2016 Cadillac ELR Receives Engineering Improvements

Cadillac spokesman, David Caldwell, said that the 2016 Cadillac ELR plug-in hybrid will receive some important improvements as reported by Edmunds. The improvement that we’re talking about is mainly about engineering enhancements, however the details on the changes remain secret. Possibly, the updated Cadillac ELR will be revealed at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.

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We have no idea what that means, but we might find out by the end of the year because the manufacturer started testing an ELR that appears to be sportier than the standard version launched for the 2014 model year. The news comes via Autoblog, who revealed that a coupe fitted with larger brakes and four-piston Brembo calipers borrowed from the Buick Regal GS just hit the streets.

Details are scarce right now, but an updated brake package can only mean one thing: Cadillac is planting more horsepower under the ELR’s hood. Add the fact that it wears a new grille hidden under a camouflaged nose and a new set of wheels, and it’s evident that a brawnier ELR is starting to take shape.

Cadillac’s $75,000 ELR plug-in hybrid/electric vehicle has turned out to be a sales dud, dealers have resorted to discounting the vehicles by as much as $19,000 (not including applicable federal and state credits/rebate), and company officials have admitted that the vehicle doesn’t compete with the Tesla Model S (even though former GM CEO Dan Aversion stated that the ELR would be in the “same postal code”).

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What’s more, the said coupe has been spotted in the company of a Tesla Model S , the all-electric sedan that’s been smoking Dodge Vipers at the drag strip .

Still, there’s no confirmation that Cadillac is indeed prepping an ELR-V, but we’re definitely looking forward to seeing an ELR with more than 207 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque at its disposal.

ELR production has been halted due to inventory and an extensive makeover of the Detroit-Hamtramck plant where the ELR is built, along with other GM cars, including the Chevrolet Impala. Caldwell said the plant is scheduled to resume production around Thanksgiving.

“ELR builds will resume after the first of the year,” he said.

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Pricing and Release Date

Currently, the ELR’s pricing starts from $76,000. Any improvements will be a good starting point to boost its sales and to prove that the car is worth the money. As for release date, expect to see the 2016 Cadillac ELR making its debut at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.

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