2016 Chevrolet Volt teased, will debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show

Article by Christian A., on August 8, 2014

GM finally announced that the next-generation Chevy Volt will debut in January, at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. These words came from Global Chevrolet Chief Marketing Officer Tim Mahoney. In addition, the manufacturer said that the 2016 Chevrolet Volt will continue on the same successful path taken by the current version but declined to give us any details regarding its new technology.

A source revealed us the fact that the 2016 Volt will offer an electric range of around 200 miles (320 km) but still, nothing is official. Priced from $34,170, the current Chevrolet Volt uses a 1.4-liter gasoline power range extender that generates 84 hp and powers the 55kW generator as well as by an electric motor developing 149 hp (111 kW) and 370 Nm (273 lb-ft) of torque.

Energy is stored in the 17.1 kWh lithium-ion battery, which offers a range of 37 miles (60 km), while helped by the internal combustion engine the range is 500 km (310 mph). We do expect to see some impressive numbers from the 2016 Volt.

For the 2016 model year, the new Chevrolet Volt is given an all-new, muscular design that incorporates the brand’s styling cues inspired by its performance DNA and refined in the wind tunnel.

The 2016 Chevrolet Volt is provided with new features – like active grille shutters – that help strike a balance between design and efficiency. Its flowing, dynamic shape takes inspiration from the natural shapes of wind-swept sands as well as the toned body of athletes, as evident on its sculptured body sides and fenders blending into the hood. Its front end still retained the already iconic Volt identity, featuring bright upper and lower grille pads.

Chevy paid utmost attention to the design cues, colors and materials to give the Volt a more premium, modern appearance. Some hallmark elements from the first-generation vehicle have found their way into the latest iteration, like characteristic Volt signature on the upper front doors.

Meanwhile, the cabin of the new Volt – with the capacity to accommodate up to five people -- features an upscale interior atmosphere complemented by blue ambient lighting and marked by more intuitive and simpler controls.

Just like the previous generation, the new Volt features signature dual digital color displays. An eight-inch-diagonal reconfigurable screen is found in the instrument cluster and another screen display -- controlling the Chevrolet MyLink system -- is fitted in the center of the instrument panel. Since the center dash features fewer icons, it is now easier to operate, as complemented by separate climate control knobs and buttons placed below the center display.

Press Release

Next Generation Volt to debut at 2015 NAIAS

The next generation Chevrolet Volt will debut at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Global Chevrolet Chief Marketing Officer Tim Mahoney said today.

The 2016 Volt will build on the award-winning original’s strong foundation of technology innovation. Volt sales were up 13 percent in July and more than 65,000 have been sold since it was introduced – making it the best-selling plug-in passenger car in the U.S. market.

Volt owners are driving more than 63 percent of their overall miles in electric vehicle mode, collectively logging more than 500 million gas-free miles since the Volt’s retail debut in 2010. That has saved more than 25 million gallons of gasoline.

While the driving range in EV mode can be affected by temperature, driving technique and terrain, the ease with which Volt drivers are avoiding gasoline use demonstrates the Volt’s suitability for almost any lifestyle.

Volt owners who charge regularly typically drive more than 970 miles between fill-ups and visit the gas station less than once a month.

The Volt has received multiple customer satisfaction awards from leading third-parties. According to a recent leading independent satisfaction survey, the Volt is the highest-rated compact car under $55,000. Owners are showing their satisfaction as well. For the past three years, a leading customer publication has reported survey results showing more than 90 percent of Volt owners said they would definitely buy a Volt again.

The Volt continues to draw buyers from non-General Motors’ products. In the 2013 calendar year, nearly seven of 10 new Volt buyers traded in a non-GM vehicle, the majority of which were Toyota Priuses.

Among its accolades, the 2014 Volt has been recognized for its safety, most recently receiving the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety 2014 Top Safety Pick+ designation for vehicles equipped with an available Forward Collision Alert system.

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