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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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Huh, just like the concept
By piroroadkill on 1/14/2013 5:47:29 PM , Rating: 2
Which is a great thing! Actually looks pretty fantastic. Wonder if they'll uprate the motor for it? Seems a bit silly to have performance identical to the Volt for a Cadillac..

RE: Huh, just like the concept
By xprojected on 1/15/2013 10:34:32 AM , Rating: 2
They did - the ELR is rated 207hp/295lbft torque (electric) vs. 149hp/273lbft for the Volt. The 1.4L gas motor is rated about the same.

RE: Huh, just like the concept
By Mint on 1/15/2013 9:10:24 PM , Rating: 2
I got excited when I read this, but it turns out that the 207hp figure is some sort of "combined" power. They're saying acceleration has only improved from 9 seconds in the Volt to 8 seconds in the ELR. Oh well...

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