Next Generation 2016 Chevy Volt Unveiled in Detroit

Posted by: Kenny Chan onJanuary 12th, 2015

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After offering a sneak peek at the next generation Chevy Volt at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Chevrolet has now officially unveiled the new EV here in Detroit at the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) at their high-tech booth adorned with 20 foot tall transparent display screens.

The new Chevy Volt gets a slight makeover on the front end, the split-grille from the older model has been broken up into two distinct grilles with the Chevy badge making its new home inside the smaller top grille. The larger lower grille features active grille shutters that close during higher speeds. The LED fog lights have been rotated 90 degrees and now resemble a pair of fangs (or whiskers depending on how you see this car).

We saw in Vegas how the new Volt looked, so what is different under the hood? Before we start let’s recap some of the current generation Volt specs. Armed with a 1.4L four-cylinder engine and electric motor the current Volt can make it 38 miles on all-electric power before the gas engine powers up giving it a total range of 375+ miles.

The new 2016 Chevy Volt gets a slightly bigger 1.5L four-cylinder gas engine. The electrical propulsion system has been updated to a two motor based system delivering nnearly 20% stronger acceleration down low (0 – 48 km/h). The new drive unit sheds 100 pounds off the new Volt. The battery has also been upgraded to a 18.4 kWh unit that not only provides a longer all-electric range of 50 miles (38 miles on current gen Volt), but also sheds another 21 pounds. The new overall range is expected to be more than 400 miles (about 20 miles more than the existing Volt). 0-60 times have been reduced to 8.4 seconds.

“The 2016 Chevrolet Volt provides our owners with a no-compromise electric driving experience,” said Alan Batey, president of GM North America. “We believe our engineering prowess combined with data from thousands of customers allows us to deliver the most capable plug-in vehicle in the industry.”

The Volt retains its signature dual digital color displays with an eight-inch-diagonal reconfigurable screen in the instrument cluster to relay driver information. An additional eight-inch-diagonal touch screen in the center of the instrument panel controls the Chevrolet MyLink system. Other changes on the inside include new seating for give, with available heated rear seats.

So, amidst the plummeting oil prices does a vehicle like the Volt stand a chance? Even with Federal incentives driving down the price of the Volt, it would be tough sell unless oil and gas prices rebound. The average gas price across the US is nearing $2/gallon and in Canada we’ve dipped below $0.90/L (and as low as $0.75/L in some parts of Canada). Even before the current rock bottom gas prices Volt sales were already slipping, perhaps with the new Volt buyers will return once again, or perhaps not. We shall see. In the mean time check out a few more shots of the Volt below.



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