New for 2015 is Cadillac’s all-new ELR Coupe. Originally unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show in 2014 – the beautiful new coupe is now about to be hit the market. Sleek lines and gorgeous LED lights highlight a dramatic side and front profile and there is no mistaking the ELR is a Cadillac with its blend of art and science technology. Sleek, taut bodylines warp dramatically around big twenty-inch wheels and tires. The ELR is powered by GM’s Voltec powertrain technology, comprising of a 16.5 kWh lithium-ion battery pack sending power to a 154 kW (207 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque) primary drive motor motivating the front wheels. Also present is a 1.4-litre gasoline engine rated at 84 horsepower driving an electric generator.
The interior cabin also lives up to the exterior with, premium grade leather and suede microfiber upholstery. Bright chrome, real wood and tasteful carbon-fibre detail accents offered in a series of trim lines.
Some instrumentation and design cues from the Cadillac CTS are also present and there is fully comprehensive instrumentation for the hybrid drive system status with a full-color multifunction display. Cadillac’s CUE infotainment system with navigation and is really cool capacitive touch and haptic feedback flat-panel display is also present and takes a little time to learn, but operates very well.
Unlike the CTS however, the ELR is more of a 2+2 seater with ample room for the driver and front passenger occupant in the leg, shoulder and headroom department and much smaller tiny kid sized rear seats that lack headroom.
Chassis wise, the ELR offers a tuned suspension system with continuously variable real-time damping with several driver-selectable modes. Up front GM’s HiPer Strut set up works with a Watts linkage in the rear. The steering is electrically assisted rack-and-pinion, with speed sensitive assist.
On the road, Cadillac, the ELR will deliver an electric vehicle (EV) range of about 45-50 kilometers. Combined estimated range is a very impressive 550 km and Cadillac estimates fuel economy at 7.1 L/100 km combined, and 2.9 L/100 km in EV mode. ELR owners will be able to charge the vehicles battery using either an onboard 120-volt travel charger in about 15 hours, while plugging into a 240-volt charging station will do reduce the battery charging time to about five hours.
On the road performance is enhanced by the ELR adjustable driving modes that offers four different driving settings: Tour, Sport, Mountain and Hold. Tour mode is the default mode and is calibrated for the most drivetrain efficiency and comfort. Sport mode tightens up throttle responses, steering and suspension parameters. s. Mountain mode is designed for hilly driving situations.
The Hold mode offers more EV mode. The ELR also offers a “Regen on Demand” feature, that allows for more power to be used and sent to the battery from the regenerative braking system.
The 2015 Cadillac ELR looks like a very attractive hybrid performance coupe offering superb looks, a premium cabin and excellent value. One to test-drive for sure.
2015 Cadillac ELR Canadian pricing to be announced