Yesterday, according to “industry sources” speaking anonymously with Edmunds.com, it was reported the second-generation 2016 Chevy Volt would be revealed in 2015.
“It is different, but not drastically different,” said an anonymous person to Edmunds. “Just really a bit of a styling change to it.”
The redesigned version will reportedly ride on a new front-wheel-drive GM platform.
Unknown is whether electric range or the premium-gas-burning generator would be changed for the present car (pictured) that was launched in December 2010.
To date the Volt has remained essentially unchanged, and received only minor trim updates, as well as 0.5-extra kilowatt-hours and 3 miles more EV range in 2013.
Unknown is how much life this will breath into the “Voltec” program which has seen no new mainstream-priced spinoffs for what many owners consider an under appreciated car.
Volt sales have been just so-so of late, and 2013 was essentially one of flat growth.
For the past two years or more, rumors have been that the new Volt would see at least $10,000 less in production costs whittled out of it. Another rumor prompted by statements by former CEO Dan Akerson is that its range could be as high as 50-60 miles on a charge – well over the present 38 rated.
The Volt’s present 1.4-liter gas generator has also been rumored to be due for replacement, possibly by a three-cylinder.
Based on what was said to Edmunds, if it is “just really a bit of a styling change” we suspect some plug-in fans will be ultimately disappointed, unless its pricing or some other critical part of the value proposition is improved.
Ideally, most Volt fans would like more electric range.
General Motors also just launched the 2014 Cadillac ELR, a sort of tech flagship in compact size based around the Volt’s powertrain.
Not said is whether it too would benefit from changes being made to the Volt, or whether the new Volt would be permitted to upstage it in the powertrain department.
That Edmunds believed the source(s) reliable and spoke in affirmative terms of what “will” happen is revealing.
Ultimately, it’s too soon to tell, and without full substantiation, this news should be treated as a rumor for now as well.