2016 Chevrolet Volt – Exterior Design

JAN 12 2015 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 9

2016 Chevrolet Volt

2016 Chevrolet Volt

2016 Chevrolet Volt

2016 Chevrolet Volt

With the all-new 2016 Chevrolet Volt now officially unveiled, we examine the exterior design elements unique to the new Volt.

General Motors says that the exterior design of the 2016 Volt is “bold and flowing” and that it makes a “strong visual statement and contributes to its driving performance by maintaining an efficiency-enhancing profile with sportier, more aggressive proportions.”

According to John Cafaro, executive director, Chevrolet Global Design, the sporty look of the new Volt was something that customers demanded:

“Customers were loud and clear: they wanted a sporty design that also allows for great EV road performance.  The new Volt delivers greater presence on the road and is exciting to drive.”

“The new Volt’s design is all about windswept surfaces so everything flows together.  It’s a theme captured from the flowing lines of the fenders into the hood, to the carved body sides which are aerodynamically tuned and aligned with Chevrolet performance DNA.”

The new Volt is still a hatchback, so versatility remains.

2016 Chevrolet Volt

2016 Chevrolet Volt

2016 Chevrolet Volt

2016 Chevrolet Volt

2016 Chevrolet Volt Live From NAIAS

2016 Chevrolet Volt Live From NAIAS

On the aerodynamic front (critical for plug-in electric cars), General Motors states:

Aerodynamic considerations

Designers had to work with aerodynamic boundaries when crafting the Volt’s new form, ensuring the car would slip through the air as efficiently as possible to offer its General Motors’-estimated 50-mile all-electric range.

“With electric vehicles, such as the Volt, aerodynamics play a more important role in efficiency than conventional vehicles,” said Nina Tortosa, aerodynamics engineer. “The knowledge we took from the first-generation Volt and other recent Chevrolet cars allowed us greater leverage to work with a more flowing design.”

One of the key areas where designers paid close attention was the aerodynamic performance of the Volt’s rear end. While a longer, tapered tail generally means better aero performance, it can hamper cargo room and look slightly out of proportion.

However, the teams devised a rear end design for the 2016 Volt that incorporates aero-optimized side panels that flow smoothly into a more rounded rear section with pushed-out corners.

Additional aerodynamic enhancements and new features include:
• A new shutter system behind the grille to manage airflow into the engine compartment, which enabled the designers’ desire for a shorter front overhang and wider grille opening – attributes that would typically add to aerodynamic drag. In typical highway driving when less airflow is required for cooling, the shutters close to block air from entering the engine compartment, reducing drag and enhancing efficiency
• Sculpted tail lamps were shaped in GM’s wind tunnel to minimize airflow disruption that adds drag, based on lessons engineers learned with the Chevrolet Impala

2016 Chevrolet Volt Grille ... with active shutter no less -

2016 Chevrolet Volt Grille … with active shutter no less –

Full press release on 2016 Chevrolet Volt exterior design below:

2016 Chevrolet Volt Design Balances Aesthetics and Aerodynamics

Sculpted and toned design helps deliver efficient, driving excitement

DETROIT –The 2016 Chevrolet Volt with an all-new bold and flowing design makes a strong visual statement and contributes to its driving performance by maintaining an efficiency-enhancing profile with sportier, more aggressive proportions.

“Customers were loud and clear: they wanted a sporty design that also allows for great EV road performance,” said John Cafaro, executive director, Chevrolet Global Design. “The new Volt delivers greater presence on the road and is exciting to drive.”

Sculpted and toned shapes were inspired by endurance athletes. Greater attention to detail in the design cues, materials and colors also lend a more premium, contemporary aura to its appearance.

“The new Volt’s design is all about windswept surfaces so everything flows together,” said Cafaro. “It’s a theme captured from the flowing lines of the fenders into the hood, to the carved body sides which are aerodynamically tuned and aligned with Chevrolet performance DNA.”

The new face of the Volt – its front fascia – suggests a sportier demeanor, but one that is still identifiable at a glance. Wave patterns are etched into bright upper and lower grille pads, which are flanked by aggressive-looking set back headlamps that flow into the front fenders, which blend into the hood.

2016 Chevrolet Volt

2016 Chevrolet Volt

A “NACA Duct” style roof adds to Volt’s design. The signature Volt logo is incorporated on the upper front fenders, just ahead of the outside mirrors – a carryover cue from the first-generation model.

The new Volt retains its hatchback versatility, but incorporates a sportier, tapered rear-end appearance characteristic of premium sports sedans. The rear panels flow into the black lower rear fascia, extending the sporty lines of the car. The Volt logo is positioned prominently at the center of the rear end, between the stylized tail lamps.

The lightweight alloy cast wheels echo the Volt’s body cues with a graphic pattern in the painted five-spoke design for the base model’s 17-inch wheels. The up-level model’s 17-inch wheels take on a higher-tech appearance with a split-Y design featuring ultra-bright, machined-face appearance with silver-painted pockets.

Aerodynamic considerations
Designers had to work with aerodynamic boundaries when crafting the Volt’s new form, ensuring the car would slip through the air as efficiently as possible to offer its General Motors’-estimated 50-mile all-electric range.

“With electric vehicles, such as the Volt, aerodynamics play a more important role in efficiency than conventional vehicles,” said Nina Tortosa, aerodynamics engineer. “The knowledge we took from the first-generation Volt and other recent Chevrolet cars allowed us greater leverage to work with a more flowing design.”

2016 Chevrolet Volt - Image Credit Tom Moloughney/InsideEVs

2016 Chevrolet Volt – Image Credit Tom Moloughney/InsideEVs

One of the key areas where designers paid close attention was the aerodynamic performance of the Volt’s rear end. While a longer, tapered tail generally means better aero performance, it can hamper cargo room and look slightly out of proportion.

However, the teams devised a rear end design for the 2016 Volt that incorporates aero-optimized side panels that flow smoothly into a more rounded rear section with pushed-out corners.

Additional aerodynamic enhancements and new features include:
• A new shutter system behind the grille to manage airflow into the engine compartment, which enabled the designers’ desire for a shorter front overhang and wider grille opening – attributes that would typically add to aerodynamic drag. In typical highway driving when less airflow is required for cooling, the shutters close to block air from entering the engine compartment, reducing drag and enhancing efficiency
• Sculpted tail lamps were shaped in GM’s wind tunnel to minimize airflow disruption that adds drag, based on lessons engineers learned with the Chevrolet Impala

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.8 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive & active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

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9 Comments on "2016 Chevrolet Volt – Exterior Design"

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Stuart22

Nothing breakthrough, but quite contemporary and attractive nonetheless.

tedfredrick

Me likey

Dan Hue

Who in their right mind would buy a Camry over this?

electric-car-insider.com

A significant improvement in styling. 50 mile all-electric range is a big win.

Francis L

Too bad, gen 1 is better looking. This look is too generic : it really looks like a Honda Civic or a Hyandai Elantra. But this is highly subjective, others might really like.

Nix

Well, Honda sells a whole butt-load of Civics, and the same for Hyundai with the Elantra. So while looks are indeed highly subjective, if GM wants this to be a mass market car, getting compared in looks to mass market leaders isn’t the worst thing in the world. Generic sells. Sells a lot.

Nix

Or rather, selling a lot makes a good design seem generic in retrospect once you’ve seen it a lot.

Nix

The side shot slightly resembles a Model S. I mean this in a good way. No other angles, just the direct 180 degree side shot.

Priusmaniac

The design of the car is rather a good surprise with an effective crumple zone in front and enough room in the trunk. I like the side view most.