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.
The Chevrolet Volt's performance-oriented, sleek and strong built complements its electrically driven capacity, and feels like a luxurious, midsize sports car. This was achieved through its broad rear and front tracks (61.2 / 62.1 inches [1556 / 1578 mm]), a wheelbase of 105.7-inch (2685 mm), sculpted belt line, wheels-out stance, and premium execution.
Director of Design Bob Boniface said that the Volt is a groundbreaking car, and they wanted the style to make a very dynamic and elegant statement. He added that they wanted people to look at this car as a vehicle with refined and technical execution and surfaces that integrate to give crisp, clean creases and edges.
Collaborating tightly with aerodynamic engineers in GM's own wind tunnel to build the Volt, other auto engineers and designers made the most aerodynamic car in Chevy's history. Through cutting down the energy required to overcome air resistance, Chevrolet Volt aerodynamicists developed around eight miles of electric range, and another 50 miles of extended range.
Volt's circular and flush front end, tapered edges and grille allow air to flow easily in the vehicle to cut down drag. At the back, sharp edges and an intricately designed spoiler manage air flow. A rake on the windshield and back glass also contribute to cut down drag and turbulence.
Both in and out, flush relationships and element-to-element gap are as efficient if not better than any vehicle in the segment. Even the compartment is not set aside: All parts are held to a high level of appearance that goes along well with the rest of the vehicle, using similarly grained colors and surfaces.