles, even that has reached the point of diminishing returns. 60 miles AER would add hundreds of pounds to the car for range that is seldom called upon, to detriment of cost, efficiency and performance. My bet is close to 40 miles again.
          Dave
          • 3 Years Ago
          @PeterScott
          PS - I said 50 miles, not 60 miles.
          PeterScott
          • 3 Years Ago
          @PeterScott
          Just because 90% of daily driving is covered in 40 miles doesn't translate into 90% of all miles being electrically driven. Add in a couple of 400 mile+ road trips and it changes the overall ratio drastically. Adding a bigger pack doesn't really help that, it just creates a bigger battery to haul around most of the time, decreasing overall efficiency. Even a 40 mile AER on an EREV is well past diminishing returns in terms of energy savings and GHG savings. According to the latest GREET numbers a 10 mile AER EREV saves more GHG than a 40 mile version, because the 10 mile version weighs so much less it offers greatly increased efficiency. The whole point of EREV is it lets you get away with a lighter,smaller, less expensive battery.
          Dave
          • 3 Years Ago
          @PeterScott
          "Add in a couple of 400 mile+ road trips and it changes the overall ratio drastically." 12000 miles x 10% = 1200 miles Add in a couple of 400 mile road trips = 365 miles x 2 = 730 miles 1930 miles / 12000 miles = 17% electric, 83% gas Nope. It takes more than a couple of 400 mile road trips.
          Dave
          • 3 Years Ago
          @PeterScott
          "Since 90% of daily driving is covered in 40 miles, even that has reached the point of diminishing returns." Apparently, Volt owners are only doing 65% of their driving on battery power: http://green.autoblog.com/2011/07/08/gm-volt-reaches-2-million-miles-1-3-million-of-them-gas-free/
          PeterScott
          • 3 Years Ago
          @PeterScott
          I didn't say a couple a year. Say a couple of 400 mile trips a month and how does that work out for you. If you only do long trips once/twice a year, get an EV, you get much longer AER range.
        Marcopolo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Nick
        @ Nick, I hope it is expensive. It's time Cadillac was taken more upmarket. The Marque has been allowed to deteriorate and slide down the pecking order in recent years. He a chance to restore it's prestige.
          Marcopolo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Marcopolo
          @ Dave, Yes, I agree ! It should offer at least the same level of comfort, quality and prestige as its Lexus or BMW, Jaguar, Mercedes Audi competitors. It's time America started to build a marque with confidence and technology, for the top end of the market ! The Buick brand also needs revising upward. There was a time when marques like Cadillac, Packard, Lincoln, Imperial could hold their own against Rolls-Royce. Those were the days when the US was justifiably proud of it's engineering excellence.
          PeterScott
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Marcopolo
          @Dave. You are just trolling. Because it is pretty obvious it won't have that combination. it is even quite likely it won't have a single item on your list of must haves.
          Dave
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Marcopolo
          "There have been FWD Cadillacs since the 1960's and in just about every decade since, the new 2013 XTS will be offered in FWD." The XTS is a luxury taxi. (Do you know what a town car is?) The ELR is meant to be a driver's car. And even the XTS is at least offered with AWD IIRC.
          Dave
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Marcopolo
          That's not trolling. All Cadillacs have either rear wheel drive or all wheel drive. The ELR should be no exception. The rest of the items are easy.
          Dave
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Marcopolo
          "I hope it is expensive. It's time Cadillac was taken more upmarket." True. But it should give you something for your money. IMHO, it needs the following (at minimum) before the crest and wreath are applied: All wheel drive 0-60 in under 7 seconds 50+ mile battery range, 400+ mile total range. And it should ride and handle as well as the ATS. I don't think that is asking too much of a Cadillac. If GM wants to stop short of those goals, they should build a Buick instead.
          PeterScott
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Marcopolo
          @ Marco, you agree with something he didn't say at all. He had a technical dream, list, not luxury items. IMO the main mission would be to match luxury appointments of rivals. Trying to drastically increase the battery size is just going to end up negatively affecting weight/cost/performance/efficiency. Similar adding a second motor in the rear will increase cost/weight, and reduce efficiency. Every huge technical item added to the car means less money on having a proper luxurious interior and NVH improvements, insulation. IMO all they really need do, is improve to power of the main traction motor to improve the performance level, the rest of the money should go into making it a great car. @Dave. There have been FWD Cadillacs since the 1960's and in just about every decade since, the new 2013 XTS will be offered in FWD. There is no stipulation that all Cadillacs must be RWD.
      HVH20
      • 3 Years Ago
      The car looks great. I feel like I'll need moon boots to drive it!
        Dave
        • 3 Years Ago
        @HVH20
        The Volt concept and the production Volt look very different from each other. We can only pray that the ELR looks as good as the Converj concept
          axiomatik
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Dave
          But the ELR was penned after the Production Volt was designed, knowing that it would be based on the Volt architecture. I am sure the Converj concept is a lot closer to the production ELR than the concept Volt was to its production model.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh well, by all means, less than 57K, we should ALL run right out and buy one as soon as it's available! And I'm guessing for those of us who aren't on the entitlement welfare EBT Obamacare list, who don't have to actually pay for ANYTHING they own, i.e. cars, houses, college tuition, etc ... we can just ask GM to GIVE us a car for FREE since our tax dollars were used to bail their sorry asses out AND because they just revealed that they are going to have to default on 25 BILLION of their loan because they don't have the money to pay it back. Me? Bitter? Why what ever made you think that?!
        Nick
        • 3 Years Ago
        Brett Bouler You're a brain-damaged sack of feces Brett. Your delusions are comial, they're THAT far removed from reality. Anyway, keep suckin on Glenn Beck's d---k, dimwit. It's the guys like you, the anti-Obama whiners who end up caught collecting govt money. Please go F-- yourself. Sincerely
          BipDBo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Nick
          Wow, I can't believe this vulgarity got up-voted. So much for civil discourse.
      Mike J
      • 3 Years Ago
      The ELR should be a 4dr coupe with suicide doors and hidden door handles like the current CTS coupe
      Vlad
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm all for EVs for the rest of us, but it looks like the only way to make money on them is to make luxury cars. And only when car manufacturers are making money on EVs will they become more widespread and thus cheaper. So good job GM, go get those upstarts at Fisker.
      GeorgeS
      • 3 Years Ago
      Lots of questions to be answered: Will the 2014 Volt and 2014 ELR share the same ICE?? My guess is no. The ELR will have a turbo but the 2014 Volt will not. The best we will see in 2014 Volt will be an Atkinson cycle which is really all you need unless your talking high dollar sports car. and what about battery packs?? Will the 2014 Volt have the same kwh rating as the ELR??? Again I would expect not. More bucks for the ELR MIGHT buy more kwh. or maybe your ELR dollars will get you the SAME kwh only with a more advanced chemistry that results in a lower wt pack (I think I vote for this option) and what about the Motors?? ELR will definitely have bigger traction motor….not sure about the Volt. and lastly…what about the planetary gearset????? What will GM do to beef up the planetary gearset to handle the higher power ELR???? Change materials or physically scale up the whole 4ET50 transmission?? Only your hairdresser knows for sure.
        Peter
        • 3 Years Ago
        @GeorgeS
        Its all speculation, but a turbo, really? If its Voltec like they say the motor is just a generator that needs to be speced to be efficient at highway speed to meet the steady state draw. Performance above (or below) you can draw from (give to) the battery. Atkinson 1.4 or their 1.2 from the Spark will do, heck BMW is testing a 3 cyl for its range extender. A turbo will just increase consumption without improving push.
          Dave
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Peter
          "Voltec does not charge the battery pack." Youre talking about a simple software change.
          Dave
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Peter
          Agreed. The size of the genset is determined by the top speed. The battery pack determines the acceleration.
          Rotation
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Peter
          Dave: Voltec does not charge the battery pack. Once the battery runs out, the car can not apply more output than the ICE has for more than a few seconds. Worse yet, the power density of the pack drops as it drains. I'm sure BMW is testing a 3 cylinder for its range extender. What makes you think GM didn't also do this and discover it wasn't a good idea?
      Rick
      • 3 Years Ago
      $57,400 is the same price as a Chevy Volt in the UK which cost £34,995 ($56,512), most Brits would rather have a prestigious Caddy in their front driveway, than be linked to a bottom of the pile poorly cheap 'n' nasty all Korean made UK Chevy brand line-up we get here always in last place in JD Power Owner Satisfaction/Quality Surveys this side of the pond. Gotta say l quite like the Chevy Volt know that its Made Stateside, that would be a great plus for me, but l just don't buy FWD cars never, ever ever not in a million years.
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