General Motors chose this last weekend to reveal most of their order guides for the 2013 product lineup, so if you want to find out what’s in store for the 2013 Chevrolet Volt, here’s a quick update on the new stuff.
First of all, the car received a design tune-up: a rear liftgate and a body-colored roof instead of a black one. This may raise a few eyebrows, because for the last two years, the Volt has only sported a black roof, aligning itself to some sort of sedan trend; but now, the team behind it has suddenly decided to change this feature for unknown reasons.
And second of all, we now have the “EV Hold Mode,” on top of the normal, sport and mountain ones, also seen on the European Opel Ampera. This new mode makes for an extended range, whereas the gas engine generates power to charge the battery pack. This is particularly useful until the driver reaches city roads, when the car can go into EV mode in full swing, since the speed is lower.
Other technical fine-tunes include a lane departure warning, a forward collision alert and a MyLink feature on the car’s navigation system. This new improved Volt will enter production towards the end of 2012, but if you think this issue has suffered changes, wait till you see the 2014 version!
[GM Inside News]