Build it Your Way: 2014 Chevrolet Volt – 1.4L Turbo, 2.0L Turbo, or 2.0L Diesel? With Poll

Love it or hate it, the Chevrolet Volt is a technological marvel. It’s an electric vehicle that seamlessly switches to a 1.4-liter naturally aspirated I-4 to charge its battery once it’s out of juice. According to Inside EVs, the Volt’s 1.4-liter I-4 will be replaced in the 2014 Volt by a version of the gas-powered 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 found in the Buick Verano Turbo. That got us thinking – what would we like to see under the hood of the 2014 Volt?

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.

2013 Chevrolet Volt rear three quarter charging1 300x187 imageThough 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 helped the Cruze Eco perform admirably during our recent 40-mpg compact sedan comparison. 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? Select your preference in the poll, and make sure to sound off in the comments below.

Source: Inside EVs

By Christian Seabaugh