According to a report from the Detroit Free Press, General Motors is setting up to offer more electric power to its customers by expanding beyond the Chevy Volt and implementing its electric technology into models that will be larger and will emerge as a Chevy, Cadillac, Buick, or GMC in one form or another sometime in the not-too-distant future.
GM CEO Dan Akerson confirmed a Volt-based MPV to launch sometime in the window of 2012 and 2013, which is a great move considering Ford and Toyota will be offering their own take on plug-in MPVs with the C-Max Energi PHEV and the Prius V, respectively. Rumor has it that the vehicle in question will go by the name of “Amp”. Though rumor also had it that the MPV was to debut during this auto show, when clearly it did not.
For Cadillac, we expect the SRX to offer a plug-in drivetrain to supplement the brand’s lineup — a choice that polarizes the performance-oriented, yet recently nixed SRX 2.8L Turbo model. As for Buick, Akerson was not specific — but he did state that GM plans to launch another extended-range plug-in hatchback (ie: another Volt), though it was unclear weather or not he was referring to the Opel Ampera, the Volt’s chic European cousin.
If GMC is to be graced with a dose of electrification as well, we would like to be the first to speculate that it could be a production variant of the Granite CPU Concept.
Source: The Detroit Free Press