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Full details on the 2016 Chevrolet Volt – including specifications, standard equipment and optional upgrades – have just been released by General Motors. The only tidbit missing now is the price.
GM listed all of the information in its 25-page ordering guide online. The carmaker isn’t accepting orders quite yet for the next generation Volt, however, and a representative didn’t have a released date available.
For 2016, the Volt comes in two different trim levels. As the base model, the 2LT Hatchback has fewer color and trim options. And though it doesn’t include perks like wireless charging for devices, automatic parking assist (which are automatically added with the upgrade to 2LZ Premier trim), the basic Volt is far from meager.
Chevy has upgraded much of the Volt in a move to position the hatchback as more of a premium vehicle. Standard equipment now includes a Wi-Fi Hotspot and two air bags have been added. A rear vision camera, previously an upgrade on the 2015 Volt, is now included in the base model, and the touch-screen console grew to an 8-inch display.
Regen on Demand, a new standard for 2016, gives drivers more control over energy regeneration, with a paddle-style switch mounted on the steering wheel. The charging system also includes a new feature that links to car’s GPS for smarter charging, as explained by Volt Chief Engineer Andrew Farah.
“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,” said Farah. “The new Volt will give owners greater flexibility for charging on their terms and make public charging easier.”
In addition to the automatic parking assist and wireless charging for devices listed above, the upgraded 2LZ trim also gains a set of eight Bose speakers for premium sound. Heated front seats, a heated steering wheel and heated mirrors are all included as part of the comfort package.
Many of these are available as options on the 2LT package, but a few options can only be checked if you are ordering the 2LZ trim. Several driver assist features can be added upgraded Volt, such as side blind zone alert, forward collision alert, automatic high beam headlights and a sensor to keep the car centered in the lane.
The specs sheet shows that the new Volt has grown all around, adding almost half an inch to the wheelbase, 0.8 inches to the sides and 3.3 inches to the length. The extra inches don’t transfer inside to create more space for the passengers, though.
Not every aspect of the Volt grew. The new generation will be 243 pounds lighter, with a curb weight of 3,543 pounds. The fuel tank also shrank slightly from 9.3 gallons to 8.9 gallons.
GM hasn’t released pricing yet on the car or its options – that announcement will come later this year before deliveries begin in the fall. MSRP for the 2015 Volt starts at $34,345 (without dealer fees or potential rebates). Many are predicting that the base 2016 Volt will be priced at, or possibly even under, this in order to remain competitive.