Following an early preview at CES, GM has now unveiled the all-new 2016 Chevrolet Volt at Detroit Motor Show (NAIAS). The old Volt was a fairly successful car, but still, Chevy went ahead and revamped the car from the ground up in the new version.
The first thing you notice about the 2016 Chevrolet Volt is the way it looks. It has swapped some of its crazy, techy, futuristicy design features for more car-like elements. It boasts a somewhat controversial face, but the rest of the new Volt is actually pretty decent. And it’s extremely aerodynamically efficient as well.
More important than the looks, though, is what Chevy Volt can do. The new model comes with an updated propulsion system with a General Motors’-estimated total driving range of more than 400 miles. You still get a 1.5 liter range-extender, but the batteries are upgraded and have more capacity, and the electric motor is 12 percent more efficient than before. What’s more, the whole system is up to 100 pounds lighter (45 kg) than the first-gen Volt’s.
2016 Chevrolet Volt is also said to be stiffer, more refined, and generally more together than the old model. It is a lot more convenient too, boasting features like location-based charging via GPS, more intuitive charge status indicators, and Portable cord set enhancements. The car also features 10 airbags, rear-view camera, and a whole host of electronic aids including lane departure warning, side blind zone alert with lane change alert, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision alert and …
2016 Volt highlights:
- New two-motor drive unit is up to 12 percent more efficient and 100 pounds lighter (45 kg) than the first-generation drive unit
- Two-motor design enables 19 percent stronger zero-to-30 mph acceleration
- Battery capacity has increased to 18.4 kWh using 192 cells (96 fewer than current generation) with weight reduced by more than 20 pounds
- Regen on Demand™ feature enables driver control of energy regeneration via a convenient paddle on the back of the steering wheel
- New 1.5L range extender, designed to use regular unleaded fuel, offers a combined GM-estimated fuel efficiency of 41 mpg (EPA estimate pending)
- Stronger body structure and quieter ride
- New braking system with improved capability and blended Regen feel
- New, five-passenger seating with available rear heated seats
- Location-based charging capability
- 120V portable cord set has a simpler, compact design with more convenient storage location
- Available illuminated charge port