2015 Chevy Volt to Ride on GM's All-New Global Platform
The next-generation Chevrolet Cruze, due in fall 2014 as a Model Year 2015 vehicle, will use an all-new global platform for General Motors. That platform, which will eventually find its way under up to 2.5 million of GM's compact vehicles and crossovers, will be what underpins the next-generation Chevrolet Volt, according to Automotive News.
At this point, we can only guess as to what improvements the redesigned Volt will feature, but this is the right time for Volt owners to speak up about what improvements they would like to see. For starters, it seems like the battery could be repackaged to allow the Volt to haul five passengers, instead of only four in its current configuration. The current model also has rather limited cargo space, a shortcoming that could be addresses with a redesign. What would you like to see in the 2015 model?
Timing for automobile product development usually requires planning to occur about three years before a new model goes into production.
The expected new GM platform carries the internal designation of D2XX, according to Reuters. The redesigned Chevy Cruze will launch in late 2014 and GM has confirmed that the next-gen Cruze will feature "new exterior and interior styling, improved fuel economy and an improved interior compartment and more storage space."
Though GM is not officially confirming the existence of D2XX, General Motors is definitely gearing up for production of a totally redesigned Cruze. According to a recent GM press release, the automaker will invest $220 million to retool its Lordstown, Ohio plant for the pending redesigned Cruze. GM said that "production timing of the next-generation Cruze will be announced later." It's safe to assume that we'll hear about a redesigned Volt at the same time.
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