This is it: the all-new 2016 Chevrolet Volt electric car with extended range has been unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show. The second-generation Volt gets new exterior and interior designs, greater efficiency and stronger acceleration, while also offering 50 miles (81 km) of all-electric range.
GM estimates the 2016 Volt will offer a total driving range of more than 400 miles (644 km). With regular charging, owners are expected to travel more than 1,000 miles (1,609 km) on average between gas fill-ups.
The 2016 Volt is powered by a new two-motor drive unit that produces 111kW (149hp) and 294lb-ft (398Nm) of torque, which combined with a 101hp 1.5-liter range extender engine offers a combined GM-estimated fuel efficiency of 41 mpg (5.73 l/100 km). The Voltec propulsion system is up to 12 percent more efficient and 100 pounds (45 kg) lighter than the first-generation drive unit.
The new Volt also goes from 0 to 30 mph (48 km/h) in 2.6 seconds (19 percent quicker than before) and from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 8.4 seconds (7 percent quicker). Battery capacity has increased to 18.4 kWh using 192 cells (96 fewer than current generation), with the battery weight reduced by more than 21 pounds (9.8 kg). Charging times are about 13 hours at a 120V outlet and 4.5 hours at a 240V outlet.
Going on sale in the second half of 2015, the second generation Chevrolet Volt also features a new exterior design which can be labeled as an evolution of the previous model. Chevrolet says the shape of the car is “inspired by the toned physiques of athletes and even the natural shapes of wind-swept sands,” with carved body sides and fenders that blend into the hood.
The front-end retains the Volt identity, with bright upper and lower grille pads, and introduces active grille shutters. Inside, the new Volt includes seating for five, fresh colors complemented by blue ambient lighting and controls that are more intuitively placed and simpler to operate.
The car retains the 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.
Standard features include rear-vision camera, ten air bags (including driver and front-passenger knee air bags), while available active safety features include lane keep assist with lane departure warning, side blind zone alert with lane change alert, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision alert with following distance indicator, front automatic braking, and advanced park assist with front and rear park assist (semi-automatic parallel parking).