GM talks about camouflage and shows part of the next-generation Volt image

The US automaker has showed today a little part of the next-generation Volt plug-in hybrid through a sneak peak of a test car that was completely covered in camouflage.

We’re all familiar with the dizzying black and white camouflage automakers employ to protect their precious future products from the preying eyes of spy photographers. And it’s understandably – if you knew two years ahead how the new model would look, when it finally came out would you buy it?

As it turns out, when it comes to General Motors at least, the No. 1 US automaker has a “camouflage engineer” that is tasked to design the material that protects the sensitive models from the general public’s curious eyes.

“If it were up to me it would be a shoebox driving down the road,” said Lionel Perkins, GM camouflage engineer, in a statement. “The design team wants us to cover more of the vehicle and the engineering team needs to have enough of the vehicle’s weight and aero exposed so that the tests in the development process are consistent with the product that will come to market.”

The next Chevrolet Volt will be most likely revealed during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January, as the image that shows just the front half’s left side gives us little information. Nevertheless, reports mull an extended electric range for the plug-in hybrid and a possible reduction of the US base price of $35,000. The current generation model – first introduced as a concept back in 2007 and in production form in 2010 – has an all-electric range of 38 miles, and after that a small gasoline engine acting as a generator kicks in.