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.
The grille is more shield than air intake, with minimal openings to promote aerodynamic performance.
LED headlights minimize electricity draw at night.
Even the wheels are designed for aerodynamic efficiency.
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.
A plug-in port handles 240-volt or 110-volt AC power sources.
The trunk lid is not large, but Cadillac designed it to hinge upward to allow maximum access.
The seats and interior of the ELR are worthy of the Cadillac brand.
As with the Chevrolet Volt, the rear seats are split, only allowing two passengers in back.
This PRNDL shifter is a bit of a legacy item, as the ELR lacks a conventional transmission.
Drive modes include Tour, Sport, and Mountain.
A rearview camera includes trajectory lines and object detection.
The climate control system also incorporates smart seat heating and cooling.
The owner can schedule charging times to take advantage of off-peak rates.
Maps in the CUE infotainment system look very refined.
Audio sources include satellite radio, HD radio, Bluetooth streaming, Pandora, and USB ports.
Devices plugged into the USB ports benefit from full music library search and voice command.
The Bose audio system uses 10 speakers and delivers well-balanced sound.