2014 Cadillac ELR Starts at $75,995

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You may save some cash on gas by buying Cadillac's extended-range electric vehicle, but you'll have to shell out a lot of money to get one. When the 2014 ELR goes on sale this January, it'll start at a hefty $75,995, including a $995 destination charge.

The gas-electric coupe is GM's second application of its extended-range electric vehicle platform, following the Chevrolet Volt. Cadillac says the ELR will have an approximate 35-mile electric-only range before the 1.4-liter four-cylinder range-extending motor kicks in, putting total range at more than 300 miles and its fuel-economy rating at 82 mpg-equivalent. It can be recharged in about 12 hours on a household 120-volt outlet or just over four hours at a 240-volt (Level 2) charging station.

Although it shares components with the Volt, the ELR's interior is much more luxurious with standard leather and wood trim. Other standards include the Cadillac User Experience multimedia system with navigation, LED head- and taillights, lane departure warning and forward collision alert systems, and the Safety Alert Seat.

Despite its upscale looks and finishes, the price seems high since its extended-range Volt sibling starts at $34,995, including destination. GM says the ELR's actual price will be much lower, however; tax credits of up to $7,500 could bring the price to $68,495, including destination.   

ELR sales in major U.S. cities start in January; no word yet about its availability in other markets. According to GM, ELR dealers have to be specially trained and certified to sell and service the car.

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Comments 

Skankzilla

It's extremely overpriced and a coupe to top it off. For that price you can start pricing out a Tesla S. To choose the ELR over the S is just absurd.

Perhaps this will convince people to buy more of the Volt. You could pick up two, actually!

Steve

I agree; this price direction is an unfortunate choice for Cadillac.

If the technology is as expensive as it is, and a $75,000 price tag is what GM needs to be successful, it does not appear worth it to me. However, perhaps the small percentage of people in this world able to afford such a car will buy this Cadillac. Certainly Cadillac is aware of this, and perhaps not looking to sell very many -- perhaps they do not need to? One hopes they did their research.

In any event, I would like to see a luxury car with electric technology that is reasonably priced. Indeed, $75,000 is outrageous, and Tesla's S has a great advantage, plus three additional doors (the trunk has two additional seats).

FInally, the design of this Cadillac ELR is definitely not my favorite. Personally, I see only the ATS (and possibly the 2014 CTS) succeeding in balancing the art and science language. Those two cars are rather brilliant, in my opinion. The ELT appears bloated, angry, and the opposite of elegant.

Danny Ulster

No Way!!! I'm so disappointed and rather pissed off that they are pricing the Caddy Volt so high! Sure it has many more luxury appointments, but this is way overpriced. I have a Volt and was eagerly anticipating this car to be released so I could trade up. I was expecting a $55K price tag given the Volt now starts at $35K. Skankzilla is right, the price tag pushes into the Model S range which provides much more electric range. Too bad :(

Agent Mike

75K is Tesla Territory. And lets face it. The Tesla is a much better car. This is an over priced Volt and I can't see 30K of extra kit?

Bill

Too much!

George

That is 50% overpriced.

Others

For 72K, you can get a Tesla Model S which is a 7-seater, has a Frunk, and can overtake Benz/BMW sport's cars in drag race.

ELR is a 4-seater, has no-frunk and a small trunk.

Only when want to drive more than 230 miles, you may have to take the 2nd car or rent with Model S.

Let's see how many ELR's GM can sell. Their commitment to Plugins/Hybrids is shaky.

They are discontinuing Hybrid version of 3 SUVs, 2 Pickups and 1 Sedan.

J

Just like the Volt, this will drop quickly...

frank

that is telsa model s territory pricing; i rather spend my coins on the telsa. that's too much for the Cadillac volt. i can see the price 55k but 75 k too much.

That's optimistic pricing. The car's appointments are beautiful, but it's still a Volt. When my wife and I sat in one a couple of weeks ago we guesstimated the price they'd charge at around $60K, which we thought was a bit high. We figured it gave GM room to drop the price after it fell on it's pretty face. We drive a Volt, and the ELR is gorgeous, but it's a gorgeous Volt. If it were sensibly priced it would be a home run for GM. The price however is one that will stave off all but the semi rich and infamous. After all, the Volt technology, as brilliant as it is, is a transition technology. Trying to sell the car by touting the $7,500 tax credit is optimistic. I'm saddened by this price point. We really would like to see GM succeed, but it appears they're going to succeed in some other area of the market that doesn't involve electric motor propulsion.

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