Posted on: Jan 09, 2013
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Cadillac Teases ELR Again


Cadillac getting in on the luxury hybrid game with the ELR. It'll be unveiled next week in Detroit, but in the meantime, GM has released a photo of a disguised prototype.
Cadillac has one of the most hotly-anticipated debuts scheduled for the fast-approaching Detroit Auto Show in the ELR. A more powerful, luxurious and stylish version of the Chevy Volt, the ELR will be Cadillac's first dedicated hybrid model. The ELR was previewed by the Converj concept in 2009, and a few weeks ago Cadillac released a teaser rendering showing the silhouette of the production version. Now it's followed up with an official shot of the camouflaged ELR prototype.

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Details are still scarce, but what we're dealing with here is not only Cadillac's first dedicated hybrid vehicle - an “extended range electric vehicle”, otherwise known as a plug-in hybrid - but will also be its first stand-alone two-door model (discounting the sedan-based CTS coupe) since the Corvette-based XLR was discontinued back in 2009. It'll pack a more powerful version of the Volt's gasoline-electric powertrain that pairs an 80hp 1.4-liter inline-four generator with a 149-horsepower electric motor. According to the project's chief engineer, the ELR is "going to change the way people think about luxury and electrification."

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