- The second-generation 2016 Chevrolet Volt plug-in electric hybrid car will be introduced next year, Edmunds has learned.
- The 2016 Volt will be redesigned and developed on a new front-drive vehicle platform developed by General Motors.
- The redesigned Volt will undergo an evolutionary styling change.
DETROIT — The second-generation Chevrolet Volt plug-in electric hybrid car will be introduced next year, industry sources tell Edmunds.
The 2016 Volt will be redesigned and developed on a new front-drive vehicle platform developed by General Motors.
A dramatic styling change is not planned for the car, however.
"It is different, but not drastically different," according to a source who asked not to be identified. "Just really a bit of a styling change to it."
The current-generation Volt's styling has remained unchanged since its introduction in 2010. Only one model is offered, a five-door hatchback.
The 2014 Volt is equipped with a 1.4-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine that powers a generator that recharges the lithium-ion batteries. The car can run in pure electric mode for an EPA-estimated 38 miles. When the gasoline-powered generator kicks in, the Volt can be driven up to 380 miles on a full charge and a full tank of gasoline.
It is not known if the redesigned Volt will have a longer driving range.
The Chevrolet Volt and the recently introduced 2014 Cadillac ELR coupe share the gasoline-electric powertrain.
Edmunds says: With Chevrolet offering attractive deals on the Volt, now might be the time to acquire one, rather than waiting for the redesign.