GM Could Be Teasing Cadillac’s Next Large EV
General Motors has posted a very interesting and, uhm, sharp….. sketch to its Instagram account depicting what is clearly a Cadillac and what could be a larger SUV or, perhaps, even a pickup truck. But, see, that’s the real tease, as GM has posted this baby with absolutely no context outside of the words “lean & mean” – at least 50-percent of which doesn’t make sense.
The Cadillac LYRIQ SUV - Luxury and Electric Mobility For Under $60,000?
The Cadillac Lyriq has been in the news for a lot of reasons. While it showcased an impressive amount of tech features, it has been trolled massively for its name. The much-anticipated EV was unveiled earlier this month and it looked fairly impressive. It is still far from production, and we aren’t sure if all the features showcased will be offered in the production models. Earlier, it was said that it will start under $75,000, but now Automotive News has quoted the President of Cadillac saying it will have a starting price below $60,000.
Cadillac Needs to Nail the LYRIQ If It’s Going to be Even Remotely Successful
Outside of the Chevy Bolt, GM doesn’t really have any electric vehicles. The Bolt was a huge step forward with its 259 miles of range on a good day, but GM is definitely falling behind, and that’s why Cadillac is set to “spearhead GM’s shift to an all-electric future.” The LYRIQ that has been teased here is the first of many to come and will be powered by GM’s Ultimum batteries. It will also ride on the same next-gen battery-electric architecture that will underpin most Cadillac and Chevy EVs going forward. We’ll get our first full look at it on August 6th, but what exactly can we expect?
Cadillac Escalade Electric - Everything We Know
With the fifth-generation Cadillac Escalade out and about, we can now turn our attention to the all-electric version of the big-boned luxury SUV.
Cadillac changed quite a lot of the Escalade equation, and although the flagship SUV still shares its platform with the likes of Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe, the new bag of goodies includes an independent rear suspension, curved OLED displays inside, and both gasoline V-8 and diesel straight-six engines. But how about the all-electric Escalade? What’s in store for the emission-free Caddy SUV? Here’s everything we know so far about the Cadillac Escalade Electric.
The Six-Figure Cadillac Celestiq Sounds Like an Attempted Money Grab That Will Fail
Let’s be honest, we you think about Cadillac, you think about mid-level luxury. They can be rather luxurious, but they are still GM and just really don’t compete with full-scale luxury brands like BMW, Mercedes, or even Audi. You damn sure wouldn’t cross-shop a Cadillac sedan vs. a Rolls-Royce or Bentley, though, would you? Well, as it turns out, GM and Cadillac think you will, and that’s why they are going to introduce the Cadillac Celestiq, an overly luxurious (or so they say) electric sedan that will sit comfortably in six-figure territory. A Cadillac…. In six-figure territory.
If Cadillac Can’t Sell EVs, the Brand Will Get the Same Treatment as Pontiac and Saturn
General Motors’ decision to identify Cadillac as the lead brand towards its plans for electrification comes with a lot of weight and expectations. It could also be the key to Cadillac’s survival as an auto brand. GM’s newly appointed president, Mark Reuss, acknowledged as much in a conversation with Reuters. According to Reuss, electrification is the only place the General can take the brand if there’s any chance for Caddy to survive. It’s a delicate place to be in, but the changing winds in the auto industry have left General Motors with few options on the table for its once proud luxury marquee. If Cadillac doesn’t thrive as an EV brand, it could very well end up with the same fate as Pontiac and Saturn, two GM-owned auto brands that are no longer with us today.
Is Cadillac’s Surprise EV Concept a Preview of the Next-Gen Cadillac Escalade?
A few days after identifying Cadillac as the brand that will spearhead its EV initiative, General Motors doubled down on that announcement by revealing a sketch design of an EV crossover concept that could point to its plans for Cadillac in the not-so-distant future. The design was unveiled at the Cadillac XT6’s launch party ahead of the 2019 North American International Auto Show. The General didn’t dive into the details behind its first electric vehicle, opting only to say that it will use an all-new skateboard electric platform and will come in either two-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. It’s also going to be a crossover, adding weight to the company’s renewed focus on crossovers and SUVs to drive the brand moving forward. That said, is it possible that this electric concept is actually a preview of the next-generation Cadillac Escalade?
Add Cadillac to the list of automakers that are planning to infuse its lineup with plug-in hybrid versions as a response to tightening regulations in some of the company’s most important markets. The revelation was made by Cadillac chief Johan de Nysschen in a conversation with Automotive News at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
According to de Nysschen, Cadillac’s main objective in the coming years is to beef up its lineup with plug-in hybrids to ensure that it remains competitive in a market like China. The company is already hard at work on meeting the plug-in hybrid CT6 sedan’s expected launch date sometime in late 2016. Once the CT6 hits the market, expect Cadillac to continue down this road and maximize its plug-in hybrid system on as many models as it can accommodate.
The onus being put on plug-ins means that less is being paid on developing an electric car. De Nysschen admitted as much, saying that plug-ins are “more practical” than EVs. That doesn’t mean Cadillac’s completely shut its door on ever developing its own electric car. On the contrary, it’s on the company’s to-do list. It’s just not a top priority at the moment.
Besides, it already has the advantage of having an EV platform in place, thanks to its ties with Chevrolet and the Chevy Volt under the General Motors umbrella. Unlike other companies that are developing their own EV tech from the ground-up, Caddy already has the Volt to go to should it decide to finally build an electric car.
So don’t expect a fully electric Cadillac to hit the market any time soon. The American automaker is focusing on plug-ins at the moment. Once that’s been accomplished, then its attention will turn to doing a full EV. It’s all about priorities for Cadillac.
Continue reading after the jump for the full story.
Launched with great fanfare, the 2014 Cadillac ELR turned out to be a huge disappointment. GM sold roughly 800 examples of the plug-in hybrid coupe, with about half of the Cadillac dealers declining to place any preorders for the vehicle. With that in mind, it’s not at all surprising the manufacturer is elbows deep into rolling out a significantly updated version of the ELR. The revised coupe was initially scheduled to arrive for the 2016 model and make its public debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The problem is, the ELR 2.0 didn’t show up alongside the 2016 ATS-V Sedan and Coupe in the City of Angels.
Not that many people noticed its absence, but it’s rather uncommon for such delays to happen in today’s auto industry. However, it seems Cadillac had plenty of reasons not to show the new ELR in Los Angeles, mostly due to system integration difficulties. According to GM Inside News, quoting insider sources, Caddy didn’t have enough time to refine a few of the features that are supposed to turn the ELR into a "highly autonomous vehicle."
Specifics as to what kind of features the source is referring to are scarce, but word has it Cadillac wants to debut GM’s Super Cruise feature with the next ELR. The technology takes control of steering, acceleration and braking at highway speeds or in stop-and-go traffic, which would make the ELR semi-autonomous. Apparently the system, and other features state-of-the-art features slated to find their way into the coupe, are not that easy to integrate, and the debut has been delayed with no target date for a debut. Well that’s a bummer...
Click past the jump to read more about the Cadillac ELR.
A high-performance version of the ELR has been in the rumormill ever since Cadillac introduced the plug-in hybrid, but the Detroit-based manufacturer has been rather silent on the matter. The vehicle was engulfed in even more obscurity earlier this year, when GM vice president Mark Reuss said Cadillac is looking at expanding the coupe’s "tuning envelope" without revealing any actual details.
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.
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.
Click past the jump to read more about the potential 2016 Cadillac ELR-V.
Even though the Holiday season is about a month away, Cadillac and Saks Fifth Avenue joined forces to develop a special edition Cadillac ELR that will be displayed in the 2013 Saks Holiday Catalog. This special edition is limited to only 100 units, and you can order it now. Caddy will start delivering this limited ELR in March 2014, and it checks in at a base price of $89,500 — nearly $15k more than a base ELR, which is priced at $75,995.
So, what kind of goodies do you get for this extra cash, besides exclusivity? The 2014 Cadillac Saks Fifth Avenue Special Edition ELR features an exclusive White Diamond exterior paint combined with an interior in either Jet Black or Light Cashmere.
The ELR also comes with an upgraded 240-volt charging station with professional installation — permits included — and their own ELR Concierge Representatives to offer information on battery care, home charging, service scheduling, and news and updates.
Oh wait, you were expecting a little more for your $15k... Sorry folks, that’s about all she wrote. We don’t know about this one; exclusivity is cool and all, but $15k for a $3k charger and some exclusive colors, not impressed...
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Cadillac ELR.
Cadillac unveiled a first ELR concept back in 2011 and ever since then everyone was pretty sure a production will also follow. Things got pretty clear in 2012 when a leak from OnStar confirmed Cadillac will dive into the hybrid realm with a vehicle not named "Escalade." The model finally made its world debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show and according to the first official details we have, it offers "an unprecedented combination of luxury, advanced engineering and progressive design."
However, this is not the first time in Caddy’s long history that it’s tread into the economy car world. The first one was the laughably Cavalier-like Cimarron. If you recall, Cadillac was so embarrassed by the Cimarron that the automaker refused to call it a Cadillac and instead dubbed it the “Cimarron by Cadillac” originally. GM later forced a name change to “Cadillac Cimarron.”
Needless to say Caddy does not want to relive those days, so they took things pretty serious with the ELR. The model is being powered by the latest GM EREV technology that combined a pure electric drive and an efficient, range-extending 1.4 liter gasoline-powered electric generator.
Updated 02/10/2014: Cadillac unveiled a first commercial for its new ELR electric coupe featuring actor Neil McDonough. Enjoy!
Updated 03/25/2014: Cadillac unveiled a new video for the new ELR coupe which hopes it will help it sell the electric coupe better. Enjoy!
Click past the jump to read the entire review to see if the ELR will end up on TIME’s “50 Worst Cars of All Time” list alongside the Cimarron.
Jay Leno is famous for reviewing classic cars, muscle cars, sports cars and supercars, but sometimes he slides into the driver’s seat of something else. This just so happens to be one of those times, as he focuses his attention on a new electric car: the Cadillac ELR.
The car was delivered to him by Frank Saucedo, Director of Advanced Design at GM, who is also offered a few more details on how the ELR was designed.
The ELR is powered by an electric drive unit, powered by a 16.5kWh T-shaped lithium-ion battery pack. This electric drive unit delivers a total of 207 horsepower and a peak torque of 295 pound-feet. Additionally, the ELR features an 84-horsepower, 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that works as an electric generator. This Caddy EV delivers a range of 35 miles of pure electric driving, depending on terrain, driving techniques and temperature, and over 300 miles of total driving with a fully charged battery and a full tank of premium gasoline (9.3 gallons).
Check out the video to see if Leno was impressed how the ELR handled on the road.