Next generation Chevy Volt may get a 3-cylinder engine image

According to some media reports, preparations for the next generation Chevrolet Volt are in high gear, and besides the usual redesign of the plug-in electric car, the next Volt will get a new 3-cylinder engine.

Motor Trend believes the engine in question is the new 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder – the same unit that will be found initially under the Opel Adam’s city car hood. General Motors considers that the 1.0-liter I-3 will create as much power as its current 1.6-liter four-cylinder, while being 20 percent more efficient. Currently, the Adam is powered by either a 70-hp 1.2-liter I-4 or a 87-hp 1.4-liter I-4.

Additionally, media reports have suggested that the next-gen Volt will get a dedicated lightweight platform. But considering the fact that the automaker has already trim the price by $5000 (yes you can get a Chevrolet Volt not for about $34,995 after destination) we don’t think so, mostly because that will raise the costs too high – so expect it to remain on the same platform as the Cruze and Buick Verano. However we do expect some modifications to maximize weight savings and wring out more electric range.

“For something to be significant to me, I gotta get at least 20 percent improvement in performance,” General Motors chief executive Dan Akerson told Bloomberg News.

“If we can get it up to 50-60 miles or more, we will, but that’s gonna be another three to four years out.”