And an even greater range capacity?
The next-generation Chevrolet Volt is due to arrive in 2016, and the good word is that it’ll be quite an improvement over the impressive current model. Its price tag will supposedly go down and its driving range will go up. Sounds good to us, but what’s going to be under the hood, exactly? We know that the new Volt will continue with the gasoline-electric motor combo powertrain. However, new reports are claiming that the current 1.4-liter gasoline engine, which acts as a generator to the electric motor, will be downsized.
In its place will be an all-new naturally aspirated 1.0-liter three-cylinder unit that’ll produce just 75 horsepower. It too will serve as a generator to the electric motor. None of this has been confirmed by GM, but the gasoline engine downsizing does make sense. It’ll be lighter, thus helping with greater driving range, and could even be cheaper to produce. We’ll have our answer hopefully by this January at the Detroit Auto Show.