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.