Hold off on buying that Chevrolet Volt you’ve been eyeing. If insider reports are to be believed, the 2014 model year will offer a much better performance. The Volt that was launched in the market last year is said to be produced by General Motors at a time when it was strapped for cash and couldn’t justify spending too much on optimizing the Volt.
But now, GM has been able to resolve its financial difficulties and with its success, it is now preparing to offer an improved lineup. Several days ago, it was announced that the 2013 Volt has a slightly improved range, equipped with a 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine.
Nevertheless, it’s likely to be eclipsed by the 2014 model that will use the more powerful 2.0-liter turbocharged unit, which is set to appear on the Buick Verano next year. The isn’t very impressive. Of course, the performance isn’t really what draws customers to the Volt but it would be a good thing to have.
With the existing engine and electric drivetrain, the car produces 149 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. But according to leaked details, the 2.0-liter engine would deliver more than double what the current engine is capable of.
It’s possible that Chevrolet would rethink its drivetrain in order to keep gas mileage unchanged. But then, the Volt has a pre-tax credit price that’s relatively high so it wouldn’t hurt to give its horsepower a boost so that it could get more people interested in it. [source: AutoGuide]