Note: After publication this story was revised to accurately reflect the Volt’s drivetrain.
Anyone thinking about switching to a Chevrolet Volt should consider waiting, at least if inside information leaked today about the 2014 model year is true.
When the Volt first came to market last year it was the product of a cash-strapped General Motors that couldn’t or didn’t justify extra spending on making the Volt everything it could be. Thankfully, GM seems to have staved off financial ruin and it looks like that success might translate into an improved lineup.
Coming just days after we learned the 2013 Volt will have slightly improved range, it looks like anyone buying the car before its 2014 model year debut will be getting a sour deal. That’s because the unimpressive 1.4-liter four-cylinder the company currently uses will supposedly be replaced by a much more powerful 2.0-liter turbocharged unit scheduled the Buick Verano next year, InsideEVs reports.
Only making 149 hp out of its current electric drivetrain, the Volt has never been about performance driving, which might make you wonder why the automaker would be looking at an engine change at all.
Between the current engine and electric drivetrain, the car makes 149 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. That’s not too bad, but if the leaked information turns out to be true we could see those numbers spike significantly. The 2.0-liter engine would likely offer more than double the current engine’s power, which could be a more efficient and powerful charging system for Volts made in 2014.
Then again, the Volt’s relatively high pre-tax credit price mean any improvements could serve to make it a more attractive purchase to buyers able to afford a price that costs more than a BMW 328i, for example.