GM has trotted a lot of information out to the public about the second-generation 2016 Chevy Volt, including a lower price and specifications on the upgraded Voltec drivetrain. But one tidbit we’re still missing out on are official EPA MPG and MPGe numbers. Some tweaks to the Volt’s official website could hint that those numbers might be higher than anticipated.
An eagle-eyed reader at the GM-Volt forums noticed that the information under fuel economy had changed from 41 MPG, as originally quoted by GM, to 43 MPG. That brought the MPGe ratings (using the combined electric driving range and gas engine) up to 106 MPGe, compared to 37 MPG and 98 MPGe for the outgoing 2015 Volt. The total driving range also changed, from 420 miles to 430 miles, and then back down to 420.
That doesn’t necessarily mean anything is set in stone, though. GM isn’t planning to release official fuel economy figures until sometime in July… even though GM will happily take a deposit and order for a 2016 Volt if you live in an early adopter state like California. Note that the 50 miles of electric driving range remains unchanged, though official power figures may also be adjusted to 150 horsepower and 293 lb-ft of torque, a difference of +1/-1 from the original press release.
Considering that GM went full steam ahead with the hype train when the original Chevy Volt was release, I think a more conservative approach is better for everyone the second time around.