2016 Chevrolet Volt Release Date, Review, Price – The automaker hailed the all-electric Chevrolet Volt as the game changer on its debut almost four years ago, but we must acknowledge that it has not worked out that way. Despite the Volt outselling more than its close rivals especially in the US, the Volt might be lacking in crucial performance specs like slow acceleration and so on.

2016 Chevrolet Volt - side view
Side view of a new Chevrolet Volt

In view of the above, the Chevrolet hasn’t been able to dethrone more seasoned hybrids like the Ford Fusion and Toyota Prius which are the mainstream gas/electric hybrids. The automaker has even gone ahead and reduced the current sticker price by up to 5,000 USD with the intention of igniting sales again.

However, Chevrolet Volt for the next year will come refreshed with new performance specs that will range from just the aesthetic features to the more technical ones under its hood. It will come with a deserved refinement, fuel efficiency and improved all-electric range.

The new 2016 Chevrolet Volt will certainly become the ultimate consideration of anyone looking for a hybrid sedan. The review below will come in handy to anyone aspiring to own the new Volt.

2016 Chevrolet Volt – Specs

The new generation of Chevrolet Volt will come with a new chassis that replace the ageing one that was in the previous Chevy Cruz platform. This will consequently lead to a reduction in weight of the car and will improve both handling and performance.

Despite the changes, the battery pack will still be retained, and so does everything else such as, the channel hump and the rear seat area. In a fresh tweak, the rear seat now belts three occupants rather than two in the current model.

The auto company says that the refreshed battery pack now weighs a paltry 21 lbs. less than the previous generation currently in the market. Its storage capacity has also increased and now stores up to 18.4 kWh and comes with fewer cells.

For better handling, the battery cells are mounted about half an inch lower for improved centre of gravity for stability and handling purposes. The all new AWD system will now make use of two smaller electric motors instead of a single one that was bigger, which the automobile company says weighs 100 pounds less and saves on costs too due to the use less expensive rare earth materials.

Interior and Exterior Design

The interior of the new 2016 Chevrolet Volt will be something worth waiting for. It will come with three drive modes that will include the Norma, Sport and Mountain. These modes will come in handy especially when the driver is seeking to adjust the deceleration and the quantity of regenerated braking energy as well.

2016 Chevrolet Volt interior photos
Chevrolet Volt – interior photos

For charging purposes, the new Volt will come with a new GPS based system that will initiate charging when the vehicle is plugged in away from home. Buyers should look forward to a revised centre stack, finicky sensitive controls, 8” touch screen display, etc.

2016 Chevrolet Volt front view
2016 Chevrolet Volt – front view

Moving on to the exterior, the Volt will come with seven exterior colours that buyers should look forward to. According to GM, they have said the exterior is going to be both ‘bold and flowing’.

2016 Chevrolet Volt rear side
2016 Chevrolet Volt – rear side

With that said, we should expect a strong visual statement and attributes that will make the new Volt the centre of attention.

Engine Specs

Under the hood of the car there will be a combination of two electric motors and a 1.5L four cylinder gasoline engine. The synergy between the two powerplants will result in the generation of up to 149 hp and 294 pounds of torque, while the 4-cylinder one will contribute about 101 hp.

The 4-cylinder engine acts as a generator that will primarily send electricity to the battery pack for onward transmission. It will also be a range extender that will enable the Volt to continue even after the battery charge has been depleted.

The engine, depending on the prevailing conditions, can either be drive on an all-electric powerplant or blended with an electric motor.

With the improved efficiency and reduced weight of the car, the 2016 Chevrolet Volt will now make a quicker acceleration and an extended range. It will be able to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 8.4 seconds, which will be a slight increment from the previous version.

2016 Chevrolet Volt 1.5L gasoline engine
1.5L gasoline engine

On a full tank of gas and a full charge, the new Volt will now be able to cover 420 miles. Also the improved fuel economy will now be 41 mpg.

Price and Release Date

The all-new 2016 Chevrolet Volt will be released during the end of next year with a base cost of around 33,000 USD as the base MSRP price, or you could also decide to lease it from the local dealers. On the official website you can find more useful details.

2016 Chevrolet Volt - the motor show
2016 Chevrolet Volt on a motor show

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