2016 Chevrolet Volt Ordering Guide Now Online – Full Specs, Options Revealed

APR 15 2015 BY JAY COLE 81

2016 Chevrolet Volt Order Guide Now Out

Full 2016 Chevrolet Volt Specifications Revealed (Photo: InsideEVs/Tom Moloughney)

This weekend, General Motors published its “Online Order/Reference Guide” for the 2016 Chevrolet Volt.

2016 Chevrolet Volt  By The Numbers

2016 Chevrolet Volt By The Numbers (click to enlarge)

Which means that even though we don’t know the pricing for the car yet (expected later this month), we do now know every component offered – both standard and optional, along with all the overall specifications.

The first thing that strikes you when checking out 25 page guide is that there is a lot of deleted, not available or optional equipment to be found on the base “LT Hatchback” (LT) trim level, as compared to the “Premier Hatchback” (LTZ).

When it comes to that eventual pricing announcement, this wide separation between models and options  is probably a good thing, as it appears there will be a more aggressively priced, de-contented model for those who are just looking for that 50 miles of all electric driving…and don’t need a “rearview inside auto-dimming mirror” (unavailable in the base trim).

There is some more serious sacrifices of course, such as the base 2LT model only gets one type of seating trim – so if you don’t like cloth seats in black (or cloth at all), you are going to have to upgrade.

Features of note/significant changes from gen 1:

  • Cadillac’s Intellibeam headlights make an appearance as a option feature on the LTZ
  • Forward Collision Alert, Lane Keep Assist, Front Automatic Braking,  Following Distance Indicator – LTZ option
  • Standard 6 speakers (optional 8)
  • Heated driver and front passenger seats/heated steering wheel available on LT, standard on LTZ (rear seat heat also standard on LTZ)
  • No sunroof, no power seats available on any trim level
  • Navigation on 8″ touchscreen is an option on LTZ, not available on the LT, No CD player available
  • Automatic audible signal during low speed driving
Like This Interior Combination In Leather?  It Is Available Only In The  LTZ Trim (Jet Black-Brandy Leather)

Like This Interior Combination In Leather? It Is Available Only In The LTZ Trim (Jet Black-Brandy Leather)

Below we have selected those features that differ between the LT and LTZ Models, as well as some of the options available.

To check out the whole 25 page PDF (to see such standard features listed as 4 wheel disc brakes and rear electric defogger), hit up GM’s fleet order guide here.

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“Automatic audible signal during low speed driving”
So what is this going to sound like?

Anything like this maybe? 🙂

60’s classic rock.

Which wire do I clip?


Hopefully there’s a setting on the touchscreen.

If I am forced to have one, I want it to sound like a vehicle from the Jetsons.

“The Imperial March” from “Empire Strikes Back”. Just to let all those gas guzzler drivers know “You will be assimilated!” 🙂


(Yeah, I know the “assimilated” quote is from “Star Trek”. So sue me.)

Flintstone’s car sound. Brilliant!

Hopefully like Bladerunner….

Nissan said that it would sound like that.

Yes! Wouldn’t that be awesome!

Seriously, I thought of the “Spinner” whine/hum from “Blade Runner” also, but just now listening to some YouTube clips… I think that would get annoying really fast.

OTOH, that Vangelis movie score would be great!

“Features of note/significant changes from gen 1:
No sunroof, no power seats available on any trim level”
Actually this is exactly like Gen 1…

It’s nice but not enough for me to think about trading my 2014. Add front vented seats and adaptive cruise (already available in the Ford Fusion) and I may trade.

i agree, i think that the gen2 Volt looks good but i think that the gen1 Volt is better designed.

I was hoping for power folding mirrors, a real convenience when leaving your car parked on a narrow urban street.

I can’t believe we are still required to have mirrors when cameras could do the trick and save millions of gallons of gasoline each year.

Cameras are a lot less reliable (more complicated electronics to fail, and yet more software that can be buggy); the lens has a much smaller surface area than a mirror’s, so more vulnerable to dirt/water (and the driver-side external mirror is in a location where you can wipe it off from inside the car, while driving).
The internal display for the mirror now has to be one that isn’t subject to sunlight glare or washing out in sunlight — those exist (in use in military laptops) but are _really_ expensive.
I wouldn’t buy a car without physical mirrors unless there is simply no other choice.

I’ve seen a couple of designs with sleek thin mirrors that seem to be the perfect transition. Use the camera unless it fails, then you always have the thin mirrors that are more aerodynamic. I forget which concept car was supporting them but it made a lot of sense.

the software is probably not much of an issue; the bigger problem is the optics of the lens. in actual practice, you can get light conditions that produce undesirable refractions and light contrast conditions that the camera is not going to handle very well, as anyone who has ever used a camera much can attest.

it’s one thing to use a backup camera; when you are backing up, you are typically moving slowly and so it is not a big deal to turn around and look through the rear window if the camera isn’t working so well. but you don’t want to have to do that kind of thing at highway speeds when you are traveling at speeds in excess of 100ft/sec.

I think many of the issues mentioned can be overcome by good optics and software.

The issue of dirt can be mitigated by dirt repellant coatings and/or, who knows, a mini-rearview camera wiper as we already have for windscreen, rear window, headlights. The comparisons with backup-cameras is not valuable since they are mostly low-cost crap.

The issue of high contrast due to headlights, low sun etc can be overcome by software. Every modern cellphone has an ‘HDR’ option for its camera that takes several shots at different exposures and combines the different light and dark areas into one uniformly exposed image. Modern computing hardware can easily do this in real time for 100 fps. Remember that you don’t need an 8 MP backup camera and you don’t have to do it on a ‘shoestring budget’ enery-wise (due to the miniscule phone battery).

The main thing that I would miss in a rear view camera is probably depth.

a lot of things sound like a good idea conceptually until you see how they actually work in practice. you obviously don’t have a car that has a backup camera, which would allow you to realize how well those things work when in actual use.

I rarely use the side mirrors at all. I use the rear-view mirror and turn my head for the blind spot. I generally leave the passenger mirror folded in and have the driver side mirror at angle such that I can’t see much unless I move my head up higher (in order not to be blinded by headlights at night).

I’m pretty sure I’d be find with a decent camera system.

Looks like you can’t get polished aluminum wheels in the base level version.

Will they still have a white center stack??

I remember in Gen 1 the only way you could get rid of the white center stack was to order leather seats.

Also it looks like we can get the ash leather as an option in the base model.

I knew they’d do something to force me into the premium version……got to have polished wheels…..no painted aluminum.

Funny you say that. I just bought my second Volt and went out of my way to find one with a white center stack!

I feel like more people will want the light ash leather seats than polished rims, possibly causing them to opt for the LT instead of the LZ. I Could be wrong though.

I want the light ash, comfort packages, and nav, but don’t care about polished wheels.

Polished aluminum wheels FTW!

Can you get the 5 spoke wheels in the higher trim level?

I don’t like the painted wheels that came later, but I like the original brush finish OK.

i’d be very surprised if they still offered a white center stack as GM is trying to use more “mainstream” design disciplines in the gen2 Volt.

The automatic dimmer I find annoying at night.
It stops dimming on brightly light highways at night, even with bright headlights behind you.

I’ve never had a problem with mine. I wonder if yours isn’t positioned well? There’s two pivots on the rear view mirror, which many people don’t realize.

Some also opt to rotate the mirror so the sensor is at the bottom, though I don’t care for this personally.

The dimmer works well for me, it’s a surprise feature that I didn’t think I would like. Now I find it odd that I have to adjust the mirror manually in other cars.

“There is some more serious sacrifices of course, such as the base 2LT model only gets one type of seating trim”

Jay, I thought people were complaining that the gray leather option is only available on the LT? That would give it multiple seating trims, and an option that the LTZ doesn’t have. Am I missing something?

I suppose I need to read the online order catalog. 😉

“sunglass” is becoming must have – wont have PR stun of car industry.

As mandatory as “will lower taxes AND increase budgetary spendings!” for any politician.

The wide spread between stripped and premium versions with a rich set of (high priced) options is the best evidence yet that the Volt is heading for mainstream status.

I suspect only the stripped version will be attractively priced. Loaded versions will probably be priced as high as or even higher than the current top end Volt.

I think it has more to do with the possibility of certain States capping the rebates at around $35k.

The knight rider sound.


The base model looks fine to me. Not that I need another car right now.

Looks like decontent, over content. ‘Premium’ is almost unchanged from 2015, except for heated steering and rear seats?

There were so many things Chevy could have done. Power seats, ventillation, sunroof, front defrost, adaptive cruise. The parts bins are mostly already there.

B-Class Mercedes owners, who thought they were getting separate functioning heating elements in their windshields, are evidently disappointed. What they got functions nothing like a simple rear window element:
It makes too much sense, not to drone on about it. i3 reviews, after their first winter, are revealing the very same problems. Don’t let 1000’s of watts do the job of 100’s.

Not picking on the volt, but in general car manufacturers seem to be continuing down the road of fewer and fewer standalone options, and even the ‘trim packages’ are pretty sparse as far as choices go. The uncanny thing here, is that we’ve been media saturated with “Flexible Computerized Manufacturing”, when the reality is, there is really no point in special-ordering a car anymore, since you can’t get the features you want anyway, or delete features you don’t want, where as 40 – 50 years ago you had HUGE numbers of choices. For instance , not many people did, but if you wanted the stylish Chevy Monte Carlo with a 3 speed ‘on the tree’ (old fashioned steering wheel shifter) manual transmission, they’d build it for you. And save you the optional extra money of the turbo-hydramatic. Other cars had small 6’s (sometimes even a 4) up to mammoth v-8’s, with choices of power steering, brakes, airconditioning, power windows, seats, tranmission choices, (3 or 4 speed manual, 2 or 3 speed automatic), or none of that. They’d even give you some money back if you said you didn’t want the standard am radio, calling it a ‘delete’ option. The contemporary… Read more »

On the other hand, 40-50 years ago there were only a couple of different cars offered by each manufacturer. Today Chevy sells nine different cars in the US, not including SUVs or trucks.

Huh? Large cars : Biscayne, Bel-AIre, Impala, Caprice, and then more than triple that with convertible, 2 door coupe, 2 door sedan, 4 door sedan, and station wagon variants. Mid size: CHevelle, Malibu, El Camino along with most of the variants mentioned above. Compact: (Depending on the year): Corvair, Vega, Chevette, CHevy II/Nova, with several trim levels in each of the models, along with several body styles/station wagons. All with plenty of optional extras. Chevy trucks and Isuzu’s (LUV trucks), suburbans, When I go to the chevy dealer today what do I see? Aveo (discontinued), sonic, Cruze, and diesel cruze, Volt, Malibu basic and hybrid , and then Impala with a few models and trim levels and maybe 2 or 3 engine choices and ZERO transmission choices. ANd maybe a special order CNG model. THen there’s equanox, trailblazer and extended, and maybe a colorado if it still exists with that defective 5 cyl engine, and a silverado. And the only place there are ‘some’ options is with the trucks… Here competition has kept that up since you can get the options with the FORD F-150, and if they haven’t lost their market share due to the aluminum body, then GM… Read more »

Of course I’m forgetting the Monte Carlo and Camero and Camero SS, and I believe either was available in an RS trim (hidden headlights amoung other things), and then
nowadays the HHR, plus that expensive ‘1940’s’ ugly roadster, and of course, the Corvette in a few models.

But the choices simply aren’t there anymore to the extent they used to be.

With the imports, you used to cut them some slack since they were made in Germany or Japan, and logistics prevented extreme specialization.

BUt that’s really not a problem anymore, since if you want an American Made car you buy a Nissan or Mercedes.

That limit is the dealer’s fault. GM offers many cars that dealers will not sell because they just want to make money. The Volt is one car that some dealers will never sell. So go and find a different GM dealer.

My brother-in-law, who is the General Manager of a car dealership in San Diego, pointed out to me that in California, there is no such thing as a non-refundable deposit on a car. The consumer can always renege and get their deposit back.

So, while you may be able to build-to-order, the dealership runs the risk of ending up with a custom combination that they don’t think will sell to anyone else.

Therefore, California dealerships only order a handful of standard models.

the alfred p. sloan model of cars “customized” to the wishes of the customer ended decades ago. for example, in the late 1970’s, during the days where you could pick and choose individual add-on options, there were nearly 70,000 different combinations of options that you could have chosen in a ford thunderbird. automakers got rid of this approach in favor of options packages in the interest of manufacturing cost efficiency.

I think the irony is that while flexible manufacturing enables more variations to be built, the supply chain and inventory management business issues are pushing manufacturers the other way to minimize variations.

Flexible manufacturing is more likely to be used to build more than one vehicle type on a single line that to build variations of a particular vehicle.

the thing about flexible manufacturing is that it allows you to reconfigure to build different car models. but if you wanted to use flexible manufacturing to build 70,000 potential different variations on a single car model, you would have to maintain A LOT of inventory to be able to flexibly manufacture any variation at any given time. the problem is that inventory is expensive.

Well, they could use some common sense about it. Otherwise it sounds like an accountant telling an engineer how to save money building cars. Why not do both? For instance, on the 6.6 kw charger most here want (yes, I realize the majority supposedly *don’t*): they could take 1- 3.3 kw charger and, up to the new volt, that was the ONLY product GM used in ANY EV. So they have to maintain ONE type of car charger. They could offer the one as standard equipment on all cars. On the volt, bolt, future caddy escalade hybrid, future silverado hybrid, etc, they could also offer the ONE as standard, but then offer two chargers (for 6.6 kw) for the very large or high mileage evs and they’d still be using only ONE part number company wide. Multiple charger equipped cars would have to have a 2-fer cooling/cabling harness to ‘advise’ the other charger in a master/slave configuration what size to output back to the j1772 connector. Assuming the j1772 can handle 30 amps, there would only be one of these connectors also required. All cars could be wired with #10 AWG at the j1772 since the run of wiring in… Read more »

Lack of chademo is a deal breaker. I’ve enjoyed my Volt, and I’ll go drive the new one out of a sense of duty to try every new EV or PHEV on the market, but I think it’ll be my last GM for a while. Also, it’s too bad there’s no performance package like what they just reported on the Caddy. 0-60 in 6.4 is respectable, and we all knew the car had it in her.

My bigger question for Chevy: where is my electric muscle car? I don’t know about everyone else, but I’m ready for a mean-looking, balls to the wall EV from one of the American marques. A 600hp electric Camaro or Challenger, please. Make it ungodly expensive, but please make it and I’ll buy it. The world has enough fleet cars.

On a related article here, you might want that 1968 mustang 1200 horsepower model.

The article never mentioned how far it can go, but it can go 174 mph. That should keep your testosterone satisfied. Hopefully you don’t have to change the brushes in the motors that often. The 2 series-wound DC motors smoke and wheelie the tires pretty good!

In the YT comments, they say it can go 40 to 50 miles, but that is because it has just enough battery to do what it needs to. They could put more in there, but that would increase the weight. I’m sure the builders would do whatever you wanted as long as it’s physically possible and your check clears.

Why would lack of chaedmo be a deal breaker for a hybrid with such a short eectric-only range?

Interesting about electric muscle cars. I was talking with someone the other day about EVs and their fuel economy, and he said that the U.S. would save a lot of energy by adopting them.

I replied that he’d better hold that thought, because if EVs ever really do go mainstream, it will happen because the batteries get much more energy dense and much cheaper — and that once this happens, this being America, the first thing we’ll do is find ways to waste electricity.

I don’t get the Chademo. A quick 50% charge only gets you another 25 miles. If an 80% charge would take 45 minutes, the charge rate is only about 10 KW/hr. This isn’t much faster than the 6.x kW/h rate that I think the level 2 standard supports.

I would also dream bigger on the EV Camero. 600 hp isn’t going to beat the Model S family sedan. How about at least 800-900. It could be the “green” mid-life crisis car.

the fast charging thing is more of a fixation among EV enthusiasts. fast charging makes more sense in BEVs where you have no choice but to use stored charge. but even there, the recharge time is so long that market is going to be mainly limited to EV enthusiasts and people who are buying the BEV as a special use (as opposed to general use) vehicle.

the better question is: would you be willing to *pay* for an EV “muscle car”? probably not.

“Oy!” said the thousands of P85 owners out there…

“Oy!” said the workers on the BMW i8 assembly line too, as BMW doubles production, adding an entire second shift….

both of the cars cites are high price, low production volume, vehicles. so the question once again is: are you willing to *pay* for such vehicles?

i didn’t think so…

And the Volt is not low production?

The answer to your question is again, many have, and many will.

The Volt is super-mass-production compared to an i8.

You don’t need a CHAdeMO plug because there is a CHAdeMO charger under the hood.

The Volt model is simple: Charge over night and drive all day using the resources on board. No compromise, no restrictions. And still drive 80+% electric.

So, no adaptive cruise control AGAIN? You’re killing me GM…

This should be standard by now or at least an option I can get, without all the other stuff I don’t need…

The Fusion looks pretty good and all Ford needs to do is increase their EV miles and things start to look pretty competitive..

The Active Cruise Control is a great feature to have. I used it for the first time a few days ago when I had the BMW I3 Rex for 3 days. It would be nice if the Volt has it as an option.

I dont want a honda civic

The author never gave the link to get the ordering giude, so here it is:

Choose “Print ModeL” for the entire book (or choose a section), then click “Print”. A new PDF appears which can be printed or saved locally.

Yada, yada, yada… blah, blah, blah. Who reads all these stupid comments.

By the time you select a bunch of A’s and equipment groups, you’re probably looking at $50K after tax credits.