Closely resembling the 2009 Cadillac Converj concept car upon which it is based, Cadillac’s outré handsome ELR coupe causes quite a stir wherever it is driven. Even non-car conscious people covet the newest Cadillac’s sensuous lines. First shown at the Detroit Auto Show, the Converj promised to marry the innovative fuel-efficient powertrain of Chevrolet’s Volt, to the beauty and luxury of a Cadillac coupe.
Five years later, we can happily report promise kept—and then some. There is absolutely no denying the beauty of Cadillac’s latest two-door model. Nor can one deny the fuel efficiency of the sleek coupe. Further, the ELR just flat nails it in terms of comfort and convenience. Without question this is the most attractively styled, and luxurious plug-in hybrid ever offered by a mainstream manufacturer.
Further, since nothing else really looks like it, eventually the ELR, like the Prius will come to be recognized as the hybrid Cadillac. Mainstream luxury intenders can have the same smugness of attitude Prius and Tesla drivers have, with the added benefit of traveling in a far more luxurious automobile.
For the record though, the Cadillac ELR’s hybrid strategy is different from the Toyota’s. The ELR is classified as an extended range electric vehicle, because its gasoline engine is used primarily to generate electricity. Still, with the ELR, Cadillac has presented a way for the wealthy to have their cake (environmental consciousness) and eat it too (an absolutely gorgeous automobile).
There’s just one problem.