Chevy Crossvolt Registration Renewed: Does This Indicate Anything?

According to the Autoblog report based on the Fox News article, General Motors applied for renewal of their registered Crossvolt trademark last August. Should we consider this automaker’s move as intent to release a crossover hybrid vehicle? At the Beijing Motor Show back in 2010, a Chevrolet hybrid crossover appeared in front of the public for the first time. The concept was called the Chevrolet Volt MPV5 and it was a blend of a roomy body and a plug-in hybrid powertrain.

The announced premiere of the 2016 Chevrolet Volt at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show might bring yet another surprise. Perhaps they could unveil a crossover version of the redesigned Chevy Volt. Of course, we can’t conclude all of this based on the fact that General Motors filed for renewal of the Crossvolt nameplate registration, but it would be great if they could offer a completely new vehicle.

2016 Chevrolet Volt Front Fascia Teased

Chevrolet Volt Chief Design Director John Cafaro (left) and Volt Chief Engineer Andrew Farah (right) next to the 2016 Chevy Volt at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show | © General Motors

The 2016 Volt’s Voltec powertrain is now good enough to be used inside bigger vehicles, too. With new electric motors and other powertrain changes, the new Volt will have efficiency increased by 12 percent. Along with the new electric motors, the 2016 Chevrolet Volt will bring new batteries with better energy density, new features and improved performance.

Of course, our knowledge about the next-gen Volt is limited, since they’re keeping all the details until the upcoming 2015 NAIAS. But still, we know that the hybrid’s driving range will be improved. There’s no precise information about that improvement, we can’t say how many miles will be added, but having in mind all the powertrain changes, we don’t expect drastically increased driving range.

Do They Really Plan to Release Crossvolt?

Of course, all of those speculations are based solely on the GM’s renewal of the Crossvolt trademark registration. This is the only indication that they’re going to make a Prius V and C-MAX Hybrid rival. But, would they bother to do so if they have absolutely no plans regarding the Crossvolt?

When we think about the current Chevrolet’s lineup and their plug-in hybrid technology, there’s no doubt that the Bow Tie must have its representative in the attractive green crossover market niche, and they’ll probably release one sooner or later. It’s just questionable whether they’re going to release it soon enough.

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