You've likely heard that General Motors expects to price its all-new 2011 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid in the neighborhood of $40,000, but you likely haven't heard much about what features and equipment will come standard on the so-called extended-range electric vehicle. Wonder no more: the official dealer ordering guide for the 2011 Volt recently went live on GM's Online Order Guide system, and it gives us a clear look of what Volt buyers can expect from the finished product.
Those expecting the 2011 Volt to carry a long list of standard features are likely to be appeased with what's revealed within the order guide. Unlike Nissan's Leaf EV, the Volt isn't offered in multiple trim packages. All cars will come standard with a seven-speaker Bose audio system, which also incorporates XM satellite radio, navigation, a 30-gigabyte hard drive and a USB input for digital music files. Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity appears to be standard, as is a five-year subscription to OnStar - a good thing, as the E-Nav (which is linked to Google Maps) function and the Volt mobile phone application (which includes remote charging and start controls) relies on the service to function.
Options on the Volt are remarkably limited. Leather trim, both for the seating and the steering wheel, are available only as part of an Uplevel Trim Package (option code PCQ), which also tosses in heated front seats, and layered graphics on the interior door panel trim. Buyers can also spring for a package (option code PCW) that adds a rearview camera and front and rear sonar parking sensors. 17-inch forged aluminum wheels are standard, but for a little extra cosmetic bling, buyers can opt for a polished version of the same wheel (option code RTN).
According to the order guide, Volt buyers will be able to purchase cars with a limited number of GM accessory parts installed at the factory in Hamtramck, Michigan. These accessories include a rear cargo net (code W2D), a barrier between the rear seats and the cargo area (code RWW), a vehicle cover (code RWJ), a front window shade (code SFJ), and a 120-volt charging cord (code RXL).
Although we've typically seen the Volt in the grey-green Viridian Joule hue, no less than six colors are available, including silver, black, grey, Crystal Red, and White Diamond (the latter two are premium pearlescent colors). Volts with cloth seating will receive black seats with white accents, while those with leather trim can also be ordered with three additional combinations, which include black with green accents, black with dark (possibly saddle) accents, and neutral with dark accents.
While the order guide allows Volt-philes to scope out the car of their dreams down to the individual part and option codes, it doesn't provide any pricing information. GM has long suggested the car could retail for $40,000, but various tax incentives and rebates could drop that figure to the neighborhood of $32,000. GM says pricing for the car will be announced tomorrow.
We do know, however, which markets will be the first to sell the 2011 Volt. Nearly 600 stores in the initial launch markets (California, Connecticut, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Texas, and Washington D.C.) have signed on to carry the PHEV - according to GM, that's roughly 90 percent of the dealerships in those selected areas.
Look for the earliest customer-ready 2011 Volts to reach the market by the end of 2010, and check back with Automobile Magazine for the latest pricing news for GM's great green hope.