Although earlier hints from Cadillac suggested that there may not be a second generation successor to the Cadillac ELR, General Motors Company’s [NYSE:GM] premium division goes ahead and releases and updated version for the 2016 Cadillac ELR with more power and better technology overall.
The old ELR wasn’t a bad looking car at all, but it did need some minor tweaks in styling here and there and thus it received some, but that was basically a new grille and a crest logo. The big news comes in the powertrain that gives this lovely luxury coupe its power. How much? The previous engine produced 207 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque.. This has been upped to 233 hp and 373 lb-ft of torque which isn’t substantial but just enough. These slight increases in performance happened due to software upgrades to the battery system which increased the ELR’S electric drive system output.
You did know that the 2016 Cadillac ELR is just another extension to the electric car range of Chevrolet and Cadillac right? A 1.4 liter-four-cylinder engine charging the car’s battery to power the electric system on board which powers the front wheels only.
This means power and econonmy, how about 39 miles of range and a fuel economy rating of 85 mpge which means the new 2016 Cadillac ELR can cover 330 miles before it runs out of battery juice. 0-60 mph happens in just 6.4 seconds which is miles better than the previous 7.9 seconds. Top speed gets a bump and is now raised to 130 mph with the available performance package that gets you additional upgrades like; better tires, brakes and an uprated sports suspension. Don’t want that top speed? Then you can settle for the measly 106 mph, since the 2016 Cadillac ELR’s curb weight is 4,065 lbs (1843 kg), considering the battery alone weighs 432.5 lbs.
Since we are getting into the age of batteries and electric cars, you might want to know it takes up to 4-5 hours to full charge the 2016 Cadillac ELR’s 17.1 kWh lithium-ion batter considering you used a 240 Volt outlet, that increases to 13 hours with a standard 120 Volt outlet. The car can also charge the batteries using the 1.4 L engine and regenerative braking which can be controlled via paddles behind the steering wheel (make sure you use all of it..)
Expect the 2016 Cadillac ELR to sell at $65,995 which is $10,000 less than the previous generation ELR which is a major upside. Would you spend that much money for an electric semi sport luxury coupe?