With the forthcoming proliferation of electric vehicle offerings in GM’s lineup, it makes sense to take a moment and look back at some of the hybrids and EVs that came before. The Chevrolet Volt MPV5 concept is a great candidate for this, as it combined a number of features and attributes that may have catapulted it to success, had it made it to production status.
The Chevrolet Volt MPV5 concept debuted just as the first-generation Volt was launching, dropping cover on April 23rd, 2010, at the Beijing International Auto Show. The concept was based on the GM Delta platform, underpinnings shared with the production Volt, and also came with aero-centric styling inspired by the production Volt and adapted to the Chevrolet Orlando.
Inside, the Chevrolet Volt MPV5 concept took further cues from the Volt with regard to its center stack and gauge cluster, while also offering two-tone leather upholstery.
Arguably the most important aspect of the Chevrolet Volt MPV5 concept was its powertrain. Providing motivation was the same Voltec technology as the first-generation Volt, including a T-shaped lithium-ion battery pack and 1.4L gas-powered internal combustion engine.
The end result of this combo was a five-seater MPV/crossover (the Volt only sat four passengers) with an extended-range hybrid-electric powertrain.
Unfortunately, the Chevrolet Volt MPV5 never made it to production. However, if GM did follow through, it’s entirely possible the Voltec system may still been around today, despite the recent discontinuation of the Volt.
In fact, a production-ready Chevrolet Volt MPV5 may have outperformed the Volt five-door liftback in terms of sales, given the crossover craze that started to take hold around 2013 – right around the time a production version of the MPV5 would have come to market.
Unfortunately, we’ll never know for sure how this GM-bred crossover would have performed in the real world, especially now that General Motors is focusing on purely all-electric models over hybrids. Nevertheless, the Chevrolet Volt MPV5 concept is still worth remembering.