We don't know a whole lot about the next generation Chevy Volt, other than the fact that it's expected as a 2016 model. It's safe to assume Chevrolet will continue with its formula of two powertrains, one driving the wheels using electricity drawn from a lithium-ion battery pack and one powered by gasoline that exists almost solely to keep that aforementioned battery pack charged up.

Besides those basic bits and pieces, though, we have no idea what to expect when Chevy pulls the covers off its next-gen Volt. It's supposed to ride on a new platform, and it will almost assuredly have some improvements that will allow it to increase its electric-only range from its current 40-ish miles (which can vary greatly depending on driving styles and circumstances) to something between 50 and 60, and likely with greater efficiency.

As you can see from our gallery of spy shots above, the 2016 Chevy Volt is indeed being tested by the automaker, right out in the eye of the public. Comparing the new Volt with the old (below), we're pretty sure that the bodywork is completely new, and even if the overall shape is very familiar, it appears to be sleeker than before. If you look closely, you'll see the tell-tale plug-in port, the Volt badging and what appear to be safety shut-down switches on the bodyside and rear end of this test prototype. Oh, and don't miss the plug hanging limply from the front fascia.

Have a look at the 2016 Chevy Volt prototype above, and let us know what you think in Comments.


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      Hazdaz
      • 8 Months Ago
      Very interested in seeing what this Volt 2.0 ends up being like. The Volt is sooo close to being the EV that breaks-through to being a car that everyday consumers (and even skeptics) would buy. Its close to being within the range of the average new car price (~$30k). Its close to having the EV range that would satiate almost all commuters, and its already gotten some pretty darn good reviews in terms of driving dynamics and such (Matt Farah bought one). A little more range, a little lower base price and a more dynamic exterior would really go a long way in showing that even your Uncle Bernie or your neighbor Pam can, and would, buy an extended range-EV.
        rubley00
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Hazdaz
        Close? The Volt is *already* cheaper to own than the average new car. Close on EV range? 80% of people drive less than 29 miles a day, its already covered.
          VL00
          • 8 Months Ago
          @rubley00
          "Its not cheaper to BUY than the average new car, which hovers around $30k transaction price." Are you really so dense that you think the sticker price = cost of ownership?? Here, I already did the math for you https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Ageg_Pnricg9dGZTVW9ZTzFNWHJlMmhrNDh2TVZ6cXc&usp=drive_web#gid=0 Get a GED
          Hazdaz
          • 8 Months Ago
          @rubley00
          Its not cheaper to BUY than the average new car, which hovers around $30k transaction price. Listen, I am not disagreeing with you that it ALREADY is a good deal and has enough range for most people (you're preaching to the choir because I myself am already a fan of the car)... but EVs are still VERY new technology for most people. They can't just offer "enough" range... they have to offer more-than-enough range to change the minds of people that aren't typically tech or car savvy and are reluctant to try new things.
      GR
      • 8 Months Ago
      I always thought the car was rather underrated, but the looks didn't help. The front wasn't bad but the rear was a mess. This new one looks much better even wearing camo. This should spur sales given even the original Volt was rather a good, reliable car with some of the highest ownership satisfaction rates out there. An increased EV range would be very nice.
      RZ-Civic
      • 8 Months Ago
      Looks like an evolutionary change and more aerodynamic. Not necessarily a bad thing.
      postpast
      • 8 Months Ago
      I think that 40 - 50 mile of electric range is enough, If you charge at work that is 80 to 100 miles of charge a day, more then a large majority of peoples commute. I personalty don't see the sense of charging massive banks of batteries everyday when you can just use a smaller battery and a generated to allow a unlimited range like the Volt and i3 does. A 50 mile electric range, bigger interior, slightly more efficient generator, and a lower price would be the best course in my opinion.
        rubley00
        • 8 Months Ago
        @postpast
        It needs more because the range drops to 25 miles when you're using the heater
          VL00
          • 8 Months Ago
          @rubley00
          Why am I getting downvoted on my real world experience of driving a Volt for 2.5 years?
      Jim_NJ
      • 8 Months Ago
      It looks like it will still be a bit small in back for a 5th seat. Hopefully GM is working on an Orlando-based Volt to remedy that....
        ScottM
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Jim_NJ
        The small back seat was the #1 reason a Volt isn't in my driveway right now!! I'm 6'2 - and the people who sit behind me would be PUNISHED - there was simply no room. A shame, the car was an absolute RIOT to drive. A more distant #2 reason would be lack of a sunroof. I really hope GM fixes my problem #1...from this spy shot, I actually thought they'd increased the size.
      tenspeeder
      • 8 Months Ago
      At least this version won't be shown 3-4 years prior to release so the styling might actually look fresh upon intro.
      2 wheeled menace
      • 8 Months Ago
      Looks like some aerodynamic improvements have been made.. sort of has the shape of a more sedan-like prius.. very nice. Hopefully this means better electric range. I think that will add a lot of value to the car.
      StevieJacks
      • 8 Months Ago
      Oooh at the kickback in the c-pillar/rear doors, means the Chevy and Vauxhall-Opel versions won't be too dissimilar... as a European/Englishman I like this a lot; bodes VERY well for the next Ampera, as with the Insignia-like tail and belt line. Let's hope the front of the Vauxhall-Opel is just as dramatic as the current gen.
      Jim1961
      • 8 Months Ago
      GM has hinted at two other vehicles sharing the Volt drivetrain. There might be a Volt light, which has the same performance as the present Volt at a lower MSRP and a premium Volt with extra all electric range. The third vehicle is likely to be a CUV priced between the premium Volt and the Cadillac ELR. This would give GM five different PHEVs at different price points. An upscale Buick crossover PHEV would be nice.
      Neez
      • 8 Months Ago
      It would be great if they could at least get it to match the current prius fuel mileage once the battery pack runs out of juice.
        pk
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Neez
        I know most people replied to the comment disliking the Prius and it of course it doesn't even compare to the seer awesomeness of the volt and being a Volt owner, I dislike the Prius myself but Neez is right, the range extender could use a bit more fuel economy.
      carboy55
      • 8 Months Ago
      "Electric Vehicles" don't have tailpipes. End of story.
        agacon
        • 8 Months Ago
        @carboy55
        Interesting that the average volt goes much farther on all electric mode than the average Leaf, according to DOE data. So the volt is actually "greener", i.e. takes more petroleum off the streets. Also, the gas system is cheaper and probably as light as extra battery size to go another 50 miles.
      malgu
      • 8 Months Ago
      I saw this prototype in Ann Arbor a few weeks ago, I think it may be the next gen ELR http://imgur.com/aVm31wp,xgW5wBS,IAyZio4 Tail lights were a good deal smaller than current ELR http://imgur.com/aVm31wp,xgW5wBS,IAyZio4#1 And it had copper wires running along the windshield and what looks like some sensors on the bumper http://imgur.com/aVm31wp,xgW5wBS,IAyZio4#2 Thoughts?
        lne937s
        • 8 Months Ago
        @malgu
        Generally when they try to disguise vehicles, they conceal identifiers like the grille, window openings, etc... unless they are trying to throw people off. Considering the low volumes of the ELR, chances are that GM wants to spread the costs of the 2 door Delta II structure around. Looking at the tailpipe sticking out the back (GM tries to conceal it on the ELR and Volt), I bet this is a development mule for a non-plug-in 2 door. Maybe a production version of the Code 140.
        CoolWaters
        • 8 Months Ago
        @malgu
        Drug Dealer ELR.
        Actionable Mango
        • 8 Months Ago
        @malgu
        It seems rather odd that the ELR would be replaced by a brand new vehicle so soon after its introduction.
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