2016 Chevrolet Volt

DETROIT -- The 2016 Chevrolet Volt debuted today here in Motown.

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Revised look

The new model features a totally redesigned exterior that is much sportier than the more upright first-generation.

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Liftback

The high tail hides a liftback hatch.

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Tail lights

Wrap-around tail lights add to the sport sedan aesthetic.

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Glossy bits

The Volt still looks like a Volt and retains the previous model's gloss black tearduct details.

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Voltec

The new model features a redesigned Voltec powertrain beneath the new sheetmetal.

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50 miles of EV range

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.

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Your mileage may vary

With regular recharges between short trips, Chevy estimates that the average Volt driver could go 1,000 miles between fill ups.

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Interior

I was most pleased to see the Volt's interior get a refresh.

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Digital instruments

The digital instrument cluster now features a more cohesive design that guides the eye to important bits of information.

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Dashboard

Meanwhile, the center stack gets simplified and now features significantly fewer buttons.

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Electric drive

The electric drive unit is more efficient and more responsive at city speeds.

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2016 Chevrolet Volt

More efficient and more attractive, the 2016 Chevrolet Volt appears to be an even fiercer competitor to Toyota's Plug-in Prius.

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