Ever since GM unveiled the Cadillac Converj concept, speculation has swirled regarding when GM will bring a luxury version of the Chevy Volt to market. The on-then-off-then-on-again saga of the Converj, now called the ELR, has me a little jaded about any news regarding a luxury/performance version of the Volt. But a new set of pictures are the first hard proof that GM is up to something…and that something wears dubs, yo.
(Note: Since I can’t afford to shell out for these pictures, and I don’t want to get sued for copyright infringement, just go to this link to see what I am talking about)
Even before the Volt came out, it was pretty much a given that a luxury version would be in the works. There was also word that GM was considering a sportier Volt SS, and the Cadillac ELR could be rear-wheel drive. These pictures of the Volt wearing big, shiny wheels is pretty good proof that at the very least, work on the Cadillac version of the Volt is well under way.
From the factory, the Volt comes with 17-inch alloys wrapped in low-rolling resistance rubber for efficiency’s sake. But these heavy 20-inch rims with high-performance tires are all about style over substance. While I doubt this test mule is rear-wheel drive, the wheels and tires definitely indicate what direction GM is going with whatever it is being tested in these photos.
If you ask me, the Volt should have been marketed as a luxury vehicle to begin with, before working it down into the lower price brackets. It’ll be interesting to see how many derivatives GM can peel off of the Volt; is a sporter, rear-drive version really in the works? What about a minivan or crossover? Whatever they come up with, hopefully it will be a lot cheaper, and less controversial, than the Volt.
Source: LeftLane News