The 2016 Chevrolet Volt is hitting the roads soon, and you might be having your own keys within the next few hours if you pre-ordered it and are living in California. This is more or less the second-generation Chevrolet Volt and is capable of electric as well as battery operations. Its ability to boost fuel efficiency is enviable, and it holds its own among other pure-EV, hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or any other combinations.
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The 2016 Chevrolet Volt comes with a combination of a gas and plug-in electric powertrain, and it has a powerful design that hails the intelligence of the GM’s design team behind it. The car is strictly not a sports car nor a coupe, but it has masked rear doors that give it a modern sporty 4-door sedan look.
It has a shiny front grille and a great hatchback, and the rear seats fold into a near-flat position, while the cargo space is roomy enough to contain large enough luggage. It has a plastic back panel that actually looks like its glass, and ideas for its lower rear was taken from the new Corvette to make it look sporty.
"The new Volt was designed with having the sheetmetal molded with the wind in mind," said Darin Gesse, Volt Product Manager, "so that it’s kinda like how sands were molded in the desert by the wind."
The interior of the 2016 Chevrolet Volt looks very refined, redesigned, and with plain borderline luxury in a watch that makes hatchbacks a delight to car enthusiasts. For the dashboard, there are two eight-inch displays - one for the driver and the other in the center stack that’s touch-enabled - which replace the dire, all-touch infotainment system of the first-gen Volt.
The new 1.5-liter engine pumps out 101 horsepower on regular unleaded gas, whereas the old, 84 horsepower 1.4-liter four-cyclinder demands premium fuel. When gas and electric engines are working together, there’s a total of 149 horsepower, but it's the hefty 294 lb-ft. of torque that gives that typical EV shove-in-the-back from a standstill.
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The 2016 Chevrolet Volt does not make any noise at all – according to Andrew Farah, Volt chief engineer, “what it comes down to, with the new higher-compression, direct-injection, large-displacement engine, is that we can get the same amount of power at any point we want with lower rpm. And lower rpm translates into lower noise.”