Following up on reported hints last week about the likelihood of the extended-range electric Cadillac ELR being produced in 2014, another source is reporting it as a 100-percent certainty.
Yesterday, GMInsideNews said the rumors swirling last week were indeed true, having gotten another back-door confirmation.
“GMI has been able to confirm with product development sources that OnStar’s flub is correct,” wrote GMI’s editor, Nick Saporito. “The ELR will launch as a 2014 model year vehicle, but production will not begin until very late 2013 calendar year, meaning this will be a late arrival for the 2014 model year.”
Some may wonder what the second half of GMI’s news will mean for the Volt, as its source said also the
Voltec-based Cadillac – which GM announced last August and has otherwise kept mum about – will share the exact same powertrain as the Chevy Volt.
It had been initially been said this would be the case, but some had speculated a premium nameplate intended to be a corporate halo for GM should have a more robust powertrain than the Chevy.
Not saying this will be an actual second-generation Volt, the source did say the Volt is expected to receive powertrain enhancements, which the ELR will share.
“GMI has not been able to verify the enhancements, however it has been speculated that both Volt and ELR will see larger EV ranges than today’s 30-40 miles,” Saporito wrote.
Some questions now are will this mean a change to the battery, software, generator – we have heard the 1.4 liter is to be discontinued, but that’s only a rumor. Would they add to performance as well? How quick does a corporate technological “halo” have to be to earn respect and the price it will likely command? And how much more electric range would they shoot for?
We don’t know, but GMI added that it does know only a coupe form of the Cadillac ELR will be made, and said prior rumors that other variants might be made were not verified.
Just as the Volt was, the ELR will be launched in North America for the first year, GMI said, and the following year it is expected to see its way to Europe and China.
So far, Cadillac’s media site has not posted any official announcement to confirm these statements, and keep in mind also all published photos Cadillac has labeled as the “2011 ELR” are really of the 2009 Converj Concept.
Also unknown is how close in appearance to the stunning show car the production Volt-based 2014 Cadillac will be.