Cadillac ELR 2014 Review On Its Designs, Safety and Competition

The Cadillac ELR 2014 is distinguished for its extended range electric plug-in hybrid, supplementary torque, 300-mile total range, all-new two-door luxury coupe as well as its remarkable 4.5-hour recharge time on 240-volt charger. A perfect blend of high-end interior materials, HiPer strut suspension technology and standard 20-inch wheels are some of the high points of this hybrid car. The Cadillac ELR is not an all-perfect hybrid car, but has touch-sensitive control panels, initial ‘only’ four paint colours and imperfect CUE multimedia system.

Cadillac ELR 2014 Review

Cadillac ELR 2014: Exterior

Cadillac ELR 2014: Exterior

When major styling elements and ratio are considered, one can easily conclude that the Cadillac ELR is closely one and the same with 2009 Cadillac Concept. There is the presence of vestigial chrome grille flanked by stacked LED headlights and its signature pipes, vertical LED tail lamps, 20-inch wheels with Bridgestone low-rolling resistance tires, 9 cubic-foot cargo space, etc.

Cadillac ELR 2014: Interior

Cadillac ELR 2014: Interior

The presence of wider and longer structure of Cadillac ELR, when compared with Volt, implies that it has cramped and less head-shoulder- and hip-room. The interior is fashioned more with vivid angular instrument panel, finest ornamented leather plus ubiquitous LED lights, touch-sensitive controls for audio, seats with 20-way power adjustable controls, small legroom, climate control, plus other control systems and high-tech infotainment features.

Performance and Powertrains

Performance and Powertrains

The extended-range hybrid electric system of 2014 Cadillac ELR is powered by a 16.5-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack and 1.4-liter four-cylinder gasoline generator which generates close to 207 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Range for the Cadillac ELR is estimated at more than 300 miles on a tank of fuel and it has at least an EPA-estimated 30-mpg highway. The engine system synergizes to achieve zero to 60 mph in just eight seconds. The recharge of the battery is only 12 hours on a household 120-volt power, dropping to 4 hours on 240-volt charging station power. Available in four different driving modes: Tour, Sport, Mountain and Hold, the Cadillac ELR is notable for great performance at 100 mph top speed.

Safety

Safety

A good number of safety tools of Cadillac ELR include lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, antilock brakes, stability control, safety alert seat, auditory safety warnings, etc.

Competitors

Competitors

Some of the cars seriously competing with 2014 Cadillac ELR include the Tesla Models S, Chevrolet Volt, Nissan Leaf, Fisker Karma and Ford Focus electric.

Pros

  • Sophisticated interior
  • Slick energy-recovery braking system
  • Bold and modern style

Cons

  • Tight backseat
  • Moot value
  • Ride quality hampered by 20-inch wheels

Pricing

There has not been a public declaration on the Cadillac ELR pricing, but there is overwhelming evidence that the hybrid car is worth $50,000 when it hits the market in 2014.

Verdict

Verdict

Although the 2014 Cadillac ELR will suffer the splashing waves of competition from Chevrolet Volt and other hybrid cars, there is clear assurance the ELR will contend favourably especially with its extra luxurious interior, additional sophisticated suspension and CUE entertainment system.

Michael Valentine

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