2016 Chevrolet Volt Teased, Charging System Detailed

New front end appears sleeker, wider than before.

We have our best glimpse yet of the new 2016 Chevrolet Volt, courtesy of this photo from an event in Los Angeles that shows off the front end of the new plug-in that will debut at the Detroit auto show in January. Chevrolet is also detailing the new Volt's portable charging system.

In the photo, we can see the new 2016 Chevrolet Volt's sleeker front end, which features a lower nose and what looks like a wider track than on the current car. Large headlights flank a narrow front grille with metal trim, and the aggressive lower fascia displays LED-accent foglights and a slightly sporty air dam. The overall look fits in well with Chevrolet's design as seen on other models like the Cruze and Impala, but it is an evolutionary change from the current Volt, which has a similar grille pattern and similarly shaped headlights.

Other 2016 Chevrolet Volt news includes additional information about the new car's charging system, which improves user-friendliness through features like GPS location-based charging, better status indicators, and enhancements to make the charging system more portable. Volt owners can now set their "home" charging location so that the car can automatically adjust settings like charging level and departure times to optimize off-peak energy usage. There is also a new storage bin for the 120V portable cord, which is longer than the current cord. More powerful 240V charging stations should also be available for owners of the 2016 Volt.

We also know that the 2016 Chevrolet Volt will feature an updated extended-range electric powertrain that uses a 1.5-liter, naturally aspirated four-cylinder as a generator for the smaller, higher-capacity battery pack. Efficiency is expected to improve by 12 percent, as will the all-electric driving range, thanks to a 130-lb weight loss for the powertrain overall. GM is also producing the new Volt at a lower cost, which should make for a lower starting price.

Officially making its debut at the 2015 Detroit auto show in January, keep an eye out for more information about the 2016 Chevrolet Volt in the next few months.

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