2016 Cadillac ELR Packs Better Everything, a Lot Less Expensive Than Its Predecessor

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First and foremost, no, the 2016 Cadillac ELR doesn’t share the GM D2XX/D2UX architecture with the 2016 Chevrolet Volt. Essentially, the 2016 model year ELR is a heavily updated machine, promising more power, technology, enhanced handling and 4G connectivity.
Cadillac doesn’t mention a thing regarding what lies underneath the beautifully sculpted body shell, but nothing much changed over the 2014 model year in terms exterior aesthetics. Besides the revised grille and new-design Cadillac crest, the other detail that further gives reason to our assumption is a bit in the adjacent press release that reads “retuned chassis.”

Before we go through specifications, you might want to hear the price of the 2016 Cadillac ELR: $58,495 after US federal tax credits. That’s a huge cut over the 2014’s $67,500 net price including the tax credit. Without further beating around the bush, the first-gen Chevy Volt-based electrified luxury coupe boasts with better HiPer Strut front suspension, increased spring rates and a stiffer rear axle, among other enhancements.

The driving front also boasts a revised damping control system and a retuned steering system. ELR customers are offered with an optional Performance Package that includes 20-inch wheels, Brembo four-piston brake calipers, specific chassis calibrations and a thicker rim for the steering wheel. Not bad, isn’t it?

Combining a 1.4L gasoline engine (84 horsepower) and an electric drive unit that churns 174 kW (233 HP) in Sport mode, the 2016 Cadillac ELR promises a combined system power of 233 kW (312 HP) and 373 lb-ft (506 Nm). Before you go through the press release below for all the specs and improvements, how does 60 mph (96 km/h) in 6.4 seconds sounds to you considering the eco credentials of this Caddy?
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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