By Matt Schmitz on December 18, 2012
Although Cadillac still hasn't released specifics on the 2014 ELR, the automaker announced today that the production version of the extended-range electric coupe will debut Jan. 15 at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Kicking Tires reported earlier that the four-seat ELR will borrow powertrain components from the Chevrolet Volt and will also be produced at the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant. Cadillac said that the ELR will feature a T-shaped lithium battery, electric power and four-cylinder engine generator. Like the Volt, the coupe's engine will kick in when the car reaches the end of its electric-only range.
While its powertrain is similar to that of the Volt, GM expects that one of ELR's strong selling points will be its exterior design. "Based on the Converj concept, ELR combines dramatic design with industry-leading extended-range electric vehicle technology in a luxury coupe," the automaker said in a news release.
The Converj concept, which we last saw at the 2009 Detroit auto show, shared the Volt's 40-mile electric-only range but differentiated itself with its luxury styling, which harkened the Cadillac CTS coupe.Related
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