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More is Less: 2016 Chevrolet Volt Starts at $33,995 Before Incentives

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 5/3/2015 Karla Sanchez

Because the 2016 Chevrolet Volt received a significant update with all-new styling and a completely re-engineered powertrain, one would be inclined to think the new model cost more than the current model, right? Wrong. Chevrolet has announced that the completely redone EV is nearly $1,200 cheaper than the current model, starting at $33,995 including destination.

More is Less: 2016 Chevrolet Volt Starts at $33,995 Before Incentives

After the $7,500 federal tax credit, the 2016 Volt could be had for $26,495, and in California, the price could dip as low as $24,995 after incentives. This seems like a bargain over the current model, which on the consumer site is listed as starting at $35,170. At least with the more affordable model, buyers could look forward to getting a new Volt that sits atop the second-gen Delta platform that provides a 0.4-inch longer wheelbase. The Volt’s fresh appearance consists of a longer and wider body, sleeker aerodynamic bits, and lower profile Michelin Energy saver tires. Inside, interior dimensions stay the same, albeit a 0.1-inch increase in rear legroom. New additions include a third seatbelt in the rear seat and a more upscale interior with higher-resolution infotainment screens. © Provided by MotorTrend

Powertrain revisions were aimed at increasing performance and range at reduced cost. The current 1.4-liter engine has been replaced by an all-aluminum Atkinson-cycle 1.5-liter I-4 EcoTec engine featuring direct injection and cooled exhaust-gas recirculation. Peak output in the Volt's driving cycle is listed at 101 hp. Torque is still not quoted, but we expect it to be around 104 lb-ft. Total system output is 149 hp and 294 lb-ft. Chevrolet claims that owners of the new 2016 Volt can expect to drive an estimated 1000 miles more in between fill-ups, while they’ll be able to benefit from the Volt’s estimated 102 mpge and 41 combined mpg when running on gas. As for all-electric driving, the 2016 Volt is expected to travel 50 miles on a single charge, a 31-percent improvement over what the current model delivers. © Provided by MotorTrend

The 2016 Chevrolet Volt will start rolling into dealerships this fall.

Source: Chevrolet

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