The Cadillac ELR was released for the 2014 model year as a more luxurious alternative to the Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid, but unfortunately sales haven’t taken off. Cadillac has now unveiled a host of upgrades to the 2016 ELR that will make it more enjoyable to drive, with the best part being that the pricing has also been reduced by $9,005 compared to the 2014 model.
The biggest difference in the 2016 ELR are the software upgrades to its electric drive system, which now generates 25 percent more power, which drops its 0-60 mph time 1.5 seconds, to 6.4 seconds. The ELR can travel up to 39 miles in electric mode, while the 1.4L four-cylinder range-extending engine gives it a total driving range of 330 miles. It will take up to five hours to recharge the ELR using a 240-volt outlet, which rises to 13 hours with a standard 120-volt outlet.
Cadillac also retuned the 2016 ELR’s chassis and steering to give it better handling and a new Performance Package ups the ante even further with bigger brakes and performance tires. The new 20-inch tires will improve lateral grip, while front Brembo brake calipers will help reduce stopping distances by 12 percent. The only negative is that the performance tires will reduce the electric driving range by four miles.
Lastly the 2016 ELR now comes with OnStar with 4G LTE and standard built-in Wi-Fi hotspot that provides a mobile hub for drivers and passengers to stay connected. Pricing for the 2016 ELR starts at $58,495 after the available federal tax credits.