Many people are eagerly awaiting the debut of the 2016 Chevy Volt. Yours truly is on who is awaiting the official details, as it so happens to be on my new-car shopping list for next year. And to keep all of us interested, Chevy continues releasing small teasers and little tidbits of information. Just a few days ago, Chevy released another new teaser video that shows off the new Volt’s snow-handling abilities.
While the video is neat, it doesn’t do much in the way of revealing details, except that in a controlled environment, the Volt can hands a little bit of the fluffy white stuff. It does, however give us a better look at its profile and front end, albeit covered up in swirly camo. The profile shot does show us that the nose sits slightly lower than the 2015 Volt, likely to help with aerodynamics. Additionally, in earlier teaser images we already saw that that the front end received a new, sportier fascia.
Where the 2016 Volt will receive most of its changes is in its drivetrain. This is where we’re expecting decent gains in range, as the drive unit will be up to 12 percent more efficient and weight 100 pounds less than its predecessor, and the battery will be nearly 100 pounds lighter with 20 percent more storage capacity on a volume basis. That jump in capacity relative to volume could mean that the 2016 Volt could feature up to a 20.5 kWh battery if the new Volt’s battery occupies the same volume as the 2015 model’s battery. Additionally, the Volt will gain a new, high-compression, 1.5-liter range extender that’ll run on regular gas instead of premium like last year’s model.
The end result of these changes is still unknown. I suspect we’ll see the EV range jump to at least 50 miles per charge, but it could go as high as 60 to 70 miles to get into the range of the BMW i3.
We will learn all of the juicy details once Chevy reveals the 2016 Volt at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. Keep it locked on InsiderCarNews.com for all of the latest updates.