2014 Cadillac ELR Live Images: 2013 Detroit Auto Show

Looking considerably more futuristic than the Chevrolet Volt on which its based, Cadillac unveiled its 2014 ELR plug-in hybrid at this week’s Detroit Auto Show.

Borrowing heavily from Cadillac’s “French curve be damned” school of design. the ELR manages to progress angular design to the next level. It may be styled like the Converj concept, but somehow the ELR manages to look even better than the concept.

We admire the attention to detail here, too. The grille shutters, sharp rear edges and integrated rear spoiler may help reduce drag, but they also aid with the car’s appearance. If it’s not the best-looking Cadillac we’ve ever seen, it’s certainly near the top of the list.

Are there drawbacks to the ELR? Certainly. It progresses GM’s Voltec drivetrain, but not by much, since battery range remains at 35 miles (in fairness, though, the ELR does produce more horsepower and torque than the Volt).

It will surely be more expensive than the Volt as well, even though Cadillac has yet to indicate a target selling price. It will be built in limited quantities, too, although Cadillac isn’t saying just how many ELRs will be offered to the public.

Perhaps the most surprising thing is the car’s time to market. Production isn’t scheduled to start until late 2013, meaning that customer deliveries won’t begin until early 2014.

Will there be enough buyers willing to wait patiently for the car’s release? We suspect the answer is yes, based on the ELR’s stylish lines alone.

For more breaking news from the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, bookmark our dedicated Detroit Auto Show page.


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Comments (8)
  1. Counting down the days till my volt lease is over.. only because they upped the game with this car. Amazing!

  2. That is one slick looking car...

  3. Wow, the ELR concept was so much more elegant and refined than this final solution. They ruined the side crease, fattened up the back end, and made the front seem portly. Only the Volt was worse from concept to final.

  4. I will respectfully disagree. I hated the side crease and don't think the front looks "portly" at all, either. I agree about the back end to a degree, but overall, I'll join others here in stating this looks great. As I've stated elsewhere, if this had been available for double the cost of my Volt when I leased, I wouldn't be driving a Volt now... And that's not a knock on the Volt, either, just a compliment to a much better-looking (IMHO...) car.

  5. I love the look. Well done GM.

  6. I cannot say exactly what are the changes involved, but it looks little more "bulky" than in the latest conept views. Anyway, it's still a great looking one. Competitors will have to review all their aesthetic standards reach this kind of refinement on their own EV/EREV. Need to know how many will be released in france to replace my (technically outdated but still looking so nice, CR-Z).

  7. Are Caddy's loyal elderly purchasers going to go for a new-fangled green little car that you have to plug in?

  8. Johnny, my guess is "no." Instead, Cadillac hopes to lure the same demographic that's snapping up its ATS, CTS and SRX models: the younger, more affluent ones.

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