After months of technical teaser videos and spy shots, the 2016 Chevrolet Volt has finally broken cover at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.
And what we see (thanks to our friends at Autobloggreen) is a leaner, meaner range-extended electric car that’s easy on the eye and blends in far more than its predecessor, the first-generation 2011-2015 Chevrolet Volt.
Officially, General Motors isn’t due to detail full specifications and figures for the 2016 Chevrolet Volt until next week at the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, but the ‘unofficial’ unveiling of the 2016 Volt’s exterior at CES doesn’t exactly surprise us. In fact, the exterior reveal is the latest in a long, carefully-executed drip-feeding of information from General Motors into its next-generation Volt.
To date, that drip-fed stream has taught us that the 2016 Chevrolet Volt has a slightly larger but far more efficient 1.5-litre 4-cylinder engine providing range-extending capabilities, a far better all-electric range, and an all-new drivetrain and motor system which is far more efficient and uses far less rare earth metals than its predecessor. We also know that the 2016 Volt supposedly handles far better than its predecessor, and includes steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters which allow the driver to manually adjust the amount of regenerative braking applied on accelerator liftoff.
As we previously detailed when the front of the 2016 Chevrolet Volt broke cover last year, the next-generation plug-in has a smaller, more angular nose than the outgoing model, with a smaller grille and narrower, upward-sweeping headlights. There’s also a noticeable rubber front skirt which we presume aids air flow and improves efficiency on the road, while vertical LED daytime running lights mark the lower corners of the bumper. And while we’re not one hundred percent sure, we think the front hood is a little more downward raking and shorter than the outgoing model, adding to a sportier, more conventional appearance.
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From the side, that artificially-high two-tone window line has gone and there’s a far more conventional line from A pillar through to C pillar, while a gentle upward slop from front to rear gives the car an active, dynamic stance. While we’re not 100 percent sure, we also think the mirrors have been redesigned to make them sleeker and closer to the car’s body, which we’re guessing should help reduce wind noise and drag.
As with the previous Volt, the charge port remains in place ahead of the drivers’ side door, with what we presume to be a push-to-open mechanism used to open it. Meanwhile, the car sits on some tastefully designed five-spoke alloy wheels with each spoke splitting in two half-way to the rim.
We’ll have to wait another week for official pricing and specification, but from this final sneak peek before its NAIAS debut next week, we can’t wait to see more of the 2016 Volt up close and personal.
What about you? Do you like the new design? What specifications do you expect when it is unveiled officially next week?
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