Finally, GM has been launched new electric vehicle, Chevy Volt. Second generation of Chevy’s range extender hybrid has been unveiled at this year’s Detroit Auto Show and sales will commence in second part of the year when 2016 Chevrolet Volt finally hits the streets.
Car has been reworked from bow to stern and now has better executed powertrain capable of returning much better numbers in all categories.
The Engine range and Performance
For starters, new Volt now has slightly larger range extending petrol engine, 1.5L in displacement. This 4-cylinder is capable of delivering 101 horsepower on its own, but it doesn’t work alone. It is tied to couple of electric generators and, together with them, yields 149 hp and 294 lb-ft of torque of total hybrid output. Battery pack is now larger too as 18.4 kWh lithium-ion unit raises capacity by additional 8 percent.
|Engine Type:||1.5L DOHC I-4|
|Output (kW / hp @ rpm):||75/101@5600 RPM|
|Fuel delivery:||Direct fuel injection|
|Max engine speed (rpm):||5600|
|Top speed (mph):||98|
Even though upgraded figures don’t seem to be all that higher, changes still matter as new Volt is expected to be able to travel more than 50 miles on electric power alone which is almost 30 percent more than in outgoing model.
Apart from offering longer all-electric range, 2016 Chevrolet Volt will offer better fuel economy ratings as well. 41 mpg combined will be the figures with internal-combustion engine turned on, whole 102 mpg are estimated figures with only electric generators and battery powering the car.
Redesign – Changes and Description
2016 Chevrolet Volt has lost its distinctive hybrid design, it seems. Car is still futuristic, but more conventional as well. This new layout represents a fine combination of both modern and conventional which is a fine feat to have. Front end fascia still clings to metallic plates which cover the grille and lower air intake, while headlights are now slimmer than they used to be.
|Wheelbase (in / mm):||106.1 / 2694|
|Overall length (in / mm):||180.4 / 1481|
|Overall width (in / mm):||71.2 / 1809|
|Height (in / mm):||56.4 / 1432|
Volt also has an arching roof which makes some problems to taller rear passengers, but luckily, seats are low to the floor which evens things out. Finally, new version of bowtie brand’s range extender carries on with its vertical tailgate which comes with large tail-lights and contrasting stripe that has Chevy’s badge upon it.
Don’t expect anything special inside as, even though being a $30k-plus car, Volt still represents an affordable option when all-electric range is concerned. Interior can seem a little bit plain and uninspiring, even if you opt for leather seats. Biggest changes can be found in instrument panel which had abandoned its capacitive controls and had reverted to good old-fashioned buttons and knobs. 2016 Chevrolet Volt serves as a Wi-Fi hotspot and has 4G LTE technology built-in.
7-inch touch screen display is standard with navigation which is nice, and it hangs from instrument panel’s upper part. All Volts come with standard airbags, electronic stability and traction control, and anti-lock brakes, while front and rear park assists, blind-spot monitoring, forward collision warning, lane-departure warning and adaptive cruise control are optional.
|Seating capacity (front / rear):||2 / 3||–|
|Headroom (in / mm):||37.8 / 961 (front)||35.8 / 909 (rear)|
|Shoulder room (in / mm):||56.5 / 1434 (front)||53.2 / 1351 (rear)|
|Hip room (in / mm):||53.7 / 1365 (front)||51.3 / 1304 (rear)|
|Legroom (in / mm):||42.1 / 1068 (front)||34.7 / 882 (rear)|
|Cargo volume (cu ft / L):||10.6 / 301||–|
2016 Chevrolet Volt Price
Moreover, Volt will offer around 420 miles of total range and should be at least $3,000 cheaper which should bring its price tag down to $32,000.
2016 Chevrolet Volt represents a definite upgrade over the outgoing model. It beats its predecessor in almost every category, but most importantly, it raises the bar when all-electric and total range are concerned, as well as fuel efficiency overall. The key rivals are Toyota Prius and BMW i3.
This model we can expect in selling in second half of this year. As you can to see, new Chevy Volt brings some changes and improvements. Therefore, there are some disadvantages and benefits.
New design – Inside and Outside
Improved efficiency and performance
Price is not final,yet
Safety options may be better