Holden’s SUV plan a Volt out of the blue

NT News - Motoring - - CARS GUIDE - By NEIL DOWLING

HOLDEN is poised to fol­low up Volt with an SUV ver­sion. The five-seater, with sub­stan­tial in­put from Holden’s Mel­bourne-based de­sign stu­dio, was first shown as the Volt MPV5 Con­cept at the 2010 Bei­jing mo­tor show.

Holden par­ent Gen­eral Mo­tors is known to be work­ing on a pro­duc­tion ver­sion but the com­pany isn’t say­ing a word about it.

But GM has pre­vi­ously stated that it would ex­pand the Volt’s driv­e­train into other mod­els.

The SUV at­tracts a big­ger au­di­ence, es­pe­cially fam­i­lies as the Volt sedan has four seats and a lim­ited cargo ca­pac­ity while the planned SUV can seat five and will have a large boot.

The con­cept was shown with a flip-and-fold rear seat that expands cargo vol­ume from 863L to 1763L — suf­fi­cient to con­sider a third row of seats.

China’s con­cept ‘‘voltswagon’’ sits on the Volt plat­form which is also the same as the Cruze. While the SUV shares the wheel­base, it has a big­ger body that is 178mm longer, 180mm higher and 75mm wider.

It shares the Volt’s T-shaped lithium-ion bat­tery pack — 1.8m long and weighs 200kg— but be­cause the SUV sits higher than the elec­tric sedan, it al­lows a bench seat at the back.

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