The vehicle's design was indeed the most attractive aspect of the ELR. The striking design made the car stand out on the road. Additionally, the styling of the interior of the vehicle was also a fantastic place to be in, and it had a luxurious interior and exemplary use of premium materials. The engine was a hybrid unit and could function on battery power alone, which made people lose the range anxiety associated with EVs.
With almost everything going in the way of the vehicle, the one thing that did not fare well as the pricing and the vehicle's underpinnings was shared with a budget economy car, the Chevrolet Volt. The vehicle's pricing was also way too much for what it offered. Plus, the lackluster performance, below-par NVH, and engine noise made things decline even further for the Cadillac ELR.
Cadillac ELR: An Extortionate Price Tag
The ELR is a lesser-known name in the automotive community even today. The vehicle was launched way back in 2014 and was a luxury-oriented version of the Chevrolet Volt. The car did look luxurious and much better than the Chevrolet Volt, but it did not justify its jaw-dropping price tag, which was around $75,000. To put things into perspective, the Chevrolet Volt was priced around $35,000, and the ELR demanded twice as much price while not offering as much value. The ELR Was provided in just one fully loaded trim and had lots of useful and luxurious features, but the price at which it was offered was outrageous.
Cadillac ELR: The Unusual Styling
The Cadillac ELR first debuted at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show, and the design had gotten a lot of people's attention. There were some differences between the concept car and the vehicle's production version, like the aluminum bonnet of the car tapered down a lot dramatically in the production version, reducing the overall visual bulk of the car. What was striking about the car was that the vertically stacked LED headlights and LED taillights in the shape of a hockey stick were a true Cadillac design element. The ELR had a 106.1-inch wheelbase, around 0.4-inch longer than the Volt. The ELR was a coupe and proportioned as such. The vehicle had just two doors, but since it was based on the Volt, it had rear seats, and these seats were not the best place to be in because of the sloping roofline and coupe styling proportions.
The 2014 ELR also had beefier struts, added suspension links, adaptive dampers, and big 20-inch wheels, but had a substantial mass and low-profile tires that meant lots of tire scuffing. The front passengers had a generous amount of legroom, and the seating was comfortable too, thanks to the well-crafted seats. The front seats were electronically adjustable in 16 different ways, and as an option, they could be updated to 20-way adjustable seats. The interior of the ELR was a much better place to be in as it had a rich-looking microfiber headliner, hand stitch leather, matte-finished wood, brush metal finishing, with high-quality piano-black accents throughout the cabin. The vehicle also featured a 10-speaker Bose Sound System, climate control, and multiple USB ports. The vehicle offered blind-spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control in terms of safety.
Cadillac ELR: A Hybrid Powertrain
The ELR was a hybrid car with a 16.5 kWh battery and a 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine. The battery and the engine produced a decent power output of 217 HP and 295 lb-ft of torque. The battery produced 157 HP, and the internal combustion engine produced 84 HP. The vehicle had an efficiency of 34 MPG in the city and 38 MPG on the highway. The car also had a top speed of 107 MPH and did the 0 to 60 MPH sprint in 8.2 seconds in the extended-range mode. The vehicle also had an approx weight of 4000 lbs, making it among the heaviest in its class and resulting in a below-average power to weight ratio.
The vehicle could drive on the EV mode for approximately 40 miles, after which the gasoline engine would kick in. The power was sent to the front wheels via a CVT automatic transmission. The vehicle also had four drive modes: tour, sport, mountain, and hold. These would alter the throttle and suspension settings for a better driving experience. The ELR had decent handling for a luxury midsize car, offering precise, well-weighted steering and good brake pedal feedback, but its ride was harsh on rough roads.
The 2014 Cadillac ELR was an amazing car with a design that is still iconic. Although it shared most of its underpinnings and engine with the Chevy Volt, it had a charm of its own. Its design will always remain timeless, as the car is a pleasant sight to look at even today.
Sources: Car and Driver, USNEWS, the car connection