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Cadillac ELR revealed

The two-door Cadillac ELR is a more luxurious version of the Chevrolet Volt and Vauxhall Ampera

The Cadillac ELR has become the third model to be built on GM’s range-extender platform, joining the Chevrolet Volt and Vauxhall Ampera.

But while the latter two are four-door models, the ELR ups the style with a dramatic two-door coupe body that’s heavily influenced by the Converj concept shown at the Detroit Motor Show in 2009.

A huge, egg-crate grille dominates the nose - which can close for better aerodynamic efficiency - while the LED headlights sweep right back up the front wings. Sharp creases run up each side, while both the front and rear windscreens are steeply raked.

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Inside, the ELR sets new standards for the Cadillac brand in terms of both design and luxury, with a swooping dash with carbon trim inserts that mirror’s the ELR’s exterior, lots of leather adorning each of the four seats; and neat features like a powered cupholder in the centre console.

A 10-speaker Bose stereo, with active noise cancellation, is standard, and the ELR also benefits from the Cadillac CUE infotainment system, controlled by voice or gestures in front of the eight-inch touchscreen on the dash.

In keeping with its high spec, the ELR gets HiPerStrut suspension, like the Insignia VXR, 20-inch wheels and adaptive dampers. What’s more, the range extender powertrain’s electric motor gets a boost in power over the Volt and Ampera, giving an extra 30Nm of torque, at 400Nm, and 207bhp total system output.

The all-electric range is around 35 miles, and total range is around 300 miles, while top speed is 100mph – making it a similar performer to the Volt. The ELR will be sold from the sole UK dealer in Manchester from late 2014, with prices likely to exceed the £34,995 currently charged for the Volt and Ampera.

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