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2016 Chevy Volt rolls out in Detroit

After a quick peek last week at CES and a press release earlier this morning, Chevy fully unveiled its next-generation Volt at Detroit's North American International Auto Show today.

The big news — other than the sleeker, all-new design — is that electric-only range has increased about a dozen miles to 50. At that point, a gas engine kicks in, offering a total range of "more than" 400 miles before a fill-up and recharge are necessary. The engine is all-new, a 1.5-liter unit that takes regular gas and delivers a combined fuel economy of 41 mpg when in use. Charging comes in 4.5 hours connected to a 240-volt source.

Inside, the Volt carries on the tradition of a two-screen dash — one for the instrument cluster, the other in the center stack — but both seem better and more useful. Remote start, heated seats, Bluetooth connectivity, and integrated LTE round out Chevrolet's usual list of tech and comfort features.

Pricing hasn't been announced, but it'll be in dealerships in the second half of 2015 as a 2016 model.


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