General Motors’ recently announced the next-generation Chevrolet Volt would make its debut a little sooner than expected at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January. They didn’t reveal much about the car itself, but GM’s North America Vice President, Mark Reuss, recently commented on the car at a meeting for former Buick employees in Michigan.
The current Volt can achieve 98 MPGe and up to 37 miles per gallon under normal driving. It also has a 38-mile all-electric range. According to Reuss, “fuel economy and efficiency,” will grow in the 2016 model. This will be achieved through using a smaller 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine to charge to batteries rather than the 1.4-liter mill used in the current car and by making it lighter and more aerodynamic. GM has yet to say by how much range will be improved, however former CEO Dan Akerson previously said if the company can get electric range “up to 50, 60 miles or more,” than they will.
As we reported earlier, the new Volt may also have seating for five. Nothing has been confirmed, but the four-person seating in the current car could have turned some potential Volt customers away, so we could Chevy making seating for five a priority. There may also be a new 17.1-kWh lithium-ion battery, though it may be hard to accommodate both a larger battery with more range and seating for five. We’re expecting more information on the Volt to surface as its debut date nears.