2013 brings more color, more tech to Volt.
April 15, 2012
By: Nick Saporito
This weekend General Motors released the majority of their order guides for the 2013 product lineup. While most 2013 models are seeing nothing more than the normal year-to-year stuff, the 2013 Chevrolet Volt is seeing some noteworthy changes, including tweaks to the car’s design and a new EV hold mode.
According to the order guide, the 2013 Volt will now have a body-colored roof and rear liftgate. Since it’s 2010 launch the Volt has exclusively features a black roof top and black on the rear liftgate. Ironically, black roofs are an industry trend amongst sedans, so it seems odd that Chevrolet would now decide to abandon the black roof. Perhaps they feel this will make the Volt look more like a “normal” sedan?
The Volt’s main technical differentiator, its powertrain, is also seeing a slight upgrade. For 2013, Volt will have a new “EV Hold Mode.” The new mode will be in addition to the normal, sport and mountain modes. EV Hold will allow Volt drivers to force the car to go into extended range mode (meaning the gas engine is generating power) to hold the battery pack’s power.
For example, if a Volt owner’s commute includes 20 highway miles and then a lot of inner city driving, the owner can use EV Hold until they reach the city, where the car benefits the most from being in EV mode.
The EV Hold mode has been on the Opel Ampera in Europe since launch.
Rounding out the 2013 Volt changes is the addition of new tech features. Like most new GM products, the Volt is gaining lane departure warning, forward collision alert and MyLink will now be available with Volt’s navigation system.
Expect the 2013 Volt to begin production later this year. Much larger changes are expected for the 2014 Volt.