As evident by the recent photos of Cadillac ELR test mules wearing Chevy Volt skin, and most recently, a hiccup on the OnStar website (which has since been removed), the timetable for the plug-in Caddy coupe has begun to reveal itself. Currently, our best intel gives us the time frame of mid-late 2013 for the ELR’s launch as it plans to hit the market as a 2014 model. Following a North American launch, the ELR is expected to be sold in Europe and China as well.
When it does come to market, expect it to ride on a variant of GM’s Delta-II compact architecture, as a coupe, and a price tag rumored to be in the mid-high $50,000 range. A new, longer lasting battery than what we see in today’s Volt is expected to be powering the wheels, while a still-to-be-known engine will work to charge the batteries when they drain out. Meanwhile, BMW has been tirelessly promoting their upcoming i8 plug-in coupe — which is expected to feature a 0-60 acceleration force of 4.6 seconds from the 349 combined horsepower from its battery/engine combination. How the mysterious ELR will stack up to the German plug-in will be what to watch for when they both hit the market.