2013 Chevrolet Volt will offer EV mode and new looks

Article by Christian A., on April 18, 2012

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.

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.

The Chevrolet Volt's daring, smooth, performance-driven posture communicates its electric capabilities and a fashionable midsized sport sedan look. This is created through its wide front and rear tracks (61.2 / 62.1 inches [1,556 / 1,578 mm]), wheelbase (105.7-inch [2,685 mm]), wheels-out stance, sculptured belt line, and premium experience.

The Volt is an innovative car that Chevrolet wanted to design to convey an elegant and active statement so that when anyone looks at it, one can see the extremely technical and refined execution, with many interconnecting surfaces making clean edges and creases.

GM’s engineering team worked closely with aerodynamicists at its own wind tunnel to design the Volt, developing Chevrolet’s most aerodynamic vehicle. Less energy is needed to handle air resistance, Chevrolet Volt’s aerodynamicists added about eight miles of electric range and 50 miles of extended range.

A curved and flushed front fascia, with tapering corners and grille, enables easier air flow around the Volt, reducing drag. At the back, precise edges and a sensibly designed spoiler regulate air flow. A strong rake on the windshield and back glass also aid in reducing turbulence and drag.

Throughout the vehicle, the gap and flush between each element is as good or better than any other comparable car, including even the under-hood compartment. All components maintain the same high appearance standard, harmonising with the rest of the car, with similar grained surfaces and colours.

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