Can't Hardly Wait for the Arrival of the Next-Gen Volt

Can't Hardly Wait for the Arrival of the Next-Gen Volt

Here's how Automotive News sees the next-gen Volt shaping up:

Chevrolet Volt Increased Range In 2013

Chevrolet Volt Increased Range In 2013

"No major changes are expected to the plug-in hybrid before a redesign arrives in late 2015 as a 2016 model. GM aims to shave several thousand dollars in cost from the next-generation Volt, which currently stickers for nearly $40,000 . GM probably will downsize the 1.4-liter, four-cylinder engine to improve its efficiency in range-extension mode. Possibilities include a 1.0-liter or 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine."

"Media reports have suggested that the next-gen Volt will get a dedicated lightweight platform. Cost constraints make that unlikely; expect it to remain on the same platform as the Cruze and Buick Verano, the enhanced Delta architecture. But the platform likely will be modified to maximize weight savings and wring out more electric range."

In regards to the next-generation Chevrolet Volt, here's what we think is coming:

  • 50 to 60 miles or electric-only range
  • Arrival in late 2016 or early 2017
  • Possible 3-cylinder engine as range-extender
  • Will still share the Cruze's D2XX or D2UX (as it's known in the US)
  • Reduced price tag compared to current Volt - perhaps the "comfortably under $30,000" will become a reality
  • Fifth seat...yes please
The only notable difference between us and the prediction put forth by Automotive News is in regards to the next-gen Volt's arrival date.  Though we have reason to believe that our prediction is more accurate.

Source:  Automotive News via Autoblog