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Chevy Planning A Volt Crossover For Detroit

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On: Wed, Dec 15, 2010 at 4:09PM | By: Chris Weiss

Chevy Planning A Volt Crossover For Detroit

Chevy has barely gotten its first batch of Volts out of its Hamtramck plant in Michigan, but word is that it will be giving the world a glimpse of its next range-extending model next month at the North American International Auto Show. Reportedly called the Chevy Amp, the new vehicle will be a 5-person MPV or crossover based upon the range-extending powertrain of the Volt.

GM needs to expand its Volt-based line in order to make the range-extending powertrain profitable. So it's really a matter of when, not if, we see additional Volt variants.

In Beijing last spring, the company previewed what a Volt-based MPV might look like with the Chevy Volt MPV5 concept (pictured). That model used the Volt's same 150-hp electric motor and range-extending gas engine to carry up to five passengers. According to GM's numbers, the MPV5 provided up to 32 miles of all-electric range (down from 40 of the smaller Volt) and 300 miles of range with the gas engine kicking in.

GM recently submitted a trademark application for the name "Chevrolet Amp," according to Car and Driver, a move that doesn't mean that much in itself, but given the known need to expand its range-extending line would indicate that Chevy will use the name for an upcoming Volt-based model. And given that the trademark application was submitted at the same time as the one for "Chevrolet Sonic," the Aveo replacement that might also debut in Detroit, it's quite possible that Chevy will use the show to launch the Amp.

According to Car and Driver's snooping, GM also registered a variety of Web domains like ChevyAmp.com and ChevyAmp.net.

It would appear that Chevy is ramping up for an Amp EV, but it remains to be seen if that model bows in Detroit. We expect more information in the coming weeks leading up to the show.


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