Sticking closely to the styling of the 2009 Converj concept, the ELR enters the US market as an upmarket coupe alternative to the Chevrolet-badged Volt.
Cadillac promises a more premium driving experience, too, with more power and sharper handling to set it apart from the Chev.
Like the Volt, the ELR is powered by a petrol-electric system, combining two electric motors and a generator-powering 1.4 litre petrol engine.
Those two electric motors produce a combined 154kW and 400Nm of torque, bettering the 111kW and 368kW offered with the Volt's single electric unit.
Cadillac promises a 0-60mph (96km/h) time of "around eight seconds", again bettering the Volt's 10.3 second run to the ton.
Driving range on electric power alone is listed at 56 kilometres, extending to around 480km when the petrol engine begins to power the generator.
The ELR rides on the same general suspension setup as the Volt, but Cadillac says that its wider track, greater use of aluminium components, electronically controlled dampers and 20-inch alloy wheels deliver a more sporting drive.
A production debut is set for late 2013, but, as with the rest of the Cadillac range, we shouldn't expect to see this one in Australia anytime soon.
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