General Motors may be giving the Chevy Volt a bit of a shine and polish treatment for the 2015 model year according to the New York Daily News, which cited two unnamed sources that are said to be familiar with the process. Based on the report, the American automaker will provide a new platform to underpin the later generations of the Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid, which has seen its image and sales slowly pick up after a conscience decision on behalf of the company to halt vehicle production from March 19 to April 16 due to sluggish sales performance.
Currently, the Chevrolet Volt is underpinned by GM’s Delta II platform, which is also shared by the 2012 Chevy Cruze. The move to develop a new platform would also integrate future models of the Chevy Equinox, which currently utilizes GM’s Theta platform. The first models to feature this new platform, which has been dubbed D2XX by the NY Daily New’s unnamed GM sources, will likely arrive in 2014 with another 2.5 million models — both crossovers and compact sedans — using the platform by 2018.
We reached out to GM for any confirmation on the report of its future platform plans, but the company has not responded by press time.
Nevertheless, the development and consolidation of a new platform underpinning a larger swathe of vehicles seems likely. More than anything, the shift will help keep manufacturing costs down, giving GM the ability to improve its existing models. Chevrolet has already given the 2013 Volt a larger battery pack, boosting its electric-only range to 38 miles, and increasing its EPA MPGe rating to 98. There is even talk of larger, turbocharged 2.0-liter engine for the 2014 model year, so a truly overhaul of the Volt’s platform doesn’t appear to be far-fetched.
Interestingly, despite its recent sales surge, GM may halt production on the Chevy Volt for the second time this year beginning next month.
Update: A GM spokesperson has responded to our inquiry over the possibility of a new platform underpinning the 2015 Volt and has declined to comment, stating company policy not to discuss future products.