General Motors has recently released new details in regards to the 2016 Chevrolet Volt extended-range EV, including that it will use a new 1.5-liter Ecotec engine. Chevrolet is particularly excited about the next-gen Volt, as it has allowed them to take customer feedback from owners of the current car and put it to use in an all-new package.
One area which customers frequently complained about was the current Volt’s need for premium gas. Many owners weren’t happy paying for the more expensive fuel, so they designed the 1.5-liter engine to accommodate regular gas. Chief Volt engineer Andrew Farah told Autoblog Green the switch to regular fuel won’t affect the car’s acceleration, range or “other performance factors.”
The Volt team also confirmed to Autoblog Green the engine in the new Volt will be more powerful and quieter than the outgoing 1.4-liter engine, despite running on regular gas. Engineers found when you pushed the Volt a little more and tried to drive quickly, it would make the 1.4-liter engine operate at higher speeds and it would no longer be efficient. The new mill has a little more muscle, which will make it more accommodating to spirited driving .
All the info on the 2016 Volt will come to light when it makes its debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January.