The second generation Chevrolet Volt has been introduced today in Detroit at the 2015 North American International Auto Show. It features a significantly more refined exterior design that sends a bit of a Honda Civic vibe but with an interesting rear end and aerodynamic roofline. It sits on 17-inch restyled alloy wheels wrapped around in all-season Michelin Energy Saver tires. The interior cabin now hosts five seats and adopts a rather curvaceous dashboard packing a MyLink infotainment system together with fewer buttons & knobs as well as blue ambient lighting and a metallic trim.
At its heart is a newly developed Voltec powertrain encompassing a four-cylinder 1.5-liter range-extending gasoline engine, an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack with an 18.4 kWh capacity. According to Chevrolet, the new powertrain is 45 kg (100 lbs) lighter while being 12% more efficient. The revised hardware setup has enabled the car to run the 0-30 mph sprint in 2.6 seconds and the 0-60 mph journey in 8.4 seconds.
The conventional engine inside the second generation Chevrolet Volt puts out 101 bhp whereas the electric motor is rated at 149 bhp & 294 lb-ft. It’s enough for a top speed of 98 mph (157 km/h) while in electric mode it can travel for up to 50 miles (80 km). When used as a hybrid, the 2016 Volt has a combined maximum range of 420 miles (676 km).
A full recharge of the battery pack takes around 13 hours when using a 120V outlet while using a 240V source will cut charging time to 4.5 hours.
Chevrolet says deliveries of the new Volt will start in the second half of 2015.