Chevrolet has released a 25 page ordering guide for the 2016 Chevy Volt that tells an interested shopper everything there is to know about the car — except the price. According to Hybrid Cars, here’s what we know so far:
The 2016 Volt will come in two trim levels, the base 2LT model and the premium 2LZ. But even the 2LT is no strippo that has to hide its shame out on the back lot somewhere. It has more standard features than the current car, including a built in wi-fi hotspot, a rear vision camera and an 8″ touch screen in the dash. There are also two more air bags built into the cabin for passenger safety.
The new car also features a Regen On Demand system that lets the driver control the amount of electricity regenerated during coasting or braking. There is a paddle mounted behind the steering wheel to activate that system. The car’s charging system is now integrated with the on board GPS for smarter charging. “Owners will now be able to set their charging preferences exclusively for ‘home’ charging and the vehicle will automatically adjust to that setting when it is at ‘home’ based on GPS data,” says Volt Chief Engineer Andrew Farah.
Upgrade to the 2LZ premium model and you get automatic parking assist and wireless charging for your cell phone and other digital devices. You also get a Bose 8 speaker sound system. Heated front seats, a heated steering wheel and heated mirrors are all included as part of the comfort package. Options available only on the 2LZ are a side blind zone alert, forward collision alert, automatic high beam headlights and a sensor to keep the car centered in the lane.
The 2016 Volt rides on a chassis that has a 0.8″ longer wheelbase. The car is 3.3″ longer overall but weighs 243 lbs less at 3,543 lbs. That’s like asking your favorite NFL linebacker to step out of the car. Less weight means better acceleration and longer range. The 2016 car is said to be capable of going 50 miles on battery power alone — a 25% improvement over the original Volt.
Okay, so here we are at the end and we still don’t know the price of the car or the options. Chevy says they will release that information closer to the on sale date, which is scheduled for the fall. Industry observers actually expect the new car to be priced slightly lower than the original, which had a sticker price of $34,345, even though the new car has more standard features. That will be a nice bonus for Volt owners if true.
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