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2016 Chevrolet Volt Briefly Revealed Before Detroit Debut

Another glimpse at the redesigned hybrid’s front end.

Chevrolet is having a hard time waiting for the 2016 Volt’s official debut that’s scheduled for the Detroit auto show next week. After showing a quick glimpse of this new hybrid a few weeks back along with some winter-driving spy photos, Chevrolet briefly rolled out a fully visible Volt at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last night.

Seeing the full front end confirms what we saw from the earlier teaser photo. The 2016 Chevrolet Volt has a fresh, sleek face that looks to adopt a wider track and a lower nose compared with the current car. The horizontally angled headlights flank two futuristic-looking grille inserts, one a smaller pentagonal opening up top and the other a larger, aggressive-looking air dam below. There are also LED foglights lower down on the front fascia, and the hood and windshield appear more steeply angled than before.

We can’t see much of the overall profile of the car, but we expect an evolutionary styling change from the current Volt’s hatchback design. The new car will keep a similar aerodynamic overall shape, and the rear end will retain its transparent trunk panel according to another teaser photo of the 2016 Chevrolet Volt revealed a few months ago.

Chevrolet has also released some details of the 2016 Chevrolet Volt’s new powertrain, which will use a naturally aspirated 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine as a generator for the electric drivetrain. The battery pack is also higher-capacity and smaller than before, and efficiency and electric driving range are both expected to improve. We also expect a lower starting cost for the 2016 Volt, and the new car may be lighter than before as well.

Stay tuned for full information on the second-generation 2016 Chevrolet Volt when it debuts next week at the Detroit auto show.