Cadillac has released official images teasing the new Cadillac ELR. The new hybrid model is due to make its international debut at the Detroit motor show next week.

The ELR’s styling remains faithful to the Cadillac Converj concept car, which was unveiled in 2009.

Mechanical specification is yet to be confirmed, but the ELR is expected to use the same range-extender hybrid technology as the Chevrolet Volt, with a four-cylinder petrol engine used to charge a lithium-ion battery pack, which powers an electric motor. The latest image released by Cadillac was snapped during altitude testing in southern California.

Chris Thomason, ELR chief engineer said: "Cadillac customers are going to enjoy the unique features ELR will bring to the market. We’re going to change the way people think about luxury and electrification.” 

Cadillac has invested $35m in its Hamtramck plant in Detroit to handle ELR production, where it will be built alongside the Volt and Opel Ampera.

The ELR is due to go into production late in 2013. While Cadillac does have plans to relaunch in the UK, it is unlikely that a right-hand-drive version will be available in the next three years.

Daljinder Nagra