The 2013 Chevrolet Volt will come with revisions to its EV mode functions and looks, according to General Motors enthusiast site GMInsidenews. The report cites a source who claims to have read the advanced ordering guide for the 2013 models. The source also said that the 2013 model will have modest changes while the 2014 model year will have more extensive changes.
Included in the primary changes for the 2013 model are a body-colored roof panel and rear hatch trim while the outgoing car uses black (regardless of exterior paint color). Furthermore, a new EV hold mode permits the cars to be driven while the internal-combustion range extender is running, making sure that there’s all-electric power for urban areas or in the latter part of the commute.
The 2013 Volt has a new mode that’s similar to the existing “mountain mode.” The difference is that the battery maintains its full charge. In the current version, the mountain mode will charge to 40%.
The EV hold feature is presently available in the Opel Ampera, the Volt’s European sibling. It’s also believed that the 2013 Volt will get the optional MyLink system on models that have the navigation system, as well as the available lane departure warning and forward collision alert. [source: GMInsideNews]