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2016 Cadillac ELR Revised, Price Cut $10,000

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 4/15/2015 Joseph Capparella

It’s hard to know whether the Cadillac ELR ’s slow sales were caused by this plug-in hybrid’s astronomical price or by its lackluster powertrain shared with the Chevrolet Volt, but Cadillac has remedied both issues with a refreshed 2016 Cadillac ELR that’s less expensive, better equipped, and more powerful than before.

2016 Cadillac ELR Revised, Price Cut $10,000

Revisions to the 2016 Cadillac ELR’s electric drive system mean that the new car produces a maximum drive power of 233 hp and 373 lb-ft of torque in the car’s new sport mode and 214 hp in the standard driving mode, a significant upgrade over the old ELR ’s 162 hp and 296 lb-ft of total system power.

2016 Cadillac ELR© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Cadillac ELR Along with a 1.5-second faster spring from 0-60 mph (down to 6.4 seconds), the car’s MPGe combined figure is estimated to climb 3 MPGe up to 85 MPGe in EV mode, while the electric-only driving range also goes up to 39 miles, up 2 miles from before. These improvements are thanks to a beefed-up battery pack and a retuned electric motor, as the 84-hp 1.4-liter gasoline generator is unchanged and enables a total driving range of 330 miles on a full tank of gas and a full charge.

You’ll be able to tell the 2016 ELR apart from its predecessor by the new, wreath-less Cadillac crest badges and a new grille, along with upgraded trim for the interior. Models equipped with a newly available Performance Package also get 20-inch sport wheels on summer performance tires, Brembo brake calipers, a sportier steering wheel, and different tuning for the dampers and power steering. Models without the Performance Package also get a revised suspension with a stiffer rear axle, new steering calibration, a revised regenerative braking system, and stiffer bushings front and rear.

The 2016 Cadillac ELR also gains new standard features, with the previously optional active-safety features like lane-change alert, blind-spot warning, and rear cross traffic alert, are now standard. All of this extra performance and feature content comes at a lower price, though we still can’t call the 2016 ELR’s $65,995 starting price a bargain. That is a whole $10,000 cheaper than before, though, so we can only expect the 2016 Cadillac ELR to improve the old model’s paltry sales numbers—only 1,310 were sold in 2014—when it goes on sale later this year.

Source: Cadillac

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