DETROIT -- The 2016 Chevrolet Volt debuted today here in Motown.
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The new model features a totally redesigned exterior that is much sportier than the more upright first-generation.
The high tail hides a liftback hatch.
Wrap-around tail lights add to the sport sedan aesthetic.
The Volt still looks like a Volt and retains the previous model's gloss black tearduct details.
The new model features a redesigned Voltec powertrain beneath the new sheetmetal.
A plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, the 2016 Volt is able to cruise for 50 miles under pure electric power before its gasoline engine kicks in to extend the range to 420 miles.
With regular recharges between short trips, Chevy estimates that the average Volt driver could go 1,000 miles between fill ups.
I was most pleased to see the Volt's interior get a refresh.
The digital instrument cluster now features a more cohesive design that guides the eye to important bits of information.
Meanwhile, the center stack gets simplified and now features significantly fewer buttons.
The electric drive unit is more efficient and more responsive at city speeds.
More efficient and more attractive, the 2016 Chevrolet Volt appears to be an even fiercer competitor to Toyota's Plug-in Prius.