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The media previews for the 2010 Beijing Motor Show are happening at the end of this week, and assuming a certain Icelandic volcano doesn't upset the atmosphere any further, we expect to be on hand. One of the many possible debuts is a new Chevrolet-badged MPV concept. What may make this vehicle particularly interesting is that it is said to be propelled by the same Voltec extended-range EV powertrain used in the Volt.

How might one reach this conclusion? Well, the design patent that was issued last week for the vehicle indicates that one of the credits is given to Bob Boniface, the design manager that led the development of the original Volt concept as well as the production Volt and Opel Ampera. The association with Boniface as well as some of the design details imply that this new vehicle will be an ER-EV. It's also worth noting that the shape of the headlamps and taillamps as well as other elements of the front fascia seem to be lifted directly from the Volt. A very similar looking vehicle appeared briefly in a GM video released last summer alongside the forthcoming production Chevrolet Orlando and featured the same blocked-off grille used on the Volt. This vehicle appears to be smaller than the Orlando and would likely be a roomier five-seat alternative to the Volt.


[Source: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, via GM Inside News]