Having solidified Chevy’s position in the extended-range electric vehicle segment, the Chevy Volt is the recipient of various changes, new features and updates for the 2018 model year (and for the U.S. market).
Starting on the outside, the 2018 Chevy Volt loses four exterior colors while gaining three news ones:
- Siren Red Tintcoat exterior color
- Citron Green Metallic exterior color
- Heather Gray Metallic exterior color
- Pepperdust Metallic exterior color
- Green Mist Metallic exterior color
- Satin Steel Metallic exterior color
- Cajun Red Tintcoat exterior color
Moving on, the 2018 Chevy Volt sees the addition of Rear Park Assist as part of the new optional Driver Confidence Package, which also includes Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and Side Blind Zone Alert. The package is available only on the LT trim level, since the Premier trim gets Automatic Park Assist as standard equipment.
In addition, the Volt LT maintains the Bose Premium sound system as optional equipment. We have been informed that this is incorrect and that the Bose sound system is an option on the 2018 Volt. And, in what appears to be a cost-cutting measure for the LT trim level, the leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob are replaced with vinyl units; a leather shift knob and steering wheel are still available through the optional Comfort Package.
Rounding out the changes to the 2018 Volt is a new heated steering wheel, which now automatically turns on when the heated seats are activated. Lastly, the California-only ULEV125 emissions certification gets deleted.
Editor’s note: an earlier version of this article stated that the premium Bose sound system will become a standard feature on the 2018 Volt. Chevrolet has informed us that this is incorrect.
The updates and changes described here are specific to the U.S. market and may be different for other markets.