After announcing its intent to go forward with a production version of the fetching Converj concept more than a year ago, all has been pretty quiet on the Cadillac ELR front – until now. We burn for this kind of drama.

The long lenses have reported in from the field with the first-ever spy shots of the ELR in prototype form. That's right, under a wrapper of black and white triangles and mystery, is the real-deal Voltified version of a new Cadillac coupe.

To recap what we know: the ELR will make use of the same basic Voltec powertrain as the Chevrolet Volt, with a four-cylinder gas engine used as an onboard generator to power the electric motor. In concept form, this Caddy boasted a solar panel bedecked glass room, though the tester here has had its roof obscured, frustrating any further intel about the production worthiness of that solar setup.

From a styling and design standpoint, fans of the Converj should feel encouraged by this prototype. The same basic fastback silhouette has made the jump from concept to reality, and the proportions seem mostly intact, too (slightly smaller wheels and longer front overhang are in evidence, but subtle). The prototype seems to have held on to the very striking beltline of the concept car, running in a sharp crease along the side bodywork from the tip of the taillight to the top of front wheel well. Of course, the exotically small side view mirrors from Converj have been axed in favor of a set that are actually, you know, functional, but that won't ruin our day.

With this prototype being so fully formed we'd expect to see the ELR hit the market in the fall of 2013 or so as a 2014 model.


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      Loudog
      • 2 Years Ago
      I leased a Volt last month, and based on my 1100 miles so far, I will be buying the Cadillac version within 2 years. It's the perfect commute car for me, and it's genuinely nice to drive. Add a bit more creature comforts and a tad more power (which Caddy likely will) and it's a no brainer. Anyone want to buy the 2010 CTS-V I have in the garage? :-)
      Stumpy
      • 2 Years Ago
      No a big GM or Cadillac fan, but I love all the new designs and technology. It keeps pushing all the companies to bring out better, fast, more efficient cars. ..
      tony36619
      • 2 Years Ago
      This car looks BADDD
      Dark Gnat
      • 2 Years Ago
      I've long believed that the Volt should have been a Cadillac first. That would have made the price easier to swallow, and traditionally, luxury brands have had the innovations first, which then trickled down to the affordable brands. It would also allow enough time for manufacturing and parts acquisition to become streamlined enough to reduce production costs, and allow a lower sticker price on the entry brand models. However, I can see why GM wanted the Volt to be a Chevy, as this brand is more of the "everyman" brand. The ELR looks to be quite beautiful, and I see no reason why it won't be a hit. Now GM needs to do the following: Get the Camaro to the Alpha Platform. Give the SS sedan a real name (Chevelle?). Give us the Ute. Make the new Colorado a class leader in every way (wouldn't be hard). And give us a Diesel. Bring over that awesome new Trailblazer. Also Diesel. And maybe: Resurrect the Monte Carlo as a Zeta II full size coupe once Camaro goes Alpha. Make the current Malibu a limited run, and design a new one based on the Alpha platform. A hatch/wagon would also be nice.
        Dog Eat Dog
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dark Gnat
        I completely agree with your statement...GM are you listening? Diesels, Colorado, SS, etc...but I'll add one more to consider...get that Volt chassis into more vehicles other than the Caddy, expand further GM brands. The owners I know really love the car and it really drives excellent for the wheelbase,
      Timothy Tibbetts
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks very similar from what we see so far, though a bit of the front V is gone under the grille.. Seems smaller to me but must be the camo.
      Jeff
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's all we need, more Chevy Cavalier's on the road. Sorry, we're calling them "Cobalt's" now.... Sorry we're calling it a Cruze now.. I get so confused when a maker keeps changing he name of the exact.. same.. car..
        Snark
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jeff
        That's all we need - more posters that don't know their ass from a hole in the ground, much less anything about cars.
        jamiescale
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jeff
        I know...Sooo confusing when a company changes the name of their entry-point vehicles. Maybe you should stick w/ BMW nomenclature. The "1" goes here.. the "3" goes here...Oooh, there's a "5" too!
        Brex
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jeff
        I think Jeffy was confused and thought he was posting to dbagblog.com.
        tump
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jeff
        You probably get confused when the sun comes up.
        PiCASSO
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jeff
        I admire your trolling stamina.
      trzjax
      • 2 Years Ago
      But wait a second... I read that Volt has a range of 40 miles... Is that the maximum it'll go before dying? Isn't it like a Prius with it's gasoline engine recharging batteries? Do you have to recharge it for 8 hours every 40 miles? Can someone clarify?
        XJ Yamaha
        • 2 Years Ago
        @trzjax
        Yeah, you should probably do about 45 seconds of research before commenting on an automobile you know nothing about.
          trzjax
          • 2 Years Ago
          @XJ Yamaha
          I read wikipedia article! It's not clear on that...
        tump
        • 2 Years Ago
        @trzjax
        Have you been asleep for five years?
        Snark
        • 2 Years Ago
        @trzjax
        Jesus Christ, dude, wikipedia. Get on it.
      wooootles
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hoep they get all of the Volt's gremlins figured out before releasing the ELR. A good looking little hybrid car here...
        TopGun
        • 2 Years Ago
        @wooootles
        What gremlins are those Woootles? I'm actually surprised to see so many (well...4) positive comments on here. :)
          wooootles
          • 2 Years Ago
          @TopGun
          Mostly the fires. Probably an overblown issue, but something I wish they could put to bed once the ELR shows up. Because if something wrong happens the mouthbreathers here are gonna GUBMENT MOTORS GUBMENT MOTORS the heck out of anything GM
          Dark Gnat
          • 2 Years Ago
          @TopGun
          And so far no Gover.... never mind. Better not say it.
          Justin
          • 2 Years Ago
          @TopGun
          TheLeadFoot, Please tell this to Bill O'Reilly so that he'll maybe get it.
      mylz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sooo glad they are keeping with the concept design because that is one sexy looking car!
      Eta Carinae
      • 2 Years Ago
      it is looking good ! with the same shape as the concept, this car is going to be a winner for cadillac.......
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Eta Carinae
        [blocked]
      Thipps
      • 2 Years Ago
      OK honestly i never EVER thought i would say this,,,,,,but a car like this could get me into a hybrid. but what if you could get it with that turbo 2.0.....NOICE
        Snark
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Thipps
        Why would you order it with a turbo? There's no connection between the engine and the wheels, it'd make no difference in how it drove.
      Brodz
      • 2 Years Ago
      So it was possible afterall for GM to make the Volt look good. Why then did they make the Volt look like a Honda from the Nineties?
        ChrisH
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Brodz
        The Volt's problem in the looks department was never the outside. It was the inside. The dash never worked for me, it was simply put : unpleasant. The interior was only so so. Considering you could plop your butt into a Cruze and see what an interior could be. So I am very curious what Cadillac does here. I hope they change their design language a bit. Between this and the upcoming Fusion Energi I am not sure the Volt is going to be the choice going forward. Look at it this way, just as Nissan will be using Infiniti to deliver a Leaf by any other name, just in a package more people want People want better mileage in their cars, they should not have to trade style and comfort to get it. There is no reason this new breed of cars had to look weird. People are smart enough to know they are different.
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