The 2018 Chevrolet Volt is the car to go for if you are looking for a small eco-friendly hatchback. In addition to its top-level “eco-friendliness”, the model also scores big in terms of safety.
The Chevrolet Volt is one economic car; the hatchback can rely solely on electricity on regular day trips. What’s more, it comes with a gasoline engine that kicks in when you decide to take it on long distances. For the last two years, Chevrolet has been increasing the model’s all-electric range but such won’t be happening this year as it carries over from the outgoing model without any mechanical changes. In fact, overall, the model features only mild changes for the 2018 model year.
2018 Chevrolet Volt Exterior
The Volt features Chevrolet’s “dual grille” but it’s not optimized for air intake as the car does not really need it to cool the engine like regular gasoline sippers do. In place of the conventional intake is a plastic cladding finished in matte silver. The side profile is unchanged. Actually, the model’s flanks are identical to the Cruze except for the Volt’s higher rear quarters as well as the “Volt” badge embedded onto the rear fender. Being a plug-in hybrid, the Volt also adds a charging port on the driver’s side front fender.
The taillights are also mounted higher to improve the aerodynamics of the car. The model has also gained three new colors which are Cajun Red Tincoat, Satin Steel Metallic, and Green Mist Metallic. Four exterior colors have also been discarded; they are Pepperdust Metallic, Citron Green Metallic, Siren Red Tincoat and Heather Gray Metallic.
The interior also comes with minor upgrades but remains cramped. The 2018 Chevrolet Volt still retains the twin-cockpit design finished in black as well as with silver accenting. A two tone-interior is optional for those who want to add more elegance. The rear seats will now accommodate 3 passengers rather than two; the automaker has added a third seatbelt to aid this new development but the three passengers will have to really squeeze to fit in.
It is however unfortunate that the automaker does not offer a leather-wrapped steering wheel and leather-wrapped shifter as standard on the LT trim as is the case with the current models. They are now wrapped with vinyl material but leather can be had via the Comfort Package which is optional.
For safety, 10 airbags and a rearview camera continue as standard. The likes of rear-cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, lane-keep assist as well as forward collision warning supported by automatic emergency braking are still optional; they are bundled in the optional Driver Confidence Package which is offered on the LT trim level; the features are standard on the Premier trim. For 2018, Chevy has added rear parking assist to the Driver Confidence Package.
On matters of entertainment, a Bose Premium audio system is still offered as an option.
Engine and performance
Under the hood, the Volt carries over with the same drive-train as the outgoing model. The drive-train includes an 18.4 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that enables the Volt to last for 53 miles on electric power alone on a full charge. As said earlier the battery pack is backed by a 1.5 L, gasoline engine. Upon depletion of the battery charge, the gasoline mill converts the hatchback into a standard hybrid. The mill is EPA rated at 42 mpg on combined drives. The gasoline mill is backed by an 8.8-gallon tank. When the tank is full and the battery pack is on a full charge, you can drive your Volt across the country as both combine to give the model a 420-mile range.
Price and release date
Chevrolet is yet to announce official prices of the model but considering little has changed, I believe the price will remain largely unchanged from that of the outgoing model. The outgoing model has a starting price of $34,095. Sales will likely commence next month (September 2017).