Mike Stevens | Apr 26, 2010

DEMONSTRATING the potential for a diverse hybrid range in its future line-up, GM US has unveiled the Chevrolet Volt MPV5, a concept developed in partnership with its Australian arm, Holden.

GM has long insisted that its Voltec plug-in hybrid system could feature in other vehicles, following the launch of the Chevrolet Volt in the US later this year, and Australia in 2012.

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The MPV5 could be one such model, its Volt-inspired design appearing far more production-ready than the usual concepts trotted out at motor shows.

GM says that, like the sportier Volt, the MPV5 features an enclosed underbody for improved aerodynamics, along with a closed grille, optimised front bumper and sharp edges to the rear quarter.

Similar again to the Volt, the Volt MPV5 is powered primarily by an electric motor that draws energy from a 16kWh lithium-ion battery pack, offering a driving range of around 50 to 70 kilometres.

The electric motor is combined with a 1.4 litre Ecotec petrol engine, designed to kick in when the motor's energy is nearly depleted, recharging it and extending range to around 480km.

Although the MPV5 shares its platform with the Volt, its people-mover status means it has been made 180mm longer and taller, and 76mm wider. Its wheelbase however is only 15mm longer than the Volt's.

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