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 Post subject: Cadillac says no next-gen ELR
PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2015 4:07 pm 
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According to Cadillac's Boss Johan de Nysschen:

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“The ELR will continue through its lifecycle,” de Nysschen said, “I don’t’ think we will create a next-generation, compact, two-door, gorgeously styled alternative powertrain successor to ELR.”


This is after the next-gen ELR missed it's debut at the LA Auto Show, then the North American International Auto Show, then the Geneva Motor Show, without any reason.

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(Cadillac) will continue to offer alternative powertrain technologies in our cars


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 Post subject: Re: Cadillac says no next-gen ELR
PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2015 10:58 am 
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Any yet Cadillac just announced the 2016 ELR this week:

http://media.gm.com/media/us/en/gm/news ... 5-elr.html

Doesn't get the 18.4 kWh battery of the Gen II Volt, though. Frankly, doesn't get much of anything other than a slight acceleration increase (mostly due to more efficient assistance by the gas engine and some software tweaks) and a few extra bells and whistles.

Not sure why Cadillac was unable to bring the 2016 ELR to any of the auto shows; it's not like anything was radically changed...


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 Post subject: Re: Cadillac says no next-gen ELR
PostPosted: Fri May 01, 2015 10:41 am 
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I guess that's why they didn't "unveil" it anywhere, since it's just a new model year, not a next generation?

Actually, reading that press release, there are quite a few 'small' upgrades:

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Major product upgrades include a more than 25 percent boost in power and torque, faster acceleration that improves 0-60 mph by 1.5 seconds, higher top speed, retuned chassis and steering for better handling, more responsive brakes and a new Performance equipment package.

“ELR’s combination of leading technology with stunningly attractive design is unlike any other coupe in the luxury segment,” said Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen. "The upgraded ELR offers enhanced driving performance for buyers seeking uncompromising luxury and exquisite craftsmanship with electrification technology. It is unique in the luxury category, in that it completely eliminates conventional concerns over driving range, which has been the Achilles’ heel of other competitors in the luxury segment.”

Distinguished by a new grille and Cadillac’s new crest, the 2016 ELR, which features the first application of extended-range electric vehicle technology by a full-line luxury automotive brand, will start at $58,495 net pricing after U.S. federal tax credits.

The 2016 ELR’s steering and suspension upgrades include:

Revised calibration of the HiPer Strut front suspension
Increased front spring rates and a stiffer rear axle
Stiffer bushings for the front lower control arms, cradle mounts and Watts link in the rear suspension, for more precise control with no loss of ride quality
Revised calibrations for the Continuous Damping Control system
Front Damper Rebound Spring added
New steering calibration tuned to complement the revised chassis and suspension systems
Revised brake hardware and system calibration for improved application feel.

A new optional Performance Package elevates the ELR’s driving experience further with greater handling and braking capability – and a more direct, linear feel for the driver. The ELR Performance Package includes:

New 20-inch summer-only performance tires – mounted on new sport wheels – that improve lateral grip by nearly 10 percent
Front Brembo four-piston brake calipers (with the Cadillac script), with 13.6-inch-diameter vented front rotors and 12.4-inch vented rear rotors that improve 60-to-0 mph stopping distance by nearly 12 percent
Specific calibrations for the Continuous Damping Control and electric power steering systems
Sport steering wheel with a thicker rim for a sportier feel.


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