A new hybrid coupe coming, 2016 Cadillac ELR. It is confirmed; next-gen of Cadillac’s luxury range extender ELR has been delayed indefinitely. These news have caught many people off guard as it was expected for next model to be revealed on last LA Auto Show.
Problem is most likely Cadillac’s ambition as they intend to offer new model with autonomous drive system technology. These features aren’t ready yet and ELR has already skipped model year 2015. That’s why 2016 Cadillac ELR will be carried over before mentioned tech becomes ready and available.
2016 Cadillac ELR Engine & MPG
As a range extender, ELR was designed for all-electric drive, first and foremost. It accomplishes this using couple of electric motors. In EV (electric vehicle) mode, larger one makes 157 horsepower which are sent to front axle, while smaller one serves as a generator. When most of battery power becomes depleted, 1.4L 4-cylinder internal-combustion engine kicks in and switches ELR to ER (extended range) mode. In this mode, larger generator delivers 181 horses, and whole hybrid system is rated at 217 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. All in all, 2016 Cadillac ELR is able to travel around 350 miles thanks to its powertrain combo and 16.5-kWh lithium-ion battery pack.
Apart from 350 miles of total range, 2016 Cadillac ELR offers 37 miles of all-electric range as well. During these 37 miles, ELR’s estimated fuel efficiency reads 82 mpg combined, while ratings stand at 33 mpg combined when petrol engine kicks in.
Design – Interior and Exterior
Car’s design will remain the same for now as it hardly has any real competitors which could endanger it, and looks rather good anyway. This 2-door coupe is both stylish and aggressive, and is one of the smallest cars in GM luxury division’s lineup. It has all the features Cadillacs generally have and it is mostly recognizable thanks to its front and rear lights, and Cady’s signature trapezoidal grille.
This is upmarket car and it is fitted accordingly. You won’t find anything but leather seats in it, and most of other surfaces are also covered, either in leather or in other soft-touch materials like leatherette and suede. 8-inch touch screen display sits neatly tucked away in another trapezoidal shape in Cadillac’s car. This time it is the instrument panel which becomes thinner as it falls toward the center stack. Front seats offer enough room, but rear ones aren’t meant for adults.
Of course, you can seat anyone you want back there, but rear seats are suggested as perfect place for your enemies (not that ELR owner would have any). Feature list is quite advanced, and most impressive options are standard Bose 10-speaker audio system, plenty of advanced electronic safety features and large TFT gauge cluster with relevant hybrid info.
2016 Cadillac ELR Price
Base models are available from $75,000, but price could quickly spiral out of control if one doesn’t take care when choosing optional features. BMWi8 and Chevy Volt are the key competitors.
2016 Cadillac ELR won’t offer many new things even though some of them were expected. Still, it remains a high-quality coupe with great fuel economy ratings and hefty price tag which, sadly, poses quite a few problems as sales haven’t been as encouraging as people down in GM had expected.