In design, the 2016 Chevy Volt blends sculpted, muscular proportions with aerodynamic efficiency, and an all-new interior with seating for five and improved functionality. At the front, the new active grille shutters are purposeful to lend a balance design with efficiency. Volt’s flowing, dynamic shape 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 appearance retains the iconic Volt identity, with bright upper and lower grille pads. Side and rear profiles get enhanced cues, materials and colors for a more premium, contemporary outlook. Additionally, it retains the distinctive Volt signature on the upper front doors, carrying over one of the first-generation’s identifiers.
The 2016 Chevy Volt is a five-seater that features fresh colors, with blue ambient lighting, on the inside to exude an inviting upscale aura. On the dashboard, the controls are more intuitively placed and simpler to operate. Elsewhere, the electric car retains its signature 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.
In the engine or propulsion department, an all-new, second-generation Voltec extended range electric vehicle (EREV) propulsion system is the power behind the 2016 Volt’s increased all-electric driving range, and the efficiency and acceleration factors. The Voltec system includes the battery, drive unit, range-extending engine and power electronics.
New propulsion system gives the 2016 Chevrolet Volt more range and juice
The 2016 Volt uses an 18.4 kWh battery system featuring revised cell chemistry developed in conjunction with LG Chem. While overall system storage capacity has increased, the number of cells have decreased from 288 to 192 as the result of a revised chemistry. The cells are positioned lower in the pack for an improved (lower) center of gravity and the overall mass of the pack is 9.8 kg (21 pounds) lighter. Like the battery system, the next-generation Volt’s two-motor drive unit delivers increased efficiency and performance along with reduced noise and vibration. The drive unit operates up to 12 percent more efficiently and weighs 45 kg (100 pounds) less than the current system.
Both motors operate together in more driving scenarios, in both EV and extended-range operation. The ability to use both motors helps deliver a 19 percent improvement in electric acceleration from 0 to 48 km/h (30 mph) by 2.6 seconds and a 7 percent improvement from 0 to 60 mph by 8.4 seconds (0 – 100km/h or 62 mph by 9,4 secs, possibly).
On the charging system, Chevrolet has made the system more convenient for customers to recharge the battery and check the charge status. The new and enhanced features include; GPS location-based charging, more intuitive charge status indicators and Portable cord set enhancements.
For safety features, the 2016 Chevy Volt has rear-vision camera, ten air bags, 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). At the same, expanded use of high-strength steel and effective structural load paths in the frame, along with reinforced rocker panel structures and side structure reinforcements make the Volt a bit more sturdier, without the excess weight.
The 2016 Chevrolet Volt is expected to go on sale in the second half of the year.