Next-Gen 2016 Chevrolet Volt Teased, Bound for 2015 Detroit Auto Show

There’s been a lot of speculation about what General Motors has planned for the 2016 Chevrolet Volt, but now we know that we’ll get a first-hand look at the new electric vehicle at the 2015 Detroit auto show. Chevrolet global chief market officer Tim Mahoney made the announcement today at the Center for Automotive Research Management Briefings, stressing the success of the current Chevrolet Volt thus far since its introduction as a 2011 model.

Mahoney said that over 65,000 units of the Chevrolet Volt have sold since it hit the market. Sales of the Volt are slightly down year-to-date through July, down to 10,635 from 11,643 at this point in 2013, but sales went up 13 percent this past month compared with last July. When we do see the 2016 Chevrolet Volt in January, it’s likely it will ride on a new platform and boast an increased all-electric range. For now, GM has not officially detailed anything more on the car other than a teaser photo of its rear (pictured above).

Former GM CEO Dan Akerson said in the past that he was pushing to increase the Volt’s all-electric range by at least 20 percent. While the current Chevrolet Volt uses a 1.4-liter four-cylinder as a range-extender and generator for the Volt’s battery and electric motor, the next Volt could switch to a smaller and lighter turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder mill. We also expect the 2016 Chevrolet Volt will leave behind its Delta platform in favor of a new architecture that’s better suited with extended-range electric vehicle technology.

GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck plant will build the 2016 Chevrolet Volt, as it has done since the car’s introduction, with a $449-million backing from General Motors for upgrading and retooling the facility. The plant will also produce another still-unrevealed electric vehicle, which could have a much larger range of up to 200 miles thanks to new LG Chem batteries. Those new batteries could also be used for the Volt, too, as the current car's batteries are also sourced from LG Chem.

While the Volt was a trailblazer when it debuted, winning our Automobile of the Year award in 2011, the marketplace is becoming ever-more populated with hybrid and electric vehicles. The 2016 Chevrolet Volt will face far more competition than its predecessor, including the planned all-electric Tesla Model 3, which may be priced in a bracket just above the Volt somewhere between $30,000 and $40,000 when it arrives in a few years' time.

Look for more details on the 2016 Chevrolet Volt as we approach the 2015 Detroit auto show in January.

Bubba Nicholson
Open wheel wells and air scoops on the wheels are un-aerodynamic.  It needs a boat tail, and SMOOTH surfaces.  It's not rocket science, it's sheet metal.  All the flashy hub caps cost the vehicle 10 miles of range from every charge.  GM should hire an aerodynamics engineer and fire their limp-wrist stylists.
Rodney Munch
Make the thing so it's not so hideously ugly, and then on the interior return to the non-generic look of the launch year with glossy whites and blacks. Basically don't make a $40k car look like garbage.
Doug S
You can't compare a Volt plug in with a all electric Tesla. The Volt keeps on ticking with the gas engine unlike the Tesla which pulls to the side of the road when the batteries are drained.   I wouldn't consider an all electric but the Volt and other hybrids could be in my garage on my next car purchase.
@Rodney Munch 
Exactly correct.  This is a technological marvel with an insipid exterior and interior design.  The bean oounters once again crushed doing it right. 
No reason it should not be handsome in and out.  The basic technical architecture is by far superior to the Tesla.  This car done right could conquer the segment.

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