Cadillac has introduced ELR 2016 with several changes. This luxury coupe comes with improvement in acceleration, connectivity and drivability. The prominent changes in the car are over 25% increase in power as well as torque. The acceleration is better now, as ELR now completes the 0 to 60 mph sprint in 1.5 seconds less. The top speed too has been boosted and the chassis retuned. The steering also has been altered so that drivers experience improved handling. The brakes are more responsive now and another new feature is the package Performance equipment. The ELR 2016 sports a new grille. Also, this is the first model to use the technology extended-range electric vehicle by a luxury automotive company. The starting price is $ 58,495.
The calibration of front suspension HiPer Strut has been revised. The front spring rates have been increased and the rear axle is now stiffer. The lower front control arms have bushings that are stiffer. The rear suspension has Watts link and cradle mounts. The control is more precise now and there hasn’t been any loss of the ride quality. The Continuous Damping Control comes with modified calibrations. A new member that has been added is Front Damper Rebound Spring. The steering calibration has been tuned so that it complements the new suspension systems and chassis. More changes have been brought about in system calibration and brake hardware.
Cadillac offers the new Performance Package as optional. The driving experience gets better with better braking capability and improved handling. The driver now enjoys a more liner and direct feel. This package comes with the new summer-only 20-inch performance tires. Accompanying them are the new sports wheels which enhance the lateral grip as much as 10%. Brembo has provided four-piston front brake calipers. The front rotors’ vents are 13.6 inch in diameter while the rear rotors have a diameter of 12.4 inch. With this alteration, the stopping distance 60 mph to 0 mph is improved by about 12%. Specific calibrations have been introduced for electric power steering and Continuous Damping Control. The sporty steering wheel now feels even better as the rim has been thickened.
Connectivity too never ceases to impress the customers. OnStar comes with Wi-Fi hotspot and 4G LTE. The passengers and drivers get a mobile hub so that they can stay connected. The hotspot will be active as long as the vehicle stays on. The company offers 3 GB data/3 month trial – whatever comes first. Wi-Fi hotspot is capable of connecting seven devices and 4G LTE enables speedy mobile data and is the latest technology for mobile data.
The phones of passengers and drivers can be wirelessly recharged. This is possible with a magnetic inductive charge spot that is present on instrument panel. The phone therefore doesn’t have to be plugged in. Thus the USB ports of the car are available for the other devices. ELR 2016 comes with Driver Assistance safety systems that include the most useful features – side blind zone alert, Intellibeam headlamps, rear cross traffic alert, vehicle security system, Lane change alert and Adaptive cruise control.
The car comes with the option of full leather Semi-Aniline seating. The supporting trim and headliner feature Sueded microfiber. The driver information and configurable instrument display is of 8 inches. A total of four configurations are present. Users have excellent choices, right from the simple and elegant ones to those with detailed technological information. Three USB ports are offered too. The car’s center console includes cup holder/covered storage that is power assisted. The rear seatbacks can be conveniently folded down so that long objects like gold clubs and skis can be accommodated.