The new Chevrolet Volt for 2017 gains a plethora of new changes including exterior revitalization and under its hood. With added features and power, the new Volt isn’t offering any clues for disappointment. Its release date has been earmarked for next year.
Some of the pros include a low fuel cost, an improved touchscreen interface, improved all-electric range, and new standard features for its base model. For 2017, the new Chevy Volt comes with several highlights including but not limited to: five-passenger capacity, a new driver infotainment system, an improved hybrid drive system, and updated controls layout.
We can all remember the reason why the new Volt was first developed: in order to offer an alternative to the all-electric vehicles. With that in mind, Volt gave owners the opportunity to drive in town without the worry of running out of electricity as it combines electric and gasoline power. When driving on electric power alone, the Volt can offer an impressive 35 miles.
The concept was loved and admired by many, who at the time, were still skeptical of the idea especially once it hits production stage. For 2017, however, things have improved and the electric range is no longer the main focus. The Volt gets a new body structure and design to along with it. It now offers a new design dissimilar to the previous generation.
The hybrid credentials have now been inculcated more. Under the hood, Chevy says that running on electric power alone should give you a range of up to 53 miles, which represents a total of 25 percent improvement over the previous year.
For most people who commute to work, that would be just enough to cover most of the distance. And now, the Volt gets a fresh 1.5L gasoline engine that kicks in whenever the all-electric power has been depleted. The gasoline engine, just like the electric power, has been improved by an impressive 13 percent.
Engine matters aside, the new 2017 Volt also comes with a retuned suspension and newer dashboard controls that give it a contemporary look. The unresponsive buttons and dashboard controls have been done away with.
Other alternatives in the market include: the 2017 Ford C-Max Energi hatchback which provides more interior space that the Volt and could be a better alternative if space is atop of your priorities; 2017 BMW i3, and Ford Fusion Energi sedan.
Available Trims – Chevrolet Volt
The new 2017 Chevrolet Volt is available in two trims: LT and Premiere.
Exterior Review & Interior Options Availability
The four-door, five-seat 2017 Chevrolet Volt LT trim comes with a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, an 8” touchscreen display, remote start, LED headlamps, 17” alloy wheels, automatic climate control, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a leather wrapped steering wheel, 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks, LED taillights, OnStar connectivity, six-speaker sound system, satellite and HD radio, an auxiliary audio jack, MyLink interface, and reconfigurable driver information display.
Optional details available for the LT include a heated steering wheel, heated mirrors, an eight-speaker sound system, heated front seats, and leather upholstery.
Opting for the 2017 Chevrolet Volt Premiere gets you an automated parking system, a rearview mirror, a wireless charging pad, heated rear outboard seats, and lane-keeping assist.
Other options include adaptive headlights, rear cross traffic alerts, blinds-pot monitoring, adaptive headlights, lane-departure warning, automatic braking, and a navigation system.
Engine Specs – 2017 Chevrolet Volt
Under the hoods of all the trims is a combination of twin electric motors and a 1.5L gasoline engine.
The electric motors are powered by a rechargeable 18.4 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The two powerplant work exclusively with the gasoline power kicking in whenever the all-electric power is depleted.
However, there are some exceptions, for instance, the gasoline engine kicks in whenever the vehicle is climbing steep hills and for overall performance.
The suspension tuning comes with up to four modes: Normal, Mountain Drive, Sport, and Hold. Recharging will require you to either use the 120-V outlet or the 240-V charging station. The recharging can also occur whenever the Volt is in motion.
2017 Chevrolet Volt Price & Release Date
Buyers should expect to be set back by an MSRP starting from $33,170 for the 2017 Chevrolet Volt hatchback. Release-date wise, we should expect the vehicle next month.
You can also get “giveaway” leases of the Volt at your nearest dealer.