Just like the Prius was the original hybrid car, the Volt must be the original range extender vehicle. The original model was quite successful not only thanks to its great powertrain, but also thanks to its design as well as its interior. All of these made for a really nice package which was affordable, good looking and fuel efficient. The new 2016 Chevrolet Volt is expected to improved the older car in every possible way, so we expect a more fuel efficient engine, a nicer exterior, as well as a better equipped interior that will use nicer materials than before.
While the platform will remain mostly the same, most of the internals are going to change. The suspension is now going to be lighter, while the brake discs are going to be smaller thanks to the fact that it will now use a lot more regenerative braking than before. This will not only save energy, but it will also produce less heat, as well as it will make it quieter down the road. Besides this, the new Volt will also receive an all new active aerodynamic system which will make it around 20% more aerodynamic, so the fuel consumption and the noise are going to go down.
Hybrid Engine, Specs, Performance
Engine wise, the 2016 Chevrolet Volt is going to feature an all-new powertrain which is said to be GM’s new hybrid engine. The electric motor will generate 149 horsepower (111 kW) and up to 294 lb-ft of torque (398 Nm), while the 1.5L four-cylinder petrol unit is able to produce 101 hp (75 kW). While in normal operation the car will only use the electric motor, under sudden and heavy acceleration, the petrol engine will kick in to offer all the available power. This should reduce the fuel consumption by around 5%. However, thanks to a new set of batteries, as well as a more efficient regenerative braking system, the new Volt will run up to 50 miles (80 km) on electricity alone, which is quite a massive boost over the previous generation. With full tank and 100%-charged batteries, range extends to 420 miles.
The only drawback here is that the petrol engine is less powerful, so in the range extender mode the car will be limited to 65 horsepower, which is enough to get it to highway speed, but not much else. The car can reach the speed of 60 miles per hour in more than 8 seconds, while its top speed is 98 mph. When it comes to the fuel economy and electric efficiency, it is rated at 41 mpg combined and 102 mpg-e.
2016 Chevrolet Volt Interior, Exterior
On the interior, General Motors is going to get a lot of things from the Astra as well as from the Cruze in order to give it a nice quality interior that won’t cost too much. As standard the 2016 Chevrolet Volt will get satellite navigation, an infotainment unit, a premium audio system, leather wrapped steering wheel and even USB and LTE connectivity. Leather upholstery won’t be available, but there is going to be an Alcantara interior on the higher end model.
The exterior of the 2016 Chevrolet Volt will change just as much as the rest of it. While the basic shape will remain mostly unchanged, the front of the sedan will be a lot more aggressive, as well as more normal than before. Chevrolet gave it a similar look to the Camaro or the new Impala which is always nice, but it does take away from the older model which even though it was a bit strange, it did look good.
Chevrolet Volt Release Date, Price
The release date hasn’t been announced, but we expect it to come by the end of 2015, most likely this autumn. The base price of the 2016 Chevrolet Volt is said to start at $33,995, which does include delivery fees, making it less expensive than the current model.