The next generation of the 2016 Chevrolet Volt was released with a teaser photo of the tailgate, but no other details about the car.
The 2016 Chevy vVlt model is expected to continue through on it’s original mission, letting drivers improve their fuel economy but operate entirely on battery power for much of their day-to-day driving.
The current Volt has an all-electric range of 38 miles per charge before its gasoline engine kicks in to generate power for longer trips, and a combined electric and gas efficiency rating equivalent to 98 mpg.
There will likely be significant changes, and sources tell TheDetroitBureau.com that the new version will not only get a redesign inside and out, but longer battery range and performance improvements. Also, GM will aim to cut the price again, currently around $35,000 before a tax credit.
Tim Mahoney, chief marketing officer for Chevrolet, did not provide any details for the new plug-in hybrid, but Automotive News is reporting that it is believed that the next version will trade its 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine for a 1-liter three-cylinder engine. It will also get a fifth seat.
In a news release announcing the scheduled debut, Chevrolet said Volt drivers are traveling more than 63 percent of their overall miles in electric vehicle mode. In total, the Volt has accounted for more than 500 million gas-free miles since its debut in 2010, which saved 25 million gallons of gasoline, Chevrolet said.
On average, Chevrolet said Volt owners who charge regularly typically drive more than 970 miles between fill-ups and visit a gas station less than once a month.
“Volt is the perfect example of the ingenuity that drives everything we do at Chevrolet,” Mahoney said at the Center for Automotive Research Management Briefings. “Volt fully delivers on the promises of Find New Roads and will continue to provide consumers with the transportation solutions they need and deserve in the future.”
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