Cadillac ELR Forum Discussion, Cadillac News: Detroit 2009: Cadillac Converj [w/VIDEO] in Current Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; Filed under: Concept Cars , Detroit Auto Show , Coupes , Green , Cadillac
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Cadillac just took the wraps off a new concept based on the Chevy Volt's "Voltec" drivetrain (that's a new moniker, by the way). The angular coupe is called the Converj and it is drop-dead gorgeous. With styling that is instantly recognizable as Cadillac, Bob Lutz told us at the press conference that the car was designed to be aesthetically pleasing on its own. It's just a great shape that holds great promise. Lutz and Co. referred to the Converj as the "CADILLAC OF ELECTRIC VEHICLES" and even if that sounds trite, it could well bring Cadillac back to the top of the luxury car heap, with a solid foundation of SRX and CTS below it.
Like the Chevrolet Volt, GM says the Converj will be able to travel up to 40 miles on electricity alone, and it will have a small helper motor to help drivers avoid "range anxiety." That's the term for the fear of running out of charge when you're still miles away from your final destination. As Lutz pointed out, you can't run down to the gas station for a 5-gallon can of electricity. There's a lengthy press release after the jump with plenty of stats. All we can say is that we'd love to hear that that the Converj is going into production tomorrow, but the reality of GM's current financial situation probably means they won't be able to make any firm commitments for awhile. Hit the jump to view video of the live unveiling.
Cadillac designers have done a great job incorporating the "Arts & Science" theme into a small car--something not easily done. The interior is superb! It's the first hybrid to really interest me, although the Tesla roadster (based on the Lotus, see http://www.teslamotors.com/ ) came close! The Converj incorporates styling features from the gorgeous Cien Concept.
Here's my question: Since the exterior dimensions are similar to the BMW 3-Series, and since Cadillac has been stating they want a 3-Series competitor (in size, the CTS is more similar to a 5-Series), couldn't GM crank out a sedan version and pop a four cylinder (or V6) under the hood and have an instant 3-Series fighter?
Re: Photo-Chop of the new coupe (better than the CTC)
It looks like a Pontiac G6 coupe with a Cadillac grille and some very different headlights...
The spokes of the wheels are angled... I hate that look... they will be on different angles on opposite sides of the vehicle, they always look as if they just don't match. Just my 2 cents...