The 2014 Cadillac ELR. The New FWD Hybrid From Detroit.
Published October 27, 2012
There was a recent announcement from the GM, Cadillac camp about a new addition to the already fabulously stellar Cadillac line up. A new plug-in hybrid two door coupe is slotted to be produced by mid to late 2013. The car that will be added to the team is called the ELR. The 2014 Cadillac ELR.
The 2014 Cadillac ELR, as previously mentioned will be a complete plug-in hybrid car with the looks of something from a very futuristic movie. The ELR model as it was displayed has all of Cadillac’s new aggressive big face styling like it’s other siblings, the ATS, & XTS. From what was explained by Cadillac reps, the 2014 Cadillac ELR will by utilizing the platform similar to the 2009 Converj Concept, and from that point forward, the electronic internals will be shared with Chevrolet’s Volt Hybrid car. As it stands now, there haven’t been too many details released about the goings on with the ELR, but for what we can see, it looks awesome. The front fascia is full of that well known Cadillac in your face look. The 2014 Cadillac ELR, sits fairly low to the ground, due to a few different design options. The first being those 20” wheels, wrapped in low profile tires, and the next feature that makes the stance look so menacing, is the lower body paneling that just about hugs the tires themselves.
The body lines of the Cadillac ELR, are extremely smooth, and seem to offer no real resistance when it comes down to drag coefficients. The curve of the roof line is so subtle, that a bead of water could make it from the base of the windshield, all the way to the base of the rear wind screen, and not fall apart. Cadillac’s high, and angular rear deck is very evident in this model. That familiar wide bottom of the CTS-V Coupe has found it’s way through genetic clay sculpting. The rear taillights are very reminiscent of the 50’s Cadillacs that were graced with the extremely huge fins. Interior wise the 2014 Cadillac ELR was showing the world a posh, but reasonably sporty look, while being adorned in a Light Grey soft fabric, which is broken up by two astonishing accents. One being the Grey Marble trim that flows throughout of the middle of the cabin, and then there’s the Blue illuminated accented lighting that gives the interior a very futuristic look to it.
GM, and Cadillac decided to make this ELR Plug-in Hybrid a FWD car as opposed to it being a RWD car, and there’s a reason or two for doing that. First off, the T-shaped battery pack sits very low in the car, thus only allowing for a FWD set up, and secondly, the four cylinder engine works in conjunction with the electric motor much motor efficiently than it would in a RWD set up. This new hybrid of sorts will be produced at the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant, and the relevance of this is because of two separate reasons. The first being, this plant will have had over $560M dollars invested from GM since 2009, and then next piece of history is that, the last two door vehicle that rolled of this assembly line was a 1999 Cadillac Eldorado. Since then, the recent vehicles to roll out of there have been Chevy Impalas, Opel/Vauxhall Ampera, and Holden Volts for their Australian market. These hot, and stylish new 2014 Cadillac ELR’s will be start rolling off of the assembly lines by mid to late 2013, so as long as the looks of the ELR remains the same, they are bound to fly off of the showroom floors.
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