Cadillac has taken the wraps off the 2016 ELR which comes with a plethora of upgrades.
Stylish but unpopular due to its exorbitant price tag, the ELR has received a makeover for the 2016 model year, starting with the lithium-ion battery which has increased in capacity from 16.5 kWh to 17.1 kWh. This has boosted electric range from 37 miles (60 km) to 39 miles (63 km) while total range has decreased from 340 miles (547 km) to 330 miles (530 km). Once the battery is depleted, a full recharge from a 240V source takes approximately five hours.
Power has been lifted by more than 25% to 233 bhp (174 kW) and 373 lb-ft (506 Nm) of torque which has shaved off 1.6 seconds from the 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) that now takes in 6.4 seconds (with Performance Package). The standard model tops out at 106 mph (170 km/h) while adding the optional Performance Package will increase maximum speed to 130 mph (209 km/h).
The optional kit brings 20-inch sport wheels with summer-only performance tires, front four-piston Brembo brake calipers with 13.6-inch front vented rotors & 12.4-inch rear vented rotors, along with a sport steering wheel and further calibration of the Continuous Damping Control and electric power steering systems.
The list of changes doesn’t end here as the 2016 ELR also comes with an updated HiPer Strut front suspension, increased front spring rates & stiffer rear axle, stiffer bushings and a front bumper rebound spring. Moving inside, it gets three USB ports, 8-inch configurable instrument and driver information displays, sueded microfiber headliner, semi-aniline full leather seating and Power-assist covered storage/cup holder in the center console.
Featuring a revised front grille and the company’s new crest, the first-gen Volt-based 2016 ELR will kick off at $58,495, after applying U.S. federal tax credits. This makes it considerably cheaper compared to the $67,500 2014MY after all the discounts.
Additional details are available in the press release below. Page 2 of the press release contains full technical specifications.