The next big thing to come from Cadillac will be the ELR plug-in hybrid coupe, which is the production version of the Converj, a concept vehicle first displayed at the 2009 North American International Auto Show in Detroit that borrows its extended-range electric technology from the Chevy Volt.
The ELR is expected to make its world premiere in production form at the Detroit Auto Show in January with the first cars to roll out from the assembly plant in late 2013.
According to the automaker, the ELR will be the first two-door car built at the plant since the 1999 Cadillac Eldorado. The same facility also manufactures the Chevrolet Volt and its European and Australian counterparts, the Opel / Vauxhall Ampera and Holden Volt, as well as the latest Malibu and the new Impala sedans.
Just like the Volt, the ELR will feature an electric propulsion system made up of a T-shaped lithium-ion battery, an electric drive unit, and a four-cylinder engine that works as a generator to provide power to the electric motor. GM has not released any specific details on the electric motor and the internal combustion engine.