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2016 Cadillac ELR: Newer, faster, more attractive

Edward Green |
Cadillac announced the ELR electrified luxury coupe with a host of upgrades for the 2016 model year, including boosts in acceleration, driving performance and connectivity.

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Major product upgrades include a more than 25 percent boost in power and torque, faster acceleration that improves 0-60 mph by 1.5 seconds, higher top speed, retuned chassis and steering for better handling, more responsive brakes and a new Performance equipment package. Distinguished by a new grille and Cadillac's new crest, the 2016 ELR features the first application of extended-range electric vehicle technology by a full-line luxury automotive brand.

All 2016 ELRs contain software upgrades to the battery system improving power and acceleration, with EV range growing on the base model. The 2016 ELR has a modified Sport mode that enables the propulsion system to combine engine and electric motor power to take the ELR from 0-60 in 6.4 seconds, a 1.5 second improvement from the current model. ELR offers Regen on Demand, slightly enhanced to improve deceleration. It allows the driver to temporarily regenerate energy from the ELR's momentum into electricity and store in the battery pack.

Regen on Demand supports a more engaging driving experience by slowing the vehicle when entering a turn to better position it on the exit, much like downshifting with a manual transmission. The ELR offers a driving range of up to 330 miles (530 km), combining pure electric driving and a 1.4L gasoline-powered engine-generator. It's a combination that means most daily commutes will require zero gasoline with zero tailpipe emissions. Using only the energy stored in the battery, the ELR will deliver an estimated range of about 39 miles (60 km).

The 2016 ELR will be one of the industry's most-connected vehicles, with new and enhanced features designed to extend technologies woven into nearly every facet of customers' lives. OnStar with 4G LTE and standard built-in Wi-Fi hotspot provides a mobile hub for drivers and passengers to stay connected. The hotspot is on whenever the vehicle is on and comes with a three-month/three-gigabyte data trial, whichever comes first. The Wi-Fi hotspot supports up to seven connected devices.

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