2014 Cadillac ELR Undergoes Winter Testing Up North

While it may be roughly a full year before buyers can get their hands on the 2014 Cadillac ELR, General Motors has been conducting final testing on the range-extended electric car, this time up in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

This round of testing was to evaluate the ELR's handling prowess in winter weather conditions and to complete chassis testing. While the ELR may share much of its underpinnings and powertrain with the Chevrolet Volt, Cadillac's electrified coupe uses a more sophisticated suspension setup with GM's HiPer Strut front setup to help quell torque steer and a continuous damping control to smooth out the ELR's ride.

Part of the reason for testing in the U.P. was to finesse the sporty character Cadillac's engineers wanted to imbue in the ELR. In the video below, ELR vehicle performance engineer Joshua Auden noted that his team wanted to create "a balance between making the car stable for the customer, but also still fun to drive in all situations."

As a refresher, the 2014 Cadillac ELR is the production incarnation of the 2009 Converj concept. Below the sinewy lines, the coupe is powered by a combination of an electric motor, 1.4-liter gas engine, and lithium-ion battery pack, which adds up to 207 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. Cadillac estimates an eight-second 0-to-60-mph time, an electric range of about 35 miles, and a full gas/electric range of over 300 miles. Pricing has yet to be announced, but don't be surprised to see the ELR's price tag crest $70,000 once it goes on sale early next year.

Source: Cadillac

Ashley Ekenstam
Well said hunny! Lol
Geoff Ekenstam
driving an electric car is like watching a music video with the volume off...part of the excitement of a good driving experience is the sound of the motor...
Idham Sadarpo
why is it disguised..?!? it was already unveiled at the detroit show!
Marc Hamady
Alex Mawhinney
My '96 VW Passat TDi (with 275k miles on the clock) routinely gets mid 40's around town and low 50's on highway - routinely 700 miles per tank - ON BIO-DIESEL! You can keep your battery-powered toys.
Manuel Mendoza
My 1997 Ford Taurus gts about 300miles on a full tank on freeway
Tim Lucas
@pete: No more than a Lexus CT is an over-priced Prius. I think you will find the Cadi has overall nicer materials and appointments.
Chandan Sharma
thts d car
Pete Colombus
over priced Volt

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