2016 Chevrolet Volt Changes — What’s Known before 2015 NAIAS Debut

The redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Volt will be introduced at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. Although the automaker’s announcements are scarce, we know some details about the second-generation of the plug-in hybrid. The next-gen Volt will be radically different. Looking from the outside, the appearance will be drastically changed. New exterior design will make the five-door hatchback more attractive than before, but probably the most important improvement will be inside.

Reportedly, the 2016 Chevy Volt will have a new powertrain. Despite the fact that they were focused on improving the car’s efficiency and performance, the all-electric driving range has been slightly improved. All the details about the new powertrain are kept secret, but it’s known that the new hybrid setup will come with two electric motors which can be used both to power the car and as generators.


Since they wanted to improve the car’s efficiency and performance, one of the most fundamental changes the 2016 Chevrolet Volt suffered is getting a new platform. Based on a new architecture, developed especially for electric vehicles, the Volt’s next generation will probably come with surprising specs.

2016 Chevrolet Volt Camouflage

Chevrolet Volt Chief Engineer Mr. Andrew Farah in front of Camouflaged 2016 Chevrolet Volt | © General Motors


2016 Chevrolet Volt Body Changes

There are numerous other changes. In fact, it would be hard to find out which aspect of the current Volt hasn’t been changed. The total redesign will shed the car’s weight, but it will also change the style. With new exterior design, the 2016 Chevrolet Volt will slightly alter the recognizable silhouette. While the current Volt has a body shape of a conventional five-door hatchback, the 2016 Volt will be more aggressive, since it gained new fastback styling cues.

2016 Chevy Volt Voltec

Voltec Drive Unit | © General Motors

New Electric Motors

As it was expected, the 2016 Chevrolet Volt will be loaded with the latest technology. This won’t be just the new plug-in hybrid powertrain. But, the new setup will, unlike the current one, join two electric motors together so they can be used both as generators and motors which power the vehicle. Of course, the engines can simultaneously power the car, but their use can be separated.

The engines share the same stator, but they have separate rotors. This system’s efficiency has been improved by 12 percent and this isn’t the only improvement. Thanks to the automaker’s efforts, it’s approximately a hundred pounds lighter in comparison with the current one. The 2016 Chevy Volt will come with four driving modes which haven’t been disclosed yet.

2016 Chevrolet Volt Voltec Electric Motor

Voltec Electric Motor | © General Motors

2016 Chevy Volt Comes with Improved Battery Pack

The hybrid setup has a new battery pack. While the OEM is the same, the new batteries have increased energy density. Reportedly, the increase is around 20 percent. This improvement will affect the Volt’s performance and efficiency, but not directly.

The new battery pack has 192 cells, while the current one has 288, but its capacity remained the same. This change decreased the weight of the 2016 Chevy Volt by additional 30 pounds. It will also result in extended driving range, but there’s no official information about it yet.

2016 Chevrolet Volt Battery Pack

New Battery Pack | © General Motors

1.5-Liter Four-Cylinder Ecotec Engine to Be Paired with Electric Motors

The engine paired with the coupled electric motors will be a 1.5-liter four-cylinder Ecotec mill. They could use an engine with smaller displacement, but this four-banger gives enough power to ensure that the 2016 Volt will have the same performance in all situations.

In fact, it’s different from the other 1.5-liter Ecotec four-cylinder engines, since it’s been developed especially for the new Volt. And while it has the same basic configuration, its features are different from the rest of the family.

2016 Chevrolet Volt Teaser Image

New Volt Teaser Image | © General Motors

2016 Chevrolet Volt Release Date and Possible Price Decrease

The 2016 Chevrolet Volt will be introduced at the 2015 NAIAS this January. The first production models won’t hit the showrooms in the first half of 2015, but the release date is certainly close.

One of the most important features of the new-generation Chevrolet Volt is expected to be slightly lower price. The redesign should bring the automaker a viable business case, so they can actually earn on the plug-in hybrid. It’s hard to say whether the lower production cost will affect the car’s price, but it would be great if they could decrease the price of the 2016 Volt.

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