A few weeks ago when General Motors started offering customers discounts on the outgoing 2015 Chevrolet Volt, we knew it wouldn’t be long before the Detroit automaker announced pricing for the all-new, second-generation model.
Yesterday, it did just that, setting the entry level price for its next-gen 2016 Chevrolet Volt at $33,995 before federal and state incentives, inclusive of a mandatory $835 destination fee. This places the all-new 2016 Chevrolet Volt at a price point $1,195 less than the official MSRP for the outgoing 2015 Chevrolet Volt, although we note GM’s official 2016 Volt pricing does not include tax, title license and dealer fees.
Due to enter into production this August and expected at dealers shortly afterwards, the 2016 Chevrolet Volt promises a sleeker, sportier ride over the outgoing model. Given a ground-up redesign, it features a larger 18.4 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack which GM says should provide up to 50 miles of range in all-electric mode. Despite using less battery cells — 192 versus the 288 of the outgoing model — the battery pack offers 1.3 kilowatt-hours more energy storage than its predecessor and is 21 pounds lighter, thanks to next-generation, higher energy-density lithium-ion cells from LG Chem.
The weight savings continue through the rest of the 2016 Chevrolet Volt. In addition to a new 1.5-litre four-cylinder gasoline engine which GM says is more efficient and lighter than its 1.4-litre predecessor, the dual-motor drivetrain that gives the Chevrolet Volt its unique plug-in capabilities has also been dramatically redesigned.
The dual-motor unit in the 2016 Volt uses far less rare-earth metals than the one found in the 2015 Volt, lowering production costs and improving efficiency by 12 percent. Combined, the two-motor unit weighs 100 pounds less than the one in the first-generation Volt. Torque is also improved, making the new 2016 Chevy Volt seven percent faster in the 0-60 mph sprint, hitting the 60 mph mark 8.4 seconds after standstill.
For drivers, the most useful addition to the new 2016 Chevrolet Volt will be the inclusion of new paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel to enable manual control of regenerative braking. Based on the Regen on Demand paddle shifters found in the 2015 Cadillac ELR luxury plug-in coupe, the paddle shifters in the Chevrolet Volt allow drivers to gradually adjust the amount of regenerative braking the car applies on accelerator liftoff. This not only makes for a sportier, more responsive driving experience but also eliminates friction brake usage and improves overall energy efficiency.
Inside, the Chevrolet Volt has been given a thorough makeover for the all-new 2016 model year, with a redesigned color dash and large centre touch-screen display, on-board GPS and OnStar connectivity, and optional 4G mobile wifi hotspot.
There are some tweaks to the car’s charging program too, allowing owners to program their cars to adopt a specific set of charging habits when parked at home versus when parked elsewhere. A valuable feature, the GPS-aware charging system makes it possible for owners of the new 2016 Volt to tell their cars to wait until night-time to charge when parked at home but to charge straight away when parked somewhere else.
Families will also appreciate the addition of a much-needed fifth seat in the next-gen Volt, thanks to the smaller physical size of its improved battery pack. While the seat isn’t really designed for long-distance travel and requires the fifth seat occupant to straddle the battery pack, it’s perfect for quick trips to the shops or that emergency scenario when you need to carry an extra passenger.
What do you make of the new pricing for the 2016 Volt? Are you tempted to buy one, or are you disappointed by the second-generation model? Leave your thoughts in the Comments Below.
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