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Next-Gen Chevy Volt To Get More Powerful Turbo Engine

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On: Thu, Jun 21, 2012 at 11:56AM | By: Chris Weiss


Next-Gen Chevy Volt To Get More Powerful Turbo Engine

The 2013 Chevy Volt is in line for a boost in range, but if you really want to see the Volt's performance soar, you'll have to wait a couple years. When the Volt is revamped sometime after 2014, it will get a bigger 2.0-liter turbo gas engine.

According to a source consulted by InsideEVs, the next Volt will use a 2.0-liter turbo engine that could be worth as much as 270-hp. That's quite a jump in power from the current Volt's 89-hp 1.4-liter range extender.

The report suggests that GM was never really content with the 1.4-liter unit but used it for lack of a better option. With research and development dollars frozen during the time the Volt was being developed, GM opted to use an available engine rather than develop something performance-optimized for the plug-in. GM is on a better path now, so it will revisit the powertrain with an aim toward increasing performance. The new engine will also help the Volt-based ELR earn its Cadillac badge.

Of course, in the Volt, the gas engine doesn't actually drive the wheels - that's the job of the electric motor. So it's probably safe to assume that the 149-hp motor will likely see an increase in size, too.

It's not clear what affect the new powertrain will have on the Volt's fuel economy numbers, but we expect GM will be quite careful to not lose too much on that end. The Volt is a fuel economy leader, first and foremost.

So if you're thinking of buying a Volt, you may want to wait it out another year or two to see how the powertrain reshuffling plays out.




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