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The New Volt MPV5 Unveiled at the Beijing Auto Show

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On: Fri, Apr 23, 2010 at 5:46PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

The New Volt MPV5 Unveiled at the Beijing Auto Show

General Motors has unveiled a new and exciting concept car at the Beijing auto show this year that is a version of the Chevrolet Volt, the Volt MPV5, a five door front wheel drive crossover electric plug-in hybrid. The Volt MPV5 has a strong resemblance to the Volt in physical appearance and it has similar environmental concepts as the Chevrolet Cruze Eco, particularly in its aerodynamics.

The MPV5, with flip-and-fold rear seats, is seven inches longer and taller than the production model of the Volt. The MPV5 uses the same propulsion system as the Volt Hybrid, with the same combination of a lithium-ion battery pack, an electric motor, and a 1.4-liter combustion engine (acting as a generator to re-charge the battery). As a concept car, the MPV5 has demonstrated that the propulsion system can be used for a variety of different platforms, similar to what Toyota had initially planned for its Prius. “The Volt MPV5 concept reveals the versatility of the Voltec propulsion system, which can produce enough electric power to propel a range of vehicles,” said Doug Parks, global vehicle chief engineer for electric vehicles at G.M. The MPV5’s styling was a result of a group effort between American and Australian General Motors design specialists.

The new extended range electric crossover which was initially revealed in General Motors' design patent drawings has now come to fruition. The Chevrolet Volt MPV5 concept made its debut at the Beijing Motor Show, and, just as you would expect, the five-passenger crossover rides on the same Voltec architecture as the Volt. The headlights, tail lamps, and grille are all designs that were adopted from the Volt, but the five-door hatch body style more resembles the Chevrolet Orlando.

The MPV5 has a 150 horsepower engine and 16 kilowatt-hour battery, the same as was used in the Volt, but its larger front area and increased drag limits the MPV5 to have only a 32-mile electric driving range, as opposed to the Volt's 40 miles. But its top speed is the same, at 100 mph, with an extended range of 300 miles on a full tank of gas. The Crossover has full seating for five and 30.5 cubic feet of cargo space in the rear, behind the seats. The dashboard looks like a replica of the Volt, including the dual LCD displays. It wouldn't come as a surprise to see the MPV5 as the 2nd Voltec model offered in the GM North American line-up.

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