A source within GM has released the information that the 83hp, 1.4 liter engine found within the Chevy Volt is to be replaced by the 2014 model year, which is set to start in the summer of 2013.
The engine is currently used as more of a generator for extended electric range, rather than an anemic, naturally-aspirated sidekick powerplant. It’s been thought that the 1.4L was never the engine of choice for the Volt, but rather a solution based on the platform used for the Volt; GM’s Delta II platform.
As far as replacements go, we’re disappointed to hear that neither the 6.6L Duramax diesel V8, nor the 7.0L LS7 V8 will be available. However, the 2.0L turbo engine that will be found in the Cadillac ATS may make its way under the hood of our economical friend, according to Inside EVs, but we wouldn’t hold our breath on that one. Needless to say, it wouldn’t be disappointing having all that torque available.
Aside from the Volt, the Cadillac ELR — which will be built on the same Delta platform — may see a 2.0L turbo in order to keep a sporty appeal, for those who choose to opt for a more sporty, luxurious plug-in fuel-sipper.
Although the 1.4L gas engine is on its way out the door, there are no concrete plans to remove the electric propulsion system currently found in the Volt.