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Dave Barthmuss, the group manager for General Motors' western region, has announced a new plug-in hybrid crossover will be introduced at the 2012 North American International Auto Show.

The vehicle could be a production version of the Volt MPV5 concept. As we have previously reported, the crossover features a 16-kWh lithium-ion battery that sends power to an electric motor with 111 kW (150 hp / 152 PS) and 273 lb-ft (370 Nm) of torque. The concept only travels up to 51.5 km (32 miles) on electricity alone, but a 1.4-liter engine acting as a generator extends the range up to 482 km (300 miles).

There's also the possibility the vehicle could be based on the Chevrolet Equinox and use the plug-in hybrid system from the defunct Saturn Vue / Buick crossover.

Gallery: GM plug-in hybrid crossover coming to 2012 NAIAS - report

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