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Chevy Volt MPV5 Concept
The Chevy Volt sedan gets a bigger brother

Earlier this week, DailyTech brought you some early information the crossover version of the Volt. Patent drawings of the vehicle were uncovered which gave the general shape of the vehicle. Other than the fact that the vehicle shared its platform with the Volt, not much else was known about the vehicle.

Today, however, General Motors is spilling the beans on the Chevrolet Volt MPV5 Concept. The vehicle looks thoroughly modern and shares a similar design theme up front with the Volt sedan. Out back, the Volt sedan's taillight design is mimicked on the larger Volt MPV5. The Volt MPV5 even carries over the Volt sedan's Apple-esque dashboard fully intact.

"The Volt MPV5 concept takes the efficient design of the Chevrolet Volt and adapts it to the family vehicle crossover segment. It's immediately recognizable as a true member of the Chevrolet family," said Bob Boniface, Director of GM North America Crossover Exterior Design.

Whereas the Volt sedan is seriously compromised in interior room due to a large bulkhead running down the centerline of the vehicle – the bulkhead houses the lithium-ion battery pack -- and is only capable of carrying four people, the Volt MPV5 can carry five people. In addition, the 180.5-inch long vehicle has a 30.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats -- that capacity jumps to 62.3 cubic feet when you fold down the rear seats.

The Volt MPV5 uses the same Voltec powertrain as the Volt sedan which means that there is a 1.4-liter gasoline engine and a 16 kWh battery pack. Due to the additional weight and poorer aerodynamics, the Volt MPV5 is only capable of traveling 32 miles using the battery alone (compared to 40 miles for the Volt sedan). The total driving range once the gasoline engine/generator kicks in is rated at 300+ miles according to GM. Top speed is listed at 100 mph.

"The Volt MPV5 concept demonstrates the flexibility of the Voltec propulsion system, which can produce enough electric power to propel a range of vehicles. from a compact sedan like the Volt to a crossover like the Volt MPV5 concept," said Doug Parks, Global Vehicle Line Executive and Global Vehicle Chief Engineer for Electric Vehicles at GM.

Given America's penchant for crossover vehicles, the Volt MPV5 with its increased people-carrying abilities and vastly superior hauling capabilities may make it an even bigger hit than the original Volt.

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RE: Big Hit ??
By Brandon Hill on 4/22/2010 8:34:55 PM , Rating: 2
Hey, you can still buy your Camaros and Mustangs considering that even they can achieve 30 mpg in V6 trim. And Aveos/Cruzes, along with Feistas/Focus' will offset the lower mpg of Camaro SS and Mustang GT models.

To tell you the truth, show me one recent monster HP vehicle that's been killed for anything other than poor sales. I know that we haven't been given some vehicles (like Pontiac G8 Sport Truck, but considering that the G8 was a sales failure and Pontiac folded anyway means that it wouldn't have been a pretty sight).

Moving back to the Camaro, the next generation will get even better. The current one is about 300 pounds to heavy for what it is. The next gen is moving from the platform shared with the Pontiac G8 to the slightly smaller Alpha platform which will underpin the Cadillac ATS. That means a vehicle with better packaging, roughly the same passenger space, tidier exterior dimensions, and lighter weight which should = even better fuel economy.

I like progress :-)

RE: Big Hit ??
By Alexvrb on 4/22/2010 10:15:36 PM , Rating: 2
I can't wait to see what the Alpha platform can do. I like the current Camaro, but the Alpha is a much-needed lighter platform. I just hope they can maintain most of the Camaro's characteristics while shedding a bit of weight. The Alpha platform may also replace Zeta and underpin the CTS models too. Cadillac could definitely put the ATS to good use, too. But the platform is years away, either way.

RE: Big Hit ??
By Brandon Hill on 4/22/2010 10:28:17 PM , Rating: 2
I think it's less than two years away. The concept ATS is supposed to be shown in January at the Detroit auto show. Production model will probably come out fall '11 or early '12.

RE: Big Hit ??
By Spuke on 4/23/2010 10:04:03 AM , Rating: 2
I can't wait to see what the Alpha platform can do.
The next Solstice/Sky was supposed to move to that platform too. It must be light enough for GM to consider it for sports cars. Should be interesting. I really do hope GM can shed a couple hundred pounds from the Camaro. The 2011 Mustang GT is an example of how the Camaro would perform with the weight removed.

RE: Big Hit ??
By Spuke on 4/23/2010 10:14:03 AM , Rating: 2

To tell you the truth, show me one recent monster HP vehicle that's been killed for anything other than poor sales..
I like progress too, just not forced progress. What I find interesting is the wholly unintended side effect of this forced progress is the proliferation of turbo engines. LOL! People think the hp wars are over. Sh!t, they're just beginning. I wonder how much a three year old AMG C63 with the new twin-turbo V8 will cost?? :)

RE: Big Hit ??
By Keeir on 4/23/2010 4:43:51 PM , Rating: 2
To tell you the truth, show me one recent monster HP vehicle that's been killed for anything other than poor sales.

Sorry Brandon. That's nonsense. No one cancels a model because of regulation that was set before the start of development of the model!

CAFE won't kill high performance models outright, it will just cause a business case to price them higher and higher (thus lower sales, thus cancelation). A real proof would be a chart of Cost per Hp over time. If years when CAFE regulations start, Cost per Hp breaks pattern, then CAFE had a definate effect on the sale of high HP cars.

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