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Interesting. I saw a questionnaire addressed to Volt owners which asked about different styling types for an SUV. It appears to be a AWD style, mid-sized. Possibly seats 6? Think Equinox or Traverse sized.
 

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We can only hope! A Voltec powered Equinox (and Traverse after that), with AWD and modest towing capacity, would be a huge addition to Chevy's lineup, and would be a signal that yes, GM is indeed serious about the future of this remarkable drivetrain.

And while they're at it, a full Voltec Malibu and Impala!

As compact BEV's become more ubiquitous, the Voltec drivetrain needs to move into larger vehicles where a BEV drivetrain isn't quite practical yet.
 

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I have zero interest in an SUV but I'd love a sedan with AWD. The lack of AWD is the Volt's biggest deficiency. Ideally I'd like to see a 2020 Volt with AWD and a 30KWh battery.
 

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Interesting. I saw a questionnaire addressed to Volt owners which asked about different styling types for an SUV. It appears to be a AWD style, mid-sized. Possibly seats 6? Think Equinox or Traverse sized.
Hmm....surprise for the 2017 NAIAS?
 

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That picture is the same as the one in a Volt book I received when I bought mine several years ago. I think they had that concept in mine from the beginning.
Yes, the MPV5 concept came very early on, it was shown "in the flesh" at the 2010 Beijing auto show just as the Volt sedan was about to hit dealer showrooms, but the MPV5 was never seen again. Rumors have continued ever since hoping something like it eventually sees the light of day. ;)

Some more detail on the original MPV5 concept, including 80+ photos:
http://www.caranddriver.com/news/chevrolet-volt-mpv5-electric-concept-car-news
 

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The "something like it" is the Bolt. The Bolt is an electric small SUV, they won't do anything to cannibalize Bolt sales in the near future by building a PHEV small SUV. In the long run they will expand the range of EVs that they offer to cover most of their categories but it will be a slow process.
 

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Would make sense. The market has definitely moved towards CUV/SUVs. If they can package it -- and they should be able to given their experience at this point -- a vehicle like that should be a hit. My guess would be something similar to the new Equinox since that CUV uses the same Delta platform that the Volt does. Likely lose a little range, but many people would likely be OK with the trade-off and under the new ZEV credit scheme starting in MY 2018 there isn't such a sharp break at 50 miles of electric range.
 

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The 2018 Equinox is based on a variant of the D2 platform. As is the Gen II Volt. The Equinox is getting a little smaller than the current Equinox on the market and it won't be able to seat 6.

However GM does have an all new Traverse coming out on a long wheel base C1 platform (we will see it very soon). And they are bringing out another CUV based on the short wheel base C1 platform (rumoured to be called Blazer). And these could possibly seat 6 (The Traverse for sure will have three rows).

For reference the all new GMC Acadia and Cadillac XT5 are on the new short wheel base C1 platform.

As for competing with Volt and Bolt I don't think a vehicle like this would compete with them too much. Simply because of price point. If GM brought out a Voltec CUV I would expect the price tag to be nearly $10K more than the Bolt EV with a price starting in the mid -$40K's USD.

I could see some logic in GM bringing out a C1 based Voltec CUV. They might be able to get it categorised as a large truck and it will help with their CAFE fuel economy scores.
 

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What they had was 4 pictures of different styling themes on medium duty SUV's. They asked: "Which one looks the most luxurious, put them in order from Luxury to Economy", or something like that. I based the size on the diameter of the tires and wheelbase. Not Suburban sized, not Trax sized, right in the middle, but not full sized pickup look like Yukon/Tahoe, but with about the same length.

None were "real" vehicles, just good renderings.

I should have taken a screen shot. I didn't think at the time.
 

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There were pictures of camo'd equinox and volt playing together in the mountains a couple weeks back - some speculation is that this might be in the works.

Or it could be nothing at all, just be pure coincidence that both models needed mountain testing of some kind at the same time. ;)
 

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Might be helpful if you gave some clues about where you saw this.
GM sends random Volt owners questionnaires about various things. It was the only question this time.

Last one I saw was the "stop charge" feature to allow top buffer.
 

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I could see some logic in GM bringing out a C1 based Voltec CUV. They might be able to get it categorised as a large truck and it will help with their CAFE fuel economy scores.
I believe that for vehicles under 8500 pounds the MPG target is just based on the footprint, calculated by multiplying the wheelbase by the track.
 

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The 2018 Equinox is based on a variant of the D2 platform. As is the Gen II Volt. The Equinox is getting a little smaller than the current Equinox on the market and it won't be able to seat 6.
I don't know where you read that, but the Equinox NEVER had six seats. I have a 2009 Equinox (Gen 1) and it seats five comfortably. When you read about or see a "concept", just count the seat belts. You can fit over five in an Equinox (the cargo space can fit three more!) but, legally, seat only five.

By the same legal reason, the Gen 2 Volt does seat five, too, but the middle seat in the rear has no leg room.
 

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I believe that for vehicles under 8500 pounds the MPG target is just based on the footprint, calculated by multiplying the wheelbase by the track.
A small truck is classified as anything under 6000lbs GVWR. A standard truck is 6000 to 8500lbs GVWR. Keep in mind this isn't curb weight. This is the maximum fully loaded weight with passengers and cargo (Gross Vehicle Weight Restriction).

The GVWR of the Volt and Bolt EV is approximately 4400lbs.

Just as a note the all new GMC Acadia has a curb weight of 3956lbs but a GVWR of 6001lbs (I'm not kidding). Hmm I wonder what GM was targeting with that GVWR?

I don't know where you read that, but the Equinox NEVER had six seats. I have a 2009 Equinox (Gen 1) and it seats five comfortably. When you read about or see a "concept", just count the seat belts. You can fit over five in an Equinox (the cargo space can fit three more!) but, legally, seat only five.

By the same legal reason, the Gen 2 Volt does seat five, too, but the middle seat in the rear has no leg room.
I'm not sure what you are saying? I'm fully aware that the Equinox has never seated six. I'm simply referring to the op's comment in which he mentions that the CUV he was shown might be able to seat six.

Also the 2018 Equinox is getting a little bit smaller than the current Equinox. This is to better align it with vehicles like the Rav4, CRV and Escape. And GM will be adding a new CUV slotted in size between the new Equinox and Traverse (rumoured to be called Blazer). The new 2018 Equinox will be on one of the many D2 platforms in which the Cruze, Volt, Astra, Antara and many more vehicles will be on.

http://media.chevrolet.com/media/us/en/chevrolet/home.detail.html/content/Pages/news/us/en/2016/sep/0922-2018-equinox.html
 
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