2014 Chevy Volt Rumored to Drop 1.4L I-4 for 2.0L Turbo-Four – Should It?

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The 2014 Chevrolet Volt may soon see significant powertrain changes. Inside EVs reports that the Volt's 1.4-liter four-banger will be dropped next year in favor of the Buick Verano Turbo's 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4. GM's got many engines in its stable, though – is the turbo-four also found in the Verano Turbo the right choice?

GM's got plenty of suitable powerplants for the Cruze-based Volt. As we see it, there are three engines that make the most sense as a generator for the Volt: the Verano Turbo's 2.0-liter turbo I-4; the Chevy Cruze's 1.4-liter turbo I-4, or the 2013 Cruze's 2.0-liter turbodiesel I-4.

Though the 2.0-liter turbo I-4 is capable of over 250 hp, we think a detuned unit would not only provide a major boost over the Volt's current 1.4-liter I-4, but also be better suited to the upcoming Cadillac ELR, which can sacrifice a little efficiency for added performance.

Perhaps a better option would be a turbocharged version of the engine the Volt already has. The Cruze's 138-hp 1.4-liter turbocharged I-4. This efficient engine would be an easy retrofit under the hood and provide a boost in power up to 138 hp.

The third option is the riskiest, yet many enthusiasts find it the most appealing: the 2013 Cruze's 2.0-liter turbodiesel I-4. Even though diesel sales are rising in the United States, many buyers remain wary of oil burners. A low-revving 2.0-liter turbodiesel would be an efficient way to charge the Volt and likely have a positive impact on fuel economy when not operating on electricity.

If you were to build the 2014 Volt your way, what would you do? Sound off in the comments below.

Source: Inside EVs

 

carmen
I would make it a five seater. Lots of families would love to go more green with their vehicles but with limited seating its impossible. One more seat is all I ask!
Vlad
my Volt lifetime mpg is 110... try that with turbo diesel. The serial hybrid is not a myth, every other diesel train engine is build like one - and for a good rason
aldoty
@Vlad   well you will have to pay to replace that battery pack and their goes your saving!! diesel engines will go 1 million miles + how meny battery packs is that? how far can you go befor recharge? travel as far as you want with the diesel!!
pccluvVW
Diesel and a gas option. Diesel would give the economy needed.
Phil Macaluso
Admit the price mistake and the electric myth and go with the turbo diesel . Try for 50 mpg hwy. Ha Ha you asked the question and I am reporting my opinion, not that it is shared by Chevy or its confused customers.
btc909
Diesel but that won't happen due to CAFE. Putting a Turbo in is just GM rummaging through the parts pin looking for more performance and to try & justify the insane price tag. GM doesn't grasp the concept of correcting a price mistake from day 1.
aldoty
@btc909  they already have it in the 14 cruze!! 46 MPG under  $28,000
Dean in ATL
Best case for everyone? Different choices in powertrain, and maybe even different 'lines', if you will. For example, a 'Sport' line (yeah, laugh if you want) with the 2.0T with some performance and style upgrades, a 1.4T as the every man's line, and the diesel as the efficiency-plus edition. Still, either way, the diesel would be my preferred choice. Oh, but to have choice!
Lloyd S. Vance
I would have the internal engine run everytime the volt is driven, driving a huge alternator to recharge the Volt's battery.
Marked Man
Go with the Diesel. The gains in economy would be almost immediate.

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