The Cadillac ELR is described as “a luxury coupe featuring extended-range electric technology,” by Mark Reuss, President of GM North America.
Reuss added: “The ELR will be in a class by itself, further proof of our commitment to electric vehicles and advanced technology,”
The ELR will be inspired by the Cadillac Converj concept, first shown at the Detroit Motor Show in 2009, and will become the first two-door car to be built at the Detroit-Hamtramck plant since the 1999 Cadillac Eldorado.
Like the four-door Volt and Vauxhall Ampera, GM has confirmed that "the ELR will feature an electric propulsion system made up of a T-shaped lithium-ion battery, an electric drive unit, and a four-cylinder engine-generator."
Cadillac has not announced performance or economy figures for the ELR yet, but the Converj concept used the same front-wheel-drive range-extending powertrain as the Ampera and Volt.
In the Ampera and Volt, power is provided by a 148bhp electric motor, which gives a range of 50 miles. When the battery runs flat, an 85bhp 1.4-litre petrol engine kicks in. Both cars complete the 0-62mph sprint in 8.7 seconds and have a top speed of 99mph.