No one saw this coming but Chevrolet has partially shown the second-generation Chevrolet Volt at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. However, only the front end is teased while the rest of the proportion remains anyone’s guess.
From what we can see, the new model carries an improved and sharper design theme over the outgoing model. The brand’s trademark double grille has been removed and replaced by two new grilles that are covered to improve aerodynamics. It gets redesigned headlights and daytime running lights as well.
Changes are more than skin-deep, though. According to General Motors, the new Volt is the first rethinking of the company’s “extended-range electric” drivetrain, which was first introduced back in 2007. The 1.4-litre engine has been replaced with a new 1.5-litre mill with direct injection, a 12.5 compression ratio and a host of upgrades.
It’ll also get a new battery pack, which is co-developed with LG Chem. Compared to the unit used on the current Volt, the new battery is 13 kg lighter but can store 20 percent more charge. It contains 192 cells, instead of 288 like the current model, and is positioned closer to the ground.
The Chevrolet Volt is expected to make its full debut at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show.