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Cadillac ELR 2014

General Motors has unveiled its 2014 Cadillac ELR to curious applause at the Detroit Auto Show. With its fine angular exterior, the small and slender coupe is unmistakably a Caddy.

However, it is beneath its hood where the questions lie. Powered by the electric-gas hybrid drivetrain of the Chevy Volt, many are wondering if the modern-looking vehicle will perform as deliciously as it appears. While not all of the numbers surrounding its performance and price have been released, we do know that it will have a single-charge and tank-range of 300 plus miles. Also, GM says that the slightly upgraded 1.4-liter engine and 16.5-kWh battery powertrain will combine to produce 207 horsepower and 295 lb. ft of torque.  The extra weight of the Cadillac body means that the ELR will possess a single-charge range of 35 miles, three fewer than the Volt.

Industry observers believe that the 2014 Cadillac ELR will start at around $60,000 before any tax incentives kick in.

What do you guys think?  Too anemic given the sporty lines and performance price tag?



About the author: Andrew Greene


Now playing the role of grumpy old man in the foothills of Northern California’s Gold Country, Andrew has had a life-long love affair with vehicles of all sorts, from the bicycle he pedaled across the continent in 1991 to the armored personnel carriers he drove in the Army to the bamboo rafts, elephants, motorcycle taxis, ferries and buses he traveled by during the 13 years he lived and worked in South East Asia. Always eager to learn more about how the people of the world get from here to there in their day-today lives, he, a professional journalist, has been covering the vehicle industry for years.


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