2016 Chevrolet Volt – Live Gallery From The Chicago Auto Show

FEB 17 2015 BY JAY COLE 66

Another Look At The 2016 Chevrolet Volt From Chicago (Image: Mike Anthony/InsideEVs)

Another Look At The 2016 Chevrolet Volt From Chicago (Image: Mike Anthony/InsideEVs)

We go to a lot of auto shows.  So far this year, we have already made it to 4.  Last year, an even dozen.

2016 Chevrolet Volt From Chicago (Image: Mike Anthony/InsideEVs)

2016 Chevrolet Volt From Chicago (Image: Mike Anthony/InsideEVs)

However, the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, was our second chance to poke and prod inside the 2016 Chevrolet Volt ourselves.

Billed as the “nation’s largest auto show“, the 2016 Chevrolet Volt is now on display in blue through the 22nd.  Unfortunately, it is still currently off limits to the public, but we got a chance to superficially scuff up the car again along with other journalists on Thursday.

Editor’s Note:  After the 2016 Volt’s debut in Detroit (photos), we also saw the 2016 Volt earlier at the Washington car show, and this past weekend at the Canadian International AutoShow (yes, it’s one word in Canada) in Toronto.

Of interest:  The 2016 Volt is on display along with the (only) copy of the Bolt EV Concept through this Sunday (February 22nd) if you are in the area…but bring a jacket, it is hella cold.

You can find all the details of importance on the 2016 Chevrolet Volt that now features 50 miles of all-electric range and a combined 41 mpg of fuel efficiency in extended range mode here.  The car will go on sale in the second half of 2015.

We anxiously await an opportunity to get the next generation Volt on the road for a test drive, but until then, here is some live pictures of the plug-in Chevy from Chicago.  (We will also have a little video blog from the inside of the 2016 Volt online shortly)

2016 Chevrolet Volt In Chicago (Image: Mike Anthony/InsideEVs)

2016 Chevrolet Volt In Chicago (Image: Mike Anthony/InsideEVs)

2016 Chevrolet Volt Front Driver Seating(Image: Mike Anthony/InsideEVs)

2016 Chevrolet Volt Front Driver Seating (Image: Mike Anthony/InsideEVs)

2016 Chevrolet Volt Center Console Cluster - Goodbye Nuisance Haptic Controls From 1st Gen (Image: Mike Anthony/InsideEVs)

2016 Chevrolet Volt Center Console Cluster – Goodbye Nuisance Haptic Controls From 1st Gen (Image: Mike Anthony/InsideEVs)

2016 Chevrolet Volt Back Up On The Stand In Chicago (Image: Mike Anthony/InsideEVs)

2016 Chevrolet Volt Back Up On The Stand In Chicago (Image: Mike Anthony/InsideEVs)

Story At Eleven:  It's The2016 Volt Flipping Door Sill!  (Image: Mike Anthony/InsideEVs)

Story At Eleven: It’s The2016 Volt Flipping Door Sill! (Image: Mike Anthony/InsideEVs)

Always A Lively Topic - The Chevy Volt's Rear Seating!  ((Image: Mike Anthony/InsideEVs)

Always A Lively Topic – The Chevy Volt’s Rear Seating! ((Image: Mike Anthony/InsideEVs)

2016 Chevrolet Volt With Running Lights On (Image: Mike Anthony/InsideEVs)

2016 Chevrolet Volt With Running Lights On (Image: Mike Anthony/InsideEVs)

2016 Chevrolet Volt Passenger Entrance (Image: Mike Anthony/InsideEVs)

2016 Chevrolet Volt Passenger Entrance (Image: Mike Anthony/InsideEVs)

Chevrolet Bolt Production Press Conference In Chicago...Attended By The 2016 Chevrolet Volt (Image: Mike Anthony/InsideEVs)

Chevrolet Bolt Production Press Conference In Chicago…Attended By The 2016 Chevrolet Volt Only (Image: Mike Anthony/InsideEVs)

On The Scene At The Live Media Announcement For Bolt Production (Image: Mike Anthony/InsideEVs)

On The Scene At The Live Media Announcement For Bolt Production (Image: Mike Anthony/InsideEVs)



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Nice pics. I wonder what the “12mi” means on the display?


On ELR that’s the odo.

Black is nice, but the blue looks great! I am still thinking what it would be like to start my Volt and have the predictive range be 60-62 miles or so, since I usually have a predicted 46-48 in the warmer months.

I don’t think my genset would come on more than once every two or three months, til winter hits of course. I am at 20 gallons used in 20 months and that would have been around 12 gallons with the new Volt. But that kind of points out just how well the first Volt harvested most of the low hanging fruit.

I REALLY hope this car is priced at or close to $29,900.

Even if it is….would you really want a base stripper? I’d probably go for a nearly/fully loaded one for the new safety features.

My 2013 is a base car and I like everything about it except for a few things that aren’t changeable by options.
If Chevy had a really good nav system I would pay for that option. Not a huge fan of leather or heated seats, take em or leave em. I prefer to park my own car, the rear cam is standard on the 2016. Never wanted to use heated steering wheel. I seldom play my music loud enough to make a premium system worthwhile and given my tinnitus it would be like throwing pearls before swine.

So maybe nav, but the real reason I want the MSRP to be below $30k is perception. The idiot that decided to make the base Volt $40,145 ought to be flogged.

“It is an electric golf cart, and it costs more than $40 THOUSAND DOLLARS!!”

Why give your enemies that effective a sound bite when less than 2000 base 2011MY Volts were sold and the $200 price reduction * 2000 would have only cost GM $400,000 for a huge reduction in bad publicity.

And yes, it would have a made a noticeable difference in how people perceived the Volt in late 2010 and early 2011.

Sorry, I went into semi-rant mode for a minute there! 😉

I like heated seats. For those of us who have bad backs (like me) heated seats can help with the pain. As for heated steering wheels, I wish I had that this morning when I got into my car with the outside temp below zero.

I know that they have different designers but I have a serious question. How can Chevy do such beautiful graphics in the instrument cluster and such ugly graphics in the MyLink system. All of the fades, iconography etc. in the cluster is fantastic. My opinion of course.

yeah, the new onstar app looks ghastly compared to the old one.

Cool! Hey Jay, any pictures of the buttons near the shifter? I saw one photo that had the top of a couple buttons shown, but it’s behind the shifter, and I haven’t seen a photo that captures them.

Just curious as to what those buttons are. 🙂

…only a cell phone shot (from NAIAS). But here you go:

Hat tip to Tom!

Can you also ask them if there is a non-blue shifter option? At least on the non-blue cars…

Plasti-dip. 🙂

No other options…you could use black duct tape, I hear that works on anything.

Jay just won the interwebs.

Haha, I’ll see if the dealer will throw that in for not too much extra.

I think I’d apply the tape to the lower flashy chrome beard. In the pictures, at least, it looks to me like just too much shiny surface

Awesome, you the man! Looks like the drive mode button is now located there then? That will completely eliminate any concerns people used to have about accidentally pressing the power button when switching to Sport Mode.

No problemo…yupe on the mode button location – makes a lot of sense.

I think it will still happen and the driver still will blame GM/car. 🙂

Here’s a better pic.

No, I don’t care for that at all kdawg…takes away all the “real-life mystery”

Let me take a picture of that with my cell phone and rehost:

Haha, hilarious! I’m dying over here.

Great pics (and back-pats) all around.

LOL! Much better, thanks Jay!

Wish I had that (Edit) button on my screen to fix all my tpyos.

It’s a glorious button…it has the ability to make the user appear as an elite, flawless wordsmith while others flounder (although I could use the term founder as well as I sense ffbj might object to my usage on this occasion) in anguish with their tiny smartphone keypads.

Unrelated note: Editing functions now available only when you subscribe to the InsideEVs premium edition membership at just $99.95 per month.

Not to be a pest, but it’s founder. Although it is often misinterpreted as flounder, since in many ways they mean the same thing. I speculate that the term founder has gone out of fashion, and that most people are not even aware of the word or it’s meaning. Though as a matter of course, among the plebiscite, I think it is permissible to use flounder, though it tends annoy the infallible wordsmith.

Not sure why you are telling me that ffbj, as I clearly noted the two uses of the word before you commented.

…and in no way did I go back and edit that additional notation into my statement to present my point more accurately, (=

Jay, you’re on fire today. It seems you’ve had far too much caffeine, or it’s a full moon tonight, or something… 😛

It was a late night last night working, and I confess to being a little “punchy” today, lol.

I think you meant “its meaning,” and not “it’s meaning,” though I only point this foundering since we’re on a “flounder” versus “founder” tangent. 🙂 😉

Dang, and here I thought -I- was the only one OCD enough to point out grammar errors here.


Nope, I hold back a lot, haha. 🙂

And as a part-time story editor, Jay also has to put up with my OCD, though I don’t have enough time (for at least 6 more months) to go through every story. 😉

It’s more like CDO, which is OCD except the letters are in the right order as they should be.

LOL, you must know a few Apple product leakers! 🙂

As a nit pick, I’m kind of bummed that the front turn signals are still not LED. They have LED headlights here, and LED daytime running lights, but still incandescent turn signals??

And how much energy do you suppose LED turn signals would save? At least they aren’t fluorescent. With all that turning on/off, they would blow out in a week! (Unless you’re in NJ, then they’d last the life of the car 😉 )

LED turn signals have nothing to do with energy savings for me, and everything to do with the look. A blinking incandescent lamp looks so antiquated on an otherwise high tech vehicle.

I rather like my 27 watt turn signals on the Tesla. People in the other lane can really see I plan to turn. At 1/2 the power of a headlight, they’re attention getters.

My last car with LED turn signals was my 2004 Amante (KIA).

The LED lights I’ve seen (or perhaps, prefer) are much brighter than a typical vehicle’s incandescent turn signal lamp. Although, I don’t know that a typical turn signal lamp is 27W either.

The instant on/off of a bright LED also seems to get more attention.

I suspect these are some of the reasons emergency responder vehicles are switching to LED more and more. Possibly some thought about cost savings for operation too, though since they never turn off their engines, they never really save on that operating cost.

I’d also add that they’ll last longer. At some point, you’d probably need to replace that incandescent bulb while you had the car whereas an LED is likely to outlast the car itself.

Well, Brian must be mistaken about his Voltec charger’s (now lack of) Guiding Light.

I was in a radio shack store once and a kid
couldn’t figure out why his LED’s would keep burning out.. I told him if he’s planning on using a 6 volt source try using a 100 ohm 2 watt resistor, or else use a 2N2906, a 33 ohm resistor in the emitter, and 1000 ohm collector to base (1/2 and 1/4 watt, respectively) if he insisted on regulated brightness with a varying 6 volts.

Now why the people at Lear couldn’t figure this out, well, should I send them a bill for the design?

“Well, Brian must be mistaken about his Voltec charger’s (now lack of) Guiding Light.”

I would bet my hat that the LED light not working has nothing to do with the LED, and everything to do with the wiring to it.

Point being, I think the LED in his unit isn’t burnt out, and the resistors are sized properly. It’s the wiring mechanism from the cord button or from the EVSE that is faulty.

I also give lessons in wiring, switches, and soldering.

Haha, then for that, they should hire you. 🙂

Good point on the looks. LEDs definitely look nicer than incandescent.

As for outlasting the car, I have never had to replace a turn signal on a car. Yes, I’ve seen others with them out. I know they go. But it’s not uncommon for an incandescent signal to outlast the car.

It’s sadly a cost-savings move that is overly common amongst vehicles that have otherwise seen a transition to LED lighting. A bulb costs them a few cents versus a couple dollars for a LED. At least you can buy them aftermarket, but they really shouldn’t put this on the customer and just complete the look from the factory.

I do find myself in a bit if a quandary over the new Volt’s style. Early on I was one of those folks crying for more “normal, good -looking EVs” as opposed to the “EV Unique” look. Now, however, the “car guy” in me finds that I would like something that “stands out” a bit from the crowd. I recognize that’s not everyone (hence the sea of Camrys, Accords, black, white and every shade in between colors, etc.), but let’s face it, lots of us on this and other EV sites were “car enthusiasts” before we ever became EV enthusiasts.

I have even decided I “like” the BMW i3 (because it is unique)…and I was one of the first to decry its looks early on!

I’ll reserve my judgement until I see it in person (Dallas auto show in another month or so).

Oh, I don’t know. I think I agree with Brian below when I say that the more I see it the more I like it. I get what you’re saying, but I think GM struck a balance between “conventional” styling and uniqueness. It retains characteristics that make it unique while following a more conventional design language. I think that is what Tesla did with the Model S, gave it a unique design that has a more conventional flavor to it. And I think it works. I do not like the i3 at all, and my desire for “standing out” is overridden by how fugly it is.

One thing to keep in mind is that GM, as a car company, wants to sell cars and wants to see a constant uptick in sales of its cars, particularly the Volt. They’ll pursue whatever means leads them to that end. If it means “unique” styling, that’s what they’ll do. But right now that means conventional styling, so that’s what they did.

Agree that this was likely a good move to simply sell more cars (this is “mass market” Chevy after all) and increase EV adoption. it just may not be the most exciting car for a “car guy”. Of course, the EV options at this price point are pretty limited.

I look forward to the day when the EV drive train is ubiquitous and we can go back to simply debating the merits of the BMW 3 series vs. the Audi A4, and Mustang vs. Camaro, etc. 🙂

Yes, that would be a good day indeed. 🙂

I like this car more every time I see it. It just kills me that they are still making only a compact version. Make a midsized sedan and/or a crossover, and they won’t be able to build enough to meet demand.

Agree 100%! Even Toyota moved the Prius upscale into midsize territory with the 2nd Gen Prius. I was hoping that, at the very least, GM would do the same with the Volt. For now, I just have to drum my fingers and wait for the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. Hope they don’t pull a Tesla and keep shifting back the release date.

I agree as well. I am starting to look at the Bolt and wonder if it might actually be roomier than the Volt due to the flat pack and the “dedicated architecture” as Reuss put it last month.

I went and tried out a FFusionEnergi last week and it was really nice but man is it short legged.

I am coming to the conclusion that if I buy a 2016MY Volt, I will have to break down and sell my 350Z and buy a 4 or 5 year old people mover for the extra space. I would really miss the sports car, though. I just see myself keeping 3 cars, the condo I live at would pitch a fit and they were really cool about installing a plug for me.

Sounds like you need to sell two cars and get a used P85.

I understand how you feel. I’d like to replace my aging Prius with a 2016 Volt and get a used CUV (like a CRV or Rav 4) to cover my passenger/cargo needs until the Outlander comes out. Don’t think the Bolt will work for me since it doesn’t have a supercharger network that comes with it and I can’t afford a Model X.

Agree, a small SUV with Volt tech would be hot

I’m having the same feelings that I had after Apple releaed the iPhone 3G in 2008. Sure, I had my original iPhone that I liked the design of. But the more I look at the new Volt and the more I look at my Gen 1 Volt, the more my Gen 1 Volt feels like an original iPhone.

I called my Volt Advisor and asked him where the LTZ wireless inductive phone charger was located and he couldn’t tell me. I like that the designers thought lots about nooks for smartphones – surely pens and my phone will go into that slot by the shifter.

Being they said the interior was finalized 2 years ago, and that smartphones and tablets keep getting bigger and bigger. Perhaps that finalization process is a bit long?

Anybody know where the wireless phone charger is? It is listed on the LTZ options list.

If I have to guess, it would have to be either in the center console storage bin or in front of the shifter where the current phone pad is…

Current Volt looks better

this thing looks super generic and boring

no rounded front end, ugly ford fusion tail lights, cheap looking headlight reflective material with bulbs showing (bulbs in 2016? Lol), interior looks cheap, etc.

My Volt has been starting out with 42-45 miles on pure electric recently and i get 42 MPG so there is really no big improvement anywhere.

Still getting a Tesla next, i knew the new volt would be a disappointment.

We have a volt and in the winter the car gets about 25 miles on a charge and in the summer 32. It can seat 2 people comfortable in the front and the back its a little cramped. So much for seating 4 people comfortable. No ground clearance, I assume for wind ? Why don’t they make this car larger for more battery capacity to get more miles on a charge. They need to get a different design team for looks. Before it is all over G.M. will @#%$ this up just like they did with the 5.7 Diesel. My wife likes her car and I think she got taken. The starting price was to be around 30 thousand after the government rebate she paid over 44 thousand for this ride.

For anyone who has been inside the car live, can you tell us what the function of the opening on the dashboard in front of the instrument panel is. It looks to be a HUD or maybe collision avoidance lights. Can anyone confirm?