The 2016 Chevrolet Volt debuted at the Detroit Auto Show and contains improved features of the 2011 model with additional electric range and an illuminated charging port. Green Car Reports mentioned that the Volt will have five seats, but clarified that its actually something like an “occasional seating position.”
“One of the biggest mysteries before last week’s reveal of the new Chevy Volt in its entirety at the Detroit Auto Show was exactly what any fifth seat might be like,” the site said.
The mystery got more attention once GM released photos of the battery pack that’s mounted between the two front seats and under the rear. As it turns out, there is no actual seat, except for a padding over the middle position of the rear seat. It has a hard plastic insert and there’s no headrest.
The photos the hatch batch electrical car appeared to be misleading the public, but not intentionally. The middle section actually pulls down with drink holders. It’s not much of a seat.
Looking past that is everything a consumer wants out of the 2016 Chevy Volt. The 2016 model has a 50 mile all-electric range, more refined 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine and a higher quality interior. The new Volt has sportier, more aggressive styling elements.
GM Authority brings up a valid point that the car itself is more of a two-door Volt.
“We could never imagine the previous-generation Volt’s softer edges adopting a two-door body style, however the sharper and sleeker second-generation model seems to sport the coupe look rather well. It reminds us of the rather attractive Opel Astra GTC, which is in no way a bad thing, especially not for an EV.”
The Volt has improved safety features, which they call “intelligent passive safety” and cutting-edge response technology in its advanced safety system. The car has the “Lane Keep Assist” that uses sensors to warn you when you’re unintentionally drifting from your lane and gently helps you steer the vehicle back into the lane if you don’t take action. Most cars have that today, but it’s nice to see it in an electric vehicle.
Chevy has added the new “Rear Cross Traffic Alert” system that uses radar sensors to monitor traffic behind you and utilizes the standard rear vision camera to visually warn you of those vehicles, like when you’re backing out of your driveway or parking space.
The Chevy Volt also features “The Forward Collision Alert” and “Automatic Front Braking” systems that use camera technology to alert you to slowing vehicles in your path, and even apply the brakes to help avoid a collision.
All of these features are needed in today’s automobile. Ford has added these features in their Fusion. The Volt is a bit late on adding these.
As previously reported by NewsOXY, the Chevy Volt won the Car Of The Year award in 2011. The model has come a long ways since then, and its drivers still seem loyal.