2016 Cadillac ELR facelift revealed
Cadillac has revealed the facelifted 2016 ELR. The eletric hybrid coupe also receives a power upgrade.
The Chevrolet Volt-based ELR has a 1.4-litre gasoline engine coupled with a lithium-ion battery. The size of the battery has been increased, boosting the electric range slightly from 60 to 63 km, but reducing the overall range from 547 km to 530 km.
The reduced range could be attributed to the 25% boost in power, as it now produces 233 hp and 506 Nm of torque. This helps it run from 0-100 kph in 6.6 seconds with the Performance Package. Top speed is about 170 kph, but increases to 209 kph with the Performance Package.
The chassis and suspension has been retuned for better handling. The ELR gets updated HiPer Strut front suspension, increased front spring rates and stiffer rear axle, stiffer bushings and a front bumper rebound spring.
The interior now gets added equipment such as three USB ports, 8-inch configurable instrument and driver information displays, suede microfibre headliner, full leather seating, power-assisted covered storage & cup holders in the centre-console and fold-down rear seatbacks to accommodate longer items.
Due to poor sales in the US, Cadillac has significantly dropped the price as well for the new model by more than 10% in order to better compete in the premium electric-car market.
The Cadillac ELR has yet to make its debut in the UAE, let alone any other GCC market, although things could change with Dubai’s push for electric-car infrastructure.