2016 Chevrolet Volt

2016 Chevrolet Volt

Trademarked image.

Trademarked image.

Probably not, but there's rumors that the Chevrolet Crossvolt could be unveiled.

According to Fox News:

"This past August, the automaker applied for a trademark on the name Crossvolt, which was published for opposition on Dec 23rd. The filing offers no details as to what GM’s intention for the name is, other than “automobiles.” General Motors would not comment on the application."

"This isn’t the first time GM has tried to protect the Crossvolt name. It originally submitted an application in 2011, which was abandoned in November of this year. The new filing is essentially identical to the original."

Quite simply this mean that General Motors is not ready to abandon the idea or name of Crossvolt, which is believed to be the preferred name for the Chevy Volt-based MPV5 concept Chevrolet unveiled in 2010.

There's no indication that the Crossvolt will make an appearance at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show, but there's always a surprise or two at each auto show.

Fox News adds:

"Details on the new Volt are still scarce, but Chevrolet executives have suggested that it will be more efficient, and have a longer range than the current car, which is praised by its owners, but has never lived up to its original sales expectations, in part because of its small, four-passenger accommodations. The addition of a popular crossover-style model could broaden its appeal and help it compete better against the likes of the Ford C-Max Energi, Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive and Kia Soul EV in the green car segment."

"The 2016 Volt, or perhaps Volts, will debut in Detroit on January 12th."

As for that cheaper Volt with less range that's been discussed at length by some news outlets, we've always believed that idea to be nothing more than a made up rumor; at least for this year.

Original trademark filing.

Original trademark filing.

Trademark extension.

Trademark extension.

Source: Fox News