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The Voltec platform gets some fancy clothing

The Chevrolet Volt is definitely a technology powerhouse, but it surely won't win any beauty contests. While the concept version of the Volt had a low-slung, angular vibe to it, the production model came out looking neutered and "blobbish". The $40,000 plug-in hybrid can travel roughly 35 miles on battery power before its 1.4-liter gasoline engine/generator kicks in to keep the vehicle moving.
 
General Motors is now looking to take innovative powertrain of the Volt and place it under sheet metal that will make people stand up and take notice instead of fall asleep from boredom. What once started out as the Evoq concept car has transformed into the ELR production model.


 
Like the Volt, the ELR is a four-seater -- a portion of the vehicle’s battery pack runs right down the center of the vehicle which makes a center rear seating position impossible. However, the two passengers in the back are treated to some comfy seats nonetheless.
 
Unlike the Volt, the ELR pretty much went from concept to production unscathed design wise. The chiseled straight edges and overall design aesthetic is all there. The interior looks quite luxurious and carries with it Cadillac’s CUE touch-based infotainment system.

 
We’re still waiting to get the full details on the powertrain and driving range/fuel economy, but we’ll update this story as soon as those numbers are available.

Source: GM



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Looks Great
By Flunk on 1/14/2013 3:14:15 PM , Rating: 5
If they can get this thing in for around $60,000 I can see some people picking it up for the "Green" factor. It looks good and luxurious enough.




RE: Looks Great
By Ammohunt on 1/14/2013 4:55:45 PM , Rating: 2
With or without subsidies?


RE: Looks Great
By Mint on 1/14/2013 6:36:53 PM , Rating: 2
With the body and luxury taken care of, the only think left is for GM to crank up the traction motor's power.

I think GM wanted to play it safe with their first iteration of Voltec. If they're using the exact same powertrain, the ELR won't go any faster than the Volt, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed.


RE: Looks Great
By GulWestfale on 1/14/2013 10:16:23 PM , Rating: 2
this actually looks great, especially for a GM product.


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