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GM debuts luxury Cadillac ELR plug-in hybrid with Chevy Volt underpinnings

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General Motors today unveiled the 2014 Cadillac ELR, a plug-in extended range hybrid vehicle that's essentially a luxury take on the groundbreaking (though slow-selling) Chevy Volt. Assuming the ELR — which has undergone relatively few major changes compared to the Converj Concept that inspired it — is able to keep parity with the Volt's electric driving range, you can expect around 35 miles before it needs to start burning gasoline. The ELR's increased weight may cut down on that EV distance, but gas should keep you going for up to 300 additional miles when necessary.

The ELR will feature a refreshed interior that GM says is going to "define future Cadillac models." On the steering wheel you'll find Regen on Demand paddles which, when activated, utilize the vehicle's momentum to generate energy and conserve it in the battery pack for later use. Other niceties include LED head and taillights along with Cadillac's Cue infotainment system. Oh, and there's more power, of course: 207hp compared to the 149 churned out by the Volt. Production on the ELR is slated to begin later this year and the car is expected to hit North American showrooms in 2014.