You may ask what is a hybrid? Well quite simply, a hybrid combines at least one electric motor with a gasoline engine to move the car, and its system recaptures energy via regenerative braking. Sometimes the electric motor does all the work, sometimes it’s the gas engine, and sometimes they work together. The result is less gasoline burned and, therefore, better fuel economy. Adding electric power can even boost performance in certain instances.
For consignment a hybrid which combines fuel efficiency and takes the form of a luxurious sporty Cadillac. We give you the Cadillac ELR coupe Extended Range Electric Vehicle from 2014 that was patterned after a Cadillac Concept Vehicle. With less than 1,500 built it is rare to see one, and with this particular car we are talking some low, low original miles…850 to be exact. This one has the factory/manufacturers warranty until 1/21/2024. So, we are in rarefied air surrounded by some flossy flossy.
Looking much like a show car made real, we have the quintessential Caddy grille but add a wild rake from the tip of its nose to the hood line. Here the hood moves rearward, and we note a windscreen that is as raked back as the grille helping this car obtain a low drag co- efficient and save on gas and electric. All this lightweight steel is bathed in Crystal Red Tint coat, and all is in showroom condition! Utilizing the latest techno of the day, we see LED tail and head lighting which are chiseled into each corner. A high stubby V rear of the car offers up some nice trunk space and continues the diamond cut look of luxury, very clean and futuristic. Big 20-inch ultra-bright polished two-tone wheels are wrapped by 245/40R20’s on all 4 corners and these are looking very low profile and sporty for this electric/hybrid sled.
A swing of the wide doors provides access to what could be the inside of your WOPR supercomputer but in automobile form. Two tone cashmere colored panels form the doors and house the power features one would expect in a Caddy. Power windows, power locks, mirrors, and even a push button door actuator. This also uses stitched leather for the armrest because molded vinyl is so pedestrian. Moving inside cashmere leather covers high back buckets which sit in darker tan molded tubs. More power buttons for the seat adjustments, and once you get them to where it’s just right baby bear, use the memory buttons on the door to save the settings. A dark tan console races through these seats, has a glovebox and houses the shift lever. Drive mode buttons are here also. As our eye moves toward the dash, more stitched leather creates a V, (seems like a recurring theme?), where it rolls gracefully upward and has all digital push button climate controls, air flow options and the volume controls for the stereo system. Just above this is a display screen where the CUE system controls various functionality of the interior settings and contains a navi system and back camera. For 2014 it is impressive the displays and technology that is available even Bluetooth connectivity for your phone is available. The dash is all screen digital displays, and it will take a bit to learn to navigate through the controls, but once you have the ah ha moment, it’s fairly intuitive. Above is a ceiling console with lighting, OnStar emergency button, and programmable garage door remote controls. Like new carpeting covers the floors, and in back two more luxurious buckets have their own console running past them and seamlessly rolling upward to form the rear sill. Noted, the steering wheel has buttons aplenty to do everything but scratch your back with a touch of your thumb.
Electric drive mode with a backup 1.4 liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine which produces electric for the motor, and can also be run in hybrid (combo) mode. The 1.4 has EFI, and a planetary gearbox glides you down the road effortlessly. The driver can choose to run on all electric and you will be amazed as to the torque produced with this mode. Total range for the car is 450-500 miles which is 30-35 on electric and 400-475 on gasoline.
All clean and green, (well black basically), with McPherson front strut suspension, Watts linkage and sturdy shocks, and direct drive provide the ride and forward motion. Power disc regenerative brakes are on all 4 corners.
I’ll call it the torque thriller, as it has a surprising amount of quick acceleration. Electric power steering is spot on and no slop, and handling is very nice.
With super low miles, (just barely enough to go through 2 tank fulls of gas), chiseled design and more technology than Dexter’s lab, we have a shower made reality, and GM’s stab at the future from 2014. It is like putting 4 big wheels with low profile tires on your iPad!
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