Holden’s SUV plan a Volt out of the blue
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.