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Refreshing or Revolting: 2016 Chevrolet Volt

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 5/15/2015 Megan Stewart
Refreshing or Revolting: 2016 Chevrolet Volt 2016 Chevrolet Volt© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Chevrolet Volt

Chevrolet has all but scrapped the first-gen Volt when designing the new model, giving it a more striking and sporty exterior design. The 2016 Chevrolet Volt features not only all-new styling, but also a new drivetrain, power controller, battery, and everything used to connect it all together. Many may have expected Chevrolet to do a minor styling update, but this radical redesign proves otherwise. Do you think Chevrolet should have redesigned nearly every aspect of the 2016 Volt?

The 2016 Chevrolet Volt features a new front end design, with ample use of chrome in the grille vents. The headlights have been redesigned, giving the new Volt a cleaner look. The hood has also been sculpted with new, stronger lines that flow into the side profile. The lower door panels feature a more muscular appearance, with a deep line running the length of the rear doors, making the 2016 Volt look less bulky than the model it replaces. This is also attributed to the 0.4-inch longer wheelbase and 3.3-inch longer body. The new Volt is also 0.8 inches wider, while the roof drops 0.2 inches. New for the 2016 Volt is an aluminum hood and hatch, which help with weight savings.

From the rear, the first noticeable change is the taillights, which now follow the hatch lit almost to the rear bumper. The entire rear fascia has been redesigned, getting rid of the bulky, boxy design in favor of a more sculpted and rounded out design. The Volt looks less like an industrial design project and more like a stylish hatchback that fits in the modern era. As a whole, the exterior features far more personality than the model it replaces.

While the sheetmetal makes the 2016 Chevrolet Volt look like a completely new car, the automaker has also paid close attention when updating the interior. Two-tone color schemes give the new model a more upscale look, along with the updated center stack. Unfortunately, there are a lot of hard plastics used in the interior. Chevrolet has added a higher-resolution 8-inch infotainment screen and consolidated the multitude of buttons and knobs found on the outgoing model. However, Chevy could have gone a step further to make the center stack look more streamlined and less bulky and slapped together. For the 2016 model year, the new Volt gets an optional heated steering wheel and rear seats.

The 2016 Chevrolet Volt has been thoroughly redesigned inside and out, moving away from the harsh boxy appearance of the previous model in favor of a more sculpted, modern appearance. Do you like the look of this radical redesign? Let us know in the comments below.

Last week we talked about the 2016 Lexus RX and its polarizing design. According to the comments, the new look is not working:

"Revolting. Just when I thought that it was impossible to create an SUV more heinous than the NX, Lexus tops themselves with this abomination," said Logan814.

"Revolting for the monstrous grille and the polarizing looks," said samuelkn10.

"The RX has always been a bit on the bland side, but it's always been handsome. Not anymore. It is now far into hideous territory," said beard.

"Refreshing for the most part, except for that oversized vacuum cleaner grille. Looks as if it's a street cleaner or something, being that big and low," said Vinnie82.

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