Chevrolet unveiled the fully redesigned 2016 Volt plug-in hybrid today at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The Volt gets an all-new look both inside and outside. In addition, the second-generation Volt is both more efficient and accelerates faster than the 2015 model, according to Chevrolet.
The 2016 Volt is powered by two electric motors and a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine. According to Chevrolet, the 2016 Volt can travel up to 50 miles on electricity, which is an improvement of 12 miles over the 2015 model. Chevrolet estimates that the Volt returns 102 mpg-equivalent (mpg-e) when running on electricity and 41 mpg combined when powered by the gas engine. For comparison, the 2015 model is rated by the EPA at 98 mpg-e on electricity and 37 mpg combined with the gas engine.
When connected to a standard 120-volt household outlet, Chevrolet says it takes about 13 hours to recharge a Volt with a depleted battery pack. When using a 240-volt power source, charging takes about 4.5 hours.
According to Autoblog, the 2016 Volt’s design takes some inspiration from the previous model but doesn’t appear quite as unique. “The new Volt is more conventional looking, but certainly not completely ordinary,” the publication writes.
The 2016 Chevy Volt comes standard with a rearview camera, and features like lane keep assist, lane departure warning and parallel park assist are available.
A major change to the Volt for 2016 is that it seats five people, whereas the 2015 model only seats four. Still, both Autoblog and Kicking Tires comment that while the new Volt does have a third seatbelt in the back, the middle seat’s space is limited due to a hump created by the battery pack.
Chevrolet says that the 2016 Volt will go on sale in the second half of this year. Pricing information has yet to be released.
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