January 15, 2013 - Detroit, MI. 2014 Cadillac ELR revealed at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. Photo by Joe Nuxoll.Enlarge Photo
Edmunds, citing Cadillac spokesman David Caldwell, is reporting that the ELR will receive some "engineering enhancements" for the 2016 model year. No details of the updates were mentioned but they could be related to features destined for the all-new 2016 Chevrolet Volt.
The ELR shares its powertrain with the current Volt and an updated version of this powertrain will be going into the 2016 Volt. While the 2016 Volt isn’t due to be revealed until the 2015 Detroit Auto Show in January, Edmunds reports that we could see the 2016 ELR as early as this November’s 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.
An increase in all-electric range would be a worthwhile update, especially in light of the arrival of the BMW i3 and Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid not to mention the continued success of the Tesla Model S. The current ELR has an all-electric range of about 35 miles. Another possibility is an increase in output, which currently lies at 207 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque.
Sadly, given new Cadillac chief Johan de Nysschen’s stance on pricing, there isn’t likely to be any price reduction on the 2016 ELR. The car currently lists at $75,995, which includes destination but excludes various state and federal electric car credits.