Chevrolet Volt MPV5 - A bigger brother for the Volt Sedan

Sunday, April 25, 2010

GM has just released the detail of the Voltec-powered crossover it is unveiling in Beijing China.
It is called the Volt MPV concept and is a five-person multi-purpose vehicle that will be powered by the same extended range electric car powertrain the Volt sedan will use.
Its design is based on the Volt including the closed grille. It also has rocker claddings, creased tail lamps and specially designed blades on the rear quarter, all to improve aerodynamics.
“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, who is now apparently Director of GM North America Crossover Exterior Design
GM states “the Volt MPV5 concept is a mere 15 mm longer than the wheelbase of the Chevrolet Volt, its body is 181 mm longer (4,585 mm), 73 mm wider (1,871 mm) and 182 mm taller (1,612 mm) than the Volt.”
The same T-shaped 16 kwh lithium ion battery and 1.4 L 4 cylinder generator is used, but in this configuration only has an EV range of 32 miles, with an additional 300 miles of gas range on a full tank.
The rear seat seats three and also folds down for increased cargo storage, and the interior design and center stack are the same as is found in the Volt.
“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.
GM appears to believe the concept is geared toward the Chinese market. No word on production intention at this point.