An official shot of a Cadillac ELR prototype testing in the US has been released ahead of the luxury plug-in coupe’s premiere at next week’s 2013 Detroit auto show.

Teased in a shadowy sketch last month, the latest image reveals the extended range electric vehicle undergoing steep-grade performance and high-altitude testing in the mountains of southern California.

Sharing hybrid technology with the Chevrolet/Holden Volt, the Cadillac ELR will become the American brand’s first plug-in production model when it rolls off the same Detroit-Hamtramck assembly line as the Volt from late 2013.

Although well camouflaged, the image of the prototype confirms the production ELR will draw inspiration from the Cadillac Converj concept that debuted in Detroit in 2009, sporting a flush grille, heavily raked windscreen and tailgate, shallow glasshouse and a hard-edged, angular rear end.

ELR project chief engineer Chris Thomason said Cadillac planned to “change the way people think about luxury and electrification” with the new model.

Although outputs have not been confirmed at this stage, the Cadillac ELR will feature a propulsion system based on the Volt’s, teaming an electric motor and a four-cylinder petrol engine generator with a T-shaped lithium-ion battery for a total driving range in excess of 600km.

More details of the Cadillac ELR will be revealed at its Detroit unveiling on January 15.

  • Captain Obvious

    GM doing what it does best; offering 273 variants/models/badges of the same car. 

    • Kd

      The same can be said for every other manufacturer.

      At least now GM is doing more than simply changing the badge!

  • Pauly

    Captain Obvious. There is only 3 Cars that run on the VOLTEC system made by GM:

    – Volt
    – Amperia
    – ELR (Coming soon)If people want electric cars to become cheaper, unfortunately that means car company need to cram the same tech into as many cars as they can to help reduce costs.

    Rather then seeing it as being a negative, see it as a positive to driving the costs down on this kinda of tech.