The new ELR serves as Cadillac's modern centerpiece, using an advanced technology drivetrain to allow pure electric driving up to 37 miles on a charge, with another 303 miles on a tank of gasoline.

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The grille is more shield than air intake, with minimal openings to promote aerodynamic performance.

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LED headlights minimize electricity draw at night.

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Even the wheels are designed for aerodynamic efficiency.

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An electric motor drives the front wheels, and draws electricity from a 16.5 kilowatt-hour battery pack. When the battery is depleted, a 1.4-liter engine generates electricity.

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A plug-in port handles 240-volt or 110-volt AC power sources.

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The trunk lid is not large, but Cadillac designed it to hinge upward to allow maximum access.

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The seats and interior of the ELR are worthy of the Cadillac brand.

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As with the Chevrolet Volt, the rear seats are split, only allowing two passengers in back.

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This PRNDL shifter is a bit of a legacy item, as the ELR lacks a conventional transmission.

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Drive modes include Tour, Sport, and Mountain.

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A rearview camera includes trajectory lines and object detection.

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The climate control system also incorporates smart seat heating and cooling.

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The owner can schedule charging times to take advantage of off-peak rates.

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Maps in the CUE infotainment system look very refined.

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Audio sources include satellite radio, HD radio, Bluetooth streaming, Pandora, and USB ports.

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Devices plugged into the USB ports benefit from full music library search and voice command.

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The Bose audio system uses 10 speakers and delivers well-balanced sound.

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