Is The Chevrolet Volt MPV5 The Family-Friendly Volt?

April 22, 2010

The hotly-anticipated 2011 Chevrolet Volt may not come in just hatchback form. According to Car and Driver, their might be several variations, including a minivan-like crossover which will likely be dubbed MPV5.

The MPV5 will use the Volt's platform, but it will seat five instead of four. MPV stands for "multi-purpose vehicle," and this crossover will have 30 cu. ft. of cargo space with the seats up.

The powertrain will consist of a 150-horsepower electric motor that also puts out 370 lb-ft of torque. A 16-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery will give the motor its juice, while a 1.4-liter gasoline four-cylinder will be used to recharge the battery, allowing the range to be extended to about 300 miles before refueling. All-electric range is projected at 32 miles.

The MPV5 will be front-wheel drive, and it will be a bit larger than the sedan. The wheelbase will be slightly longer at 108.6 inches, but overall length grows by 7 inches.The MPV5 will be 3 inches wider and 7 inches taller than the hatchback.

Charging times are expected to take about eight hours on a 120-volt outlet and about four hours on a 240-volt outlet. Top speed is projected at about 100 mph.

The front-end styling is based on the Volt, while the rest of the car evokes the Chevrolet Orlando concept. In order to boost range even further, there are a few aerodynamic tricks employed in the styling, such as "blades" on the rear quarter panel.

The concept crossover will debut tomorrow at the Beijing Motor Show in China.

[Source: Car And Driver, Green Car Reports]

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