A camouflaged Cadillac ELR was spotted taking the road of metropolitan Detroit yesterday. Although the images didn’t show the car from every angle, it has a striking similarity with the model that was featured on the automaker’s official website.
More About the Cadillac ELR
The ELR name highlights the electric-drive capability of the car. According to the automaker, the car is a “luxurious, dramatic 2+2 coup, based on the Cadillac Converj Concept.” It features a T-shaped Li-ion battery, an electric drive unit, and a four-cylinder engine generator.
In terms of design, the vehicle uses the car manufacturer’s styling cues. It has a sleek profile and sharp lines that enable the Cadillac ELR to slip through the air with a little resistance. The car’s exterior also has a dramatic grille, jewel-like headlamps, and vertical LED tail lamps.
Under the hood, the vehicle will feature an electric propulsion system with Li-ion battery, electric drive unit, and four-cylinder gas-powered electric generator. Electricity will be the Cadillac ELR’s primary source of energy, and it will also come with range-extending generator providing power when battery is depleted.
In keeping with Cadillac’s prestigious history of technical innovation, the four-seat ELR will offer something never seen before—the combination of electric propulsion with striking design and the fun of luxury coupe driving.
Cadillac ELR in the Horizon
The car made its first appearance in 2009 as the Cadillac Converj Concept. In fact, it was one of the highlights in the Detroit Auto Show. It was followed by a confirmation in 2011 that it will enter production some time in the future.
It seems that the appearance of the camouflaged Cadillac ELR, roughly one year after the announcement, indicates that General Motors is working on making the car a reality. In relation to this, the vehicle can be powered by a hybrid system akin to Chevrolet Volt once it lands on dealer lots. As posted by Greg Migliore of AutoWeek:
Cadillac confirmed some details on Wednesday afternoon and said that the coupe will be called the ELR. It will use a T-shaped lithium-ion battery pack, and a generator kicks on to extend range, similar to the Chevrolet Volt. The Cadillac will also use a four-cylinder gasoline engine, again like the Chevy.
Whether the Cadillac ELR has a spot on the automaker’s current lineup remains to be seen. Nevertheless, it’s undeniable that the company’s design is getting better than ever, especially that its product line spans from sporty ATS to luxurious XTS.