2010 Beijing Auto Show: Chevrolet Volt MPV5 Concept

Article by Christian A., on August 29, 2010

Is a bigger Chevy Volt included in your list of wishes? If so, you'd be pleased to know that Chevrolet has introduced the Volt MPV5 concept at the Beijing Auto Show. This vehicle, which is likely to become a production model, is based on the Voltec powertrain.

The five-seater crossover concept has increased dimensions. It has a 15 mm longer wheelbase and it is 181 mm longer, 73 mm wider and 182 taller.

The CUV is featured with a folding second row of seats, offering 1,764 liters of luggage space. Several design cues are shared between the Volt MPV5 and the Volt.

This concept car is designed to have an exceptional aerodynamic coefficient. It features the following: a closed front grille, aerodynamic rocker panel elements, creased tail lamps, a rear quarter panel that uses blades and an air flow-optimized underbody. Chevrolet said that the vehicle sets a record for aerodynamics in its class.

Another feature shared is GM's Voltec plug-in hybrid system, which produces 150hp & 273 lb-ft electric motor powered by a 16kWh Li-ion battery pack and a 1.4 liter gasoline engine. Vehicles can go as fast as 100 mph and it offers an EV range (EPA city cycle) of 32 miles. Its extended range is 300 miles on a full tank of gasoline.

Inside this CUV, we see two-tone leather seats, the Volt's center stack and gauge cluster and the typical Chevrolet crossover seating that provides easy entry and egress.

Exterior Design

It is unquestionable that the Volt MPV5's design and aerodynamic elements are derived from the Chevrolet Volt. Example are its front fascia that features a closed grille and aero-optimized lower air dam that helps it become one of the most aerodynamic crossovers that boast of superior fuel economy.

More aerodynamic elements include creased tail lamps, specially designed blades on the rear quarter, a full-underbody belly pan and rocker claddings. All these aerodynamic improvements allow the Volt MPV5 to deliver a greater all-electric range.

Its exterior is finished in Sonic Blue Metallic paint, giving it a modern look and sporty charm along with its dual skylight panels and 19-inch Volt-inspired wheels. Its interior, meanwhile, provides ample space for its occupants, offering a higher level of comfort.

This is primarily because the Volt MPV5 concept, when compared to the Chevrolet Volt, is larger in terms of length (plus 181 mm to 4,585 mm), width (plus 73 mm to 1,871 mm) and height (plus 182 mm to 1,612 mm). Its wheelbase is also longer by 15 mm to 2,760 mm. Just like any Chevrolet crossover, the Volt MPV5 concept features a seating position that enables maximum comfort and flexibility, and even provides ample room for enhanced ingress and egress.

The cabin of the Volt MPV5 concept is also home to a number of features adopted from the Chevrolet Volt like the center stack, gauge cluster and two-tone leather seats. Likewise, just like Chevrolet's crossovers, the Volt MPV5 concept has ample room to carry more cargo, courtesy of its flip-and-fold second row seating.

There is an available 863.7 liters of space behind the second row, which can be increased to 1,764.1 liters of room when the second-row seats are flipped and folded. This new concept was designed by GM North America Crossover Exterior Design along with GM's design studio in Australia.

Bob Boniface, Director of GM North America Crossover Exterior Design, remarked that the Volt MPV5 concept adapted the efficient design of the Chevrolet Volt into the family vehicle crossover segment, adding that the concept is instantly identifiable as a Chevrolet vehicle.

Press Release

GM Unveils Chevrolet Volt MPV5 Electric Concept at Auto China 2010

Chevrolet has made a major commitment to providing world-class, fuel-efficient vehicles to its customers around the world. In recent months, through GM's Shanghai GM joint venture, Chevrolet has introduced the fuel-efficient Cruze and New Sail in China. It will introduce the Volt electric vehicle with extended range capability in 2011.

In preparation for the Volt's arrival, Chevrolet is leveraging Auto China 2010, which starts today in Beijing, to introduce the Volt MPV5 electric concept. The five-passenger multi-purpose crossover concept demonstrates the potential of the Voltec propulsion system by utilizing the same foundation as the Volt, for gas- and tailpipe emissions-free electric driving.

Maximizing Efficiency and Style

The styling of the Volt MPV5 concept borrows design and aerodynamic cues from the Chevrolet Volt. The front fascia is among the most aerodynamic of any crossover thanks to its closed grille and aero-optimized lower air dam, both of which help improve fuel efficiency. A full-underbody belly pan, along with rocker claddings, creased tail lamps and specially designed blades on the rear quarter, also help the Volt MPV5 concept cut through the wind with ease. The intense focus on improved aerodynamics enables greater all-electric range.

The exterior of the Volt MPV5 concept isn't solely about efficiency. Its Sonic Blue Metallic paint provides a contemporary appeal, while the dual skylight panels and 19-inch Volt-inspired wheels build the Volt MPV5 concept's sporty credentials.

"The Volt MPV5 concept takes the efficient design of the Chevrolet Volt and adapts it to the family vehicle crossover segment. It's immediately recognizable as a true member of the Chevrolet family," said Bob Boniface, Director of GM North America Crossover Exterior Design, whose team worked in conjunction with members of GM's design studio in Australia on the Volt MPV5 concept.

The Volt MPV5 concept's dimensions provide added passenger comfort. While the 2,760-mm wheelbase of the Volt MPV5 concept is a mere 15 mm longer than the wheelbase of the Chevrolet Volt, its body is 181 mm longer (4,585 mm), 73 mm wider (1,871 mm) and 182 mm taller (1,612 mm) than the Volt.

Inside, the Volt MPV5 concept adopts the Volt's center stack and gauge cluster along with its striking two-tone leather seats. Thanks to the Volt MPV5 concept's size, passenger comfort doesn't take a backseat. Typical for Chevrolet crossovers, the Volt MPV5 concept's seating position allows for maximum comfort and flexibility, including improved entry and egress.

When it comes to cargo, the Volt MPV5 concept carries on the crossover tradition thanks to its flip-and-fold second row seating, which provides up to 1,764.1 liters of cargo space with the seats folded and 863.7 liters of space behind the second row.

Voltec Power Boosts Green Credentials

The Volt MPV5 concept utilizes the same Voltec propulsion system found in the Chevrolet Volt, including the added capability of an engine generator to extend the driving range and eliminate "range anxiety." A 16-kWh T-shaped lithium-ion battery pack powers the electric drive unit.

The flexibility of the Voltec system enables the Volt MPV5 concept to meet full vehicle speed and acceleration requirements while driving the vehicle and its five occupants up to 51.5 km on pure electric propulsion. This is double what the average urban commuter in China travels each day. When the battery is depleted, a 1.4-liter engine generator sustains the battery charge and provides up to 482 km of electric propulsion.

"The Volt MPV5 concept demonstrates the flexibility of the Voltec propulsion system, which can produce enough electric power to propel a range of vehicles. from a compact sedan like the Volt to a crossover like the Volt MPV5 concept," said Doug Parks, Global Vehicle Line Executive and Global Vehicle Chief Engineer for Electric Vehicles at GM.

"Rapidly growing demand for personal transportation across China is creating new environmental and energy security challenges," said Kevin Wale, President and Managing Director of the GM China Group. "GM is committed to finding and adopting solutions, which include the electrification of the automobile. The world premiere of the Volt MPV5 concept in Beijing demonstrates GM's desire to make China a global focus of its advanced technology strategy."

GM continues to advance electrification in China through research and development. It has launched the China Automotive Energy Research Center (CAERC) in Beijing. The venture with SAIC and Tsinghua University is developing a comprehensive automotive energy strategy for China. The GM China Science Lab, which opened last November, is carrying out advanced automotive-related research, including battery development. In March, GM introduced the EN-V (Electric Networked-Vehicle) concepts in Shanghai. A centerpiece of the SAIC-GM Pavilion at World Expo 2010 Shanghai, EN-V embodies GM's vision for personal urban mobility in 2030. In addition, GM is supporting its Shanghai GM joint venture's "Drive to Green" strategy, which is focused on developing green products, supporting green manufacturing and undertaking a green responsibility.

General Motors, one of the world's largest automakers, traces its roots back to 1908. With its global headquarters in Detroit, GM employs 204,000 people in every major region of the world and does business in some 140 countries. GM and its strategic partners produce cars and trucks in 34 countries, and sell and service these vehicles through the following brands: Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, GM Daewoo, Holden, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling. GM is the joint global automobile partner of World Expo 2010 Shanghai along with Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation Group (SAIC). More information on the new General Motors can be found at HYPERLINK "http://www.gm.com" \t "_blank"www.gm.com.

Chevrolet Volt MPV5 Concept


Model: Chevrolet Volt MPV5 Concept
Body style / driveline: five-door, front-wheel-drive crossover
Description: electric vehicle with extended-range capability

Top speed (kph): 160 (100 mph)
EV range (city in km): up to 51.5 (32 mi) based on EPA city cycle
actual mileage may vary depending on driving habits/conditions, weather and battery age
Extended range: 482 km (300 mi) on a full tank of gasoline

Battery system

Type: lithium-ion
Energy: 16 kWh

Electric drive unit
Power (kW / hp): 111 / 150
Torque (lb-ft / Nm): 273 / 370

Charging times
120 V: over 8 hours (actual charge times may vary)
240 V: about 4 hours (actual charge times may vary)


Type: four-wheel disc, fully regenerative to maximize energy capture


Wheel size and type: 17-inch forged aluminum
Tires: specially developed low rolling-resistance


Wheelbase (in / mm): 108.7 / 2,760
Length (in / mm): 180.5 / 4,585
Width (in / mm): 73.7/ 1,871
Height (in / mm): 63.5 / 1,612

Seating capacity (front / rear): 5

Cargo volume (cu ft): 62.3 cu-ft with rear seats folded, 30.5 cu-ft behind second row
Fuel tank (gal / L): TBD

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