GM Teases Redesigned 2016 Chevy Volt

Aug 07, 2014 03:10 PM EDT | Jordan Ecarma

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General Motors has announced that the new Chevrolet Volt will make its debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show.

The 2016 redesign of the plug-in hybrid builds on its predecessor's "strong foundation of technology innovation," the automaker said in a statement on its website.  

GM has only shared one image of the 2016 Chevy Volt so far and hasn't yet revealed a launch date, price or specifications.

Jalopnik pointed out that then-GM CEO Dan Akerson said in 2013 that the next-generation Volt should cost between $7,000 and $10,000 less than the current model. Akerson additionally said the new Volt's range could be as much as 200 miles, far more than the initial 38-mile battery range.

If the new Volt is substantial improvement, GM could expand the model into a full lineup to challenge Toyota's Prius family, according to Jalopnik.  

Volt sales had increased 13 percent in July, and buyers have purchased more than 65,000 Volt models since its launch. The hybrid is the top-selling plug-in passenger vehicle in the U.S. market, according to GM.

The Volt competes with the 2014 Ford C-Max Energi, the outgoing 2014 Honda Fit EV, the 2015 Nissan Leaf and the 2014 Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid, according to Edmunds.com.

The 2014 Volt runs on a 1.4-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine powering a generator to recharge lithium-ion batteries. It can travel for 380 miles on a fully charged battery and a full tank of gas, Edmunds said.

The revamped plug-in won't have a dramatically different style from its predecessor, a source told Edmunds.

"It is different, but not drastically different," said the source, who asked not to be identified. "Just really a bit of a styling change to it."

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