For the 2017 Chevy Volt, things are looking good. This year marks the introduction of many great new features for the favored plug-in hybrid. For starters, it’s new 1.5-liter gas engine/generator combo no longer requires premium fuel, which bumps up the efficiency. Secondly, the technology that’s been added is exceptional, especially the inclusion of the updated MyLink system. Finally, this new Volt has also been upgraded with some of Chevy’s latest safety features, which means the days of compromising safety for the efficiency of an electric car are over.
Collectively, this adds-up to a huge upgrade for the Volt, and helps it separate itself even further from the competition.
Before it was upgraded, the major appeal of the Volt was its ability to drive longer than the competition using just the battery charge as a resource. Now, with the introduction of a refined hybrid system, it’s able to offer an electric range of up to 53 miles, and a total range of 420 miles.
Electric power is provided by two electric motors that work in unison to optimize the efficiency. That way, the electric charge is conserved longer, allowing the charge to provide more responsive power and torque for an extended period of time. The battery the charge is drawn from is a lithium-ion battery, which is what gives the Volt its 53 miles of all-electric driving range. This battery has been designed to hold more energy than the one offered by the first generation, and its even lighter than before — which supports the overall efficiency of the vehicle. Also enhancing the electrical efficiency is the regenerative braking process that Chevy labeled Regen on Demand. The idea is a smart and simple way to capture energy that would otherwise be lost; when the brakes are depressed, the Volt captures its own momentum to recharge the battery as it slows down. To use this function, a paddle is put on the steering wheel, and it allows you to adjust the deceleration and amount of regenerated energy that’s sent back to the battery.
As soon as the battery gets low on electrical charge, the 1.5-liter gas-powered generator/engine kicks in to keep the car going for up to a total range of 420 miles. That 420 miles of hybrid range is, obviously, only when the Volt has both a full tank of gas and full battery charge. This is a huge step-up from the first generation’s mileage, and it’s thanks to the refinement of the engine, as well as the lighter battery. Also, the fact that it no longer requires premium fuel is a huge money saver, and something that shouldn’t be overlooked when calculating the savings compared to other hybrid cars that may use premium fuel.
Apart from the efficiency, the Volt also provides a decent amount of horsepower and torque for a plug-in hybrid. 149 horsepower and 294 lb-ft of torque provides plenty of kick to get on the highway, or zip through crowded city streets.
Together, the two systems work in unison in order to provide hybrid power, and Chevy expects 1,000 miles between fill-ups with regular charging. This efficiency is still, and probably always will be, the main appeal of the 2017 Chevy Volt.
Just because it’s a plug-in hybrid doesn’t mean fun features need to be sacrificed. On the contrary, it appears Chevy decided to add some of their upgraded technological features to the Volt. Primarily, Chevy MyLink is the focus, and it now supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. iPhone users can now experience a more intuitive smartphone integration in Chevy vehicles; they can do things like make calls, listen to music, and get directions with their iPhone connected to the MyLink display.
Back this new compatibility up with built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi, and both Apple and Android users will be able to have access to the web wherever they are. On the Premier trim, take the tunes to the next level with a premium eight-speaker audio system (and a subwoofer) made by Bose. With this sound system on board, occupants will receive a more upscale listening experience, with crystal-clear highs and deep-booming lows.
Chevy also offers an OnStar RemoteLink mobile app that lets you control the Volt from virtually anywhere you go. You can remotely start the vehicle, lock and unlock doors, check the battery charge, and even view miles per charge to see the most efficient time to recharge.
On the safety side of things, this plug-in hybrid is boasting quite the array of standard and optional safety features. With the 2017 Chevy Volt, there is no need to compromise safety for this type of efficiency.
Some of the available advanced safety features set in place are Lane Keep Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Forward Safety Awareness systems. Lane Keep Assist has the ability to detect if you are drifting out of your lane, and if you are, this system will nudge the Volt back where it belongs. Rear Cross Traffic Alert activates when in reverse, and provides alerts to help the driver avoid collisions with vehicles approaching from the right or left. Forward Safety Awareness consists of Forward Collision Alert and low-speed Front Automatic Braking. These systems use camera-based technology to alert the driver to any slowing vehicles in your path, and can then automatically apply the brakes if necessary to prevent or reduce the severity of a collision.
The 2017 Volt also has Teen Driver Technology, which makes this a great vehicle to pass on to first-time drivers. This is a built in system that encourages teenagers to develop safe driving habits, and lets parents know how their teenager did behind the wheel. Inputting the pin into the MyLink display will enable a host of safety features, like muting the audio when the front seat occupants aren’t wearing their safety belts, giving audible and visual warnings when the vehicle is going faster than a set speed, limiting the volume on the music, and informing you if any safety features were triggered when the teen was driving. That way, you have a full understanding of how your teenager is driving.
Though it functions differently, given its hybrid status, the 2016 Volt prevents and protects against crashes just the same as the other dependable Chevy vehicles in the lineup.
To say that the Chevy Volt is an impressive car is an understatement. This electric-hybrid sedan will not only save you thousands of dollars each year at the pump, it will have you walking taller, knowing that you are doing your part leave less of an carbon footprint. While this fact is undeniable, it is also just a bonus to the endless benefits that driving a new 2017 Chevy Volt will afford you. If the idea of driving a hybrid electric car has intrigued you in the past, but you were turned off by its futuristic Jetson’s-like design, the 2017 Chevy Volt is exactly what you have been waiting for. Swapping out the old exterior design in favor of a more mainstream sedan appearance, the 2017 Chevy Volt is as sleek and efficient as ever before. The exterior of the Volt is not the only aspect of the sedan that has changed for 2017, with buyers across the U.S. rejoicing at its enhanced interior that offers rear bench seating for up to three passengers without sacrificing the versatility of the hatchback design.
While the aesthetic changes to the newest Volt are impressive, the advanced technology is truly what makes this sedan a shining star in the automotive industry. Starting at a moderate $33,220, Volt buyers are able to save up to $7,500 more if they qualify for the maximum federal tax credit. Most buyers automatically assume that the Volt is out of their price range, but when you consider the tax credit, along with lifetime fuel savings, the 2017 Chevy Volt is much more affordable than other traditional gasoline sedans. As you can easily see, the newest 2017 Chevy Volt is an affordable option for buyers here in the Cincinnati, OH area, and McCluskey Chevrolet has plenty of models in stock, and ready for you to take for a test drive. Whether you are interested in the base LT model, or the fully enhanced Premier model, our comprehensive dealer inventory has you covered.
The newest 2017 Chevy Volt is available in two different trim level options. The LT is the base model, and comes equipped with plenty of amenities and comfort features for the price. Automatic climate control, LED headlamps, keyless ignition, and the Chevy MyLink infotainment system are all included on this model. Drivers who choose this model, will also have the option to add on the LT Comfort Package, which adds heated mirrors, a heated steering wheel, leather upholstery, an 8-speaker Bose sound system, and heated front seats.
For drivers who enjoy more creature comforts than the base LT model provides, opt for the high-end Premier model. Boasting the same inclusions as the LT model, the Premier adds heated rear seats, a wireless charging pad, an automated parking system, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The 2017 Chevy Volt Premier model also has optional packages available that the LT model does not offer. A Driver Confidence Package adds extra advanced safety features, while drivers can also opt for the standalone navigation system, which is not available on the base model of the Volt.
Regardless of which new 2017 Chevy Volt model interests you the most, McCluskey Chevrolet has everything you need to get started on your journey to new Volt ownership. The benefits of driving this hybrid plug-in sedan are endless, and you don’t want to miss out on all of the savings that McCluskey Chevrolet has to offer on the newest rendition of this life-changing sedan.