GM unveiled its all-new 2016 Chevrolet Volt at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show and as expected, the new vehicle shows a brand new design and promises greater efficiency and better acceleration. The second-generation Volt uses a 1.5-liter DOHC four-cylinder petrol engine a.k.a. range extender that produces 101 hp at 5600 rpm.
The new two-motor drive unit is also 12 percent more efficient than the first-generation and also 100 pounds lighter (45 kg). According to GM, the two-motor drive unit delivers a total output of 149 hp and 249 lb-ft of torque. GM says that the 2016 Volt accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 8.4 seconds (0-30 mph in 2.6 seconds), while top speed is 98 mph or 157 km/h.
Furthermore, battery capacity improved to 18.4 kWh using 192 cells (96 fewer than current generation), while the weight was reduced by more than 20 pounds (9.8 kg). Using just the energy stored in the battery, the 2016 Volt offers an all-electric range of 60 miles (80 km). Still, using both the energy from stored in the battery as well as the range extender, the 2016 Volt offers a range of 420 miles (676 km).
Fuel economy is 41 mpg, while the electric efficiency is 102 mpg-e. When it comes to design, the 2016 Volt shows new, muscular lines as well as new features such as active grille shutters. Despite the new design, the front-end appearance retains the iconic Volt identity, with bright upper and lower grille pads. Inside, the new Volt offers enough room for five adults, while the controls are more intuitively placed.