Ever since Chevrolet gave us a teaser a few days of the 2016 Volt and announced that it would debut at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, more Volt news has been trickling out. Here’s the latest: the Volt will forego its 1.4L four for the new 1.0L turbo-three similar to that of rolling out in the Opel Adam.
Additionally, the Volt will now have five-place seating, which will make the plug-in hybrid-electric a much more attractive proposition for consumers.
Per InsideEVs.com, here’s what they said about the Monza concept’s motor:
The Opel Monza Concept features GM’s next-generation three-cylinder 1.0 SIDI turbo engine. In the Monza Concept, this engine acts as a range extender and burns CNG (compressed natural gas).
We don’t expect to see CNG listed as a fuel option on the next-gen Volt, but we do suspect that this engine might be the unit that handles the Volt’s range-extending duties.
The 1.0 SIDI Turbo (Spark Ignition Direct Injection) generates more torque throughout its operating range than equally powerful, higher displacement engines, while fuel efficiency is improved by 20 percent compared to Opel’s current 1.6-liter naturally aspirated power unit.
It should be interesting to see how mileage, drivability, and efficiency improve − stay tuned to GM Authority for more 2016 Volt news as it trickles out.