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Next-Gen 2016 Chevy Volt Will Be Restyled, Debut Next Year

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Next-Gen 2016 Chevy Volt

Chevrolet Volt

Industry insiders are telling the good folks at Edmunds that the next-gen 2016 Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid will debut sometime next year. Rumors abound that the new Volt will be restyled (though not dramatically so), offered on a front-wheel drive platform, boast a new three-cylinder turbo engine, and might be able to achieve a 200 mile range on a single charge while carrying a generator.

The current model year Volt has a 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that is mated to a generator in order to recharge the vehicle’s lithium-ion batteries. It’s capable of running entirely on electricity for up to 38 miles, and it has a 360 mile range with a full tank of gas and a full charge.

Cleantechnia mostly dismisses the rumors of a 200-plus-mile increase in driving range, projecting that the 2016 Chevy Volt will likely up its electric-only capability to more than 50 miles. Even still, an electric-only driving range in the low- to mid-fifties is a considerable leap from the current gen’s 38-mile range.

Short of saying that the next-gen 2016 Chevy Volt will premiere sometime in 2015, nobody seems committed to any particular event for the vehicle’s unveiling. Even money would suggest that the Volt has a presence at next year’s NAIAS, but only time will tell.

If you’re on the fence about getting a Volt because you want to see what the next-gen 2016 Chevy Volt has to offer, Edmunds recommends taking advantage of already-available incentives on the current model year version as opposed to waiting. What say you: what would it take to make you buy a Volt?

  • Brandon

    I own one and I’m happy not spending 300 a month in fuel costs anymore. My electric bill went up maybe $25 but the car is paying for itself so no complaints here, plus i like fueling up once every 3 months vs the once a week before. If the range can climb up over the 50 mark on electric power then might have to fuel up once every 6 months for my long round trip commute.

  • = Rich =

    With a range extender, like the Volt, there is a point of diminishing returns in terms of electric range and costs.

    This is also true with an ell electric car like the Tesla Model S with the 85Kw/hr battery pack (Most of the time you really don’t need 200 miles of electric range… yet you pay for it dearly!)

    I lease a 2013 Volt and I love it! I am 58 years old and have never had an American automobile before. The Volt is simply amazing. I’m currently averaging, over 15,000 miles, fuel economy of 120MPG. I only, really, burn gasoline when I go out of town.

    For the 2016 Volt I’d be happy with another 10 miles of range, this would transport me entirely on inexpensive electricity on an average winter day. I’d also like the lighter weight 3-cylinder gas engine as the extender. I’d also like a DC quick charger for when I travel. Finally, please, a sun roof.

    This, then, would be my perfect car. Want. I’d relish buying a 2016 Volt and putting 100,000 miles on it… think of the fuel savings, cost savings, and CO2 that I’d not be dumping into the atmosphere.

    GM, I know you can deliver, I am one of your current biggest Volt disciples I’m sure. This car is genius,

  • Martin

    Yes a 200 mile range will be good with a 3 cylinder turbo which can take all types of gas including the ethanol blend will be excellent. Tesla is coming with thier model E with 200 mile range and Nissan might also up the current range. So GM Volt must also keep up with the other to be in business. Once the battery tech is completely reliable and improved then we should do away from the fossil fuel altogether. That is the way U.S must lead like all other tech it has given to the world. from cars to planes. The gasoline car now is old tech and it is time to let it go like the old box televison and cassette players and old lp records. The only reson this Gasoline highly complex engine survived is becasue of George Bush and Dick Cheney who have interest in oil. It is trillion dollar economy. Look at the mid east they are casuing all kinds of war with the oil money.

  • Dante

    Ethanol is a boondoggle. A lighter, more optimized 3-cyl turbo that can achieve 50+ MPG in steady-state highway cruising would be an awesome change. Less weight up front means more miles per kWh as well.