By on December 22, 2014


Can you see a C7-era Chevrolet Corvette in that new Volt’s face? There’s a reason for that.

Autoblog reports the second-gen PHEV will be taking some styling cues from the Corvette Stingray, including the latter’s taut hood lines and hexagonal tail lamps, as part of a new design strategy to link Chevrolet’s next-gen models — including the Cruze and Malibu — to the seventh-generation Corvette.

Returning to the Volt, the PHEV will also sport the regenerative-braking system currently generating power for the Cadillac ELR. The system allows the driver to adjust the amount of energy recovered as the situation calls for it.

Other expected changes for the new Volt include a 1.5-liter four-pot, longer electric-only range, more power — thanks to the addition of a second electric motor — and a larger battery.

The PHEV — sans dancing hipsters — will roll down the ramp January 12, 2015 during the 2015 Detroit Auto Show.

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35 Comments on “Detroit 2015: Next-Gen Chevy Volt To Gain Corvette Styling Cues...”

  • avatar

    “Can you see a C7-era Chevrolet Corvette in that new Volt’s face?”

    No, no I can’t…

  • avatar

    The 2013 Malibu had styling cues from the Camaro and we all know the results of that. In all it’s a very silly idea, just shows that those cars have no identity of their own.

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    I want one.

    C7 styling cues or not, I really don’t care, as I like the current styling, and sharpening up the lines just makes it better.

    I wanted a first-gen Volt, but at the time, the Impala deal I got… well, it was too good to pass up, and I’m not disappointed thus far.

    • 0 avatar

      Zackman, don’t you have a pretty hefty commute still? Or are we post-retirement planning here?

      I’m interested too, but I have been from the start. Now that my kids are out of the house this becomes a greater possibility for me…

      • 0 avatar

        I’ve been following the Volt since 2006, and I really want one.

        But, I test drove the 1st generation Volt and realized that, while my it’s range covers my daily driving and my kid’s car seat technically fit, it wasn’t really a family car. The thing just has empty nester written all over it, and I have two young sons.

        I was also bummed that the Volt’s gas-only MPG wasn’t competitive with the Prius it would be replacing in my driveway. Yeah, the combined MPG would be better…. But the Prius is paid off and is sitting in front of my house with 166k mostly-highway miles on it, and it really does need to be obsolete before we give up that comfortable old shoe!

        Hopefully the new Volt fixes both of those prablems and my wife will let me buy one. If not, I’m holding out for a Tesla Model 3. :-)

        • 0 avatar

          I believe the most popular Volt trade-in is a Prius. I suspect that the most popular Prius trade-in is also a Prius. If green cars only attract current owners of green cars, as is frequently the case today, their impact on emissions is almost nothing.

  • avatar

    I see a double Acura beak. Progress.

  • avatar
    daniel g.

    ok soooo what’s the diference with cadillac product then???the seats and emblems???

  • avatar
    Master Baiter

    I don’t see this, or any other plug-in hybrid, selling in the current environment of lower gasoline prices.

    • 0 avatar

      Initial indications are that people don’t expect the low gas prices to continue. I certainly don’t. Why would I base a purchase decision on a temporary market condition? A lot of people get this.

      An improved Volt will attract buyers. Had I the infrastructure (my own garage where I could install the charger), I would buy one as my next car. More power, better braking and improved electric-only range? Those are all very good things.

      • 0 avatar

        Good points bunkie. I think the general public has seen so many wild price swings that everyone is taking this period of cheap fuel as anomaly, not the new norm. Which is probably a good thing, as it will definitely be a burden once again to have higher fuel prices.

        As much as I would love something with a V8, I’m hanging on to my 4 cylinder car for the foreseeable future…

    • 0 avatar

      @Master Baiter, aka “troll”:

      Smart people know that these low prices are temporary. That’s why some will continue to trade up to hybrids. They will save money once gas prices go back up.

      Stupid people on the other hand, will continue to buy SUVs and trucks that just happen to have the lowest combined MPG. Coincidence? Nah. They’re just stupid.

  • avatar

    if the Corvette is your halo car and you are gaining momentum with it, does styling cue migration down to a Volt and a Cruze make the most sense?

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    What demographic are they targeting? I really don’t see the conspicuous consumption professional middle class flocking to something that takes styling cues from what they judge to be a prole with money car.

    The lack of buy in from the upper middle class seems to me to be The D3’s real problem. Here in SC , the indigenous country type folks are going Korean in a big way for cars and SUV’s. That may have a silver lining for Detroit. When Sir Makastir’s subordinates drive Kia’s, he make be a rake and buy a Ford.

    • 0 avatar


      Geeks like me think it’s way cooler than a Corvette. Or a BMW.

      I’ve run server racks that use more power than the Volt, so it fits there in my brain. And, yes I have one coworker who han a Corvette and one who has a Volt. I’ll take a ride in the one with new and interesting tech under the hood – rather than a refined sod to the past like the V8 or V12 or whanever the Corvette has under the hood, thank you.

      When it comes to old school big engines, you can buy as much power as you want. That’s kinda meh in my book, especially compared to something that only existed in labs and as homebuilt hotrods 10 years ago!

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    I remember when the Cobalt coupe had the Corvette-signature four round tail lights. Chevy said it had the “spirit of Corvette” or some similar marketing BS.

    I could see the Volt having the rectangular tail lights.

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    The best part of the current Volt is its front end styling. As usual GM finds a way to wreck something that worked. They ruined the lacrosse in the same way.

    • 0 avatar
      Carlson Fan

      I agree, I have always thought the current Volt looks “sweet” coming at you. The side view has lots of room for improvement IMO. I’ll wait until I can see the whole car before making any styling judgements.

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    Only GM can manage to put a 2005 face on a 2015 car and still be proud of it. And brilliant to tout your “Corvette influences” in the hood creases and tail lights but only show the headlight and lower bumper.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    So Chevy is late to the industrial design party.

    Kia, Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Mazda, and many others have done this for years.

  • avatar
    Nicholas Weaver

    “ELR style regen-paddles”? Oh god, no No NO! (And the next Volt is on my short-short-list)

    The only braking system to handle regeneration on a vehicle like this should be a 1-foot setting: Full off the accelerator should be max-regen, “brakes” are on, taillights are lit: there should be no regen on the brake pedal, but just simple hydraulics.

    It takes about 10 minutes to get used to a 1-pedal car (i3, Tesla), but you get much better efficiency in practice out of the hybrid system, and much better brake feel too if you ever end up using them (you don’t, unless its an emergency or you are hauling ass up a backroad).

    A 2-pedal regen system like a Prius is always less effective unless you really learn the feel of the car, because as soon as the normal brakes kick in, you’re wasting energy.

    • 0 avatar

      No it should not be a 1 pedal system that waists to much power since it makes it hard to coast. I’d love something that would allow me to adjust the regen braking on our hybrid. It really doesn’t take much to get the feel of the transition from regen only to regen+friction braking. My wife figured it out after having the car for less than a week.

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    Couldn’t hurt. But GM was stupid to roll this technology out first as a Chevy, rather than a caddy or Buick. Buyers who would actually pay to be early adopters.

    • 0 avatar

      Thank you, finally some one “gets it” You save your good stuff for your best brand and then let it trickle down, not the other way around. GM understood this with the Buick Encore first, then the cheap Trax 2nd. It’s a simple time-tested business philosophy, probably developed by GM

    • 0 avatar
      Nicholas Weaver

      Except that the Volt is already there, and is basically a technological “flagship” in its own right. Especially since part of what makes a car like a Volt good is make it super-light, which means more NVH, which means it really isn’t a Caddy or Buick.

      Toyota didn’t bring out the Prius as a Lexus. Its a Toyota. This is the same thing.

      • 0 avatar
        Carlson Fan

        I was thinking the same thing, Toyota didn’t bring out the Prius as Lexus. GM had planned/hoped that the Volt would be much more of a mainstream car that it has become. But in the same way the Prius has become its own brand I can see the Volt following the same path.

  • avatar

    I’d feel embarrassed to say “I own a Corvette.” Too Hanz & Franz.

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    Carlson Fan

    I noticed they had the back seat covered with a blanket in the video. Is this the first time GM has publicly announced that the Gen 2 will have a bigger battery w/more range?

    I was worried that GM was gonna let the Volt whither on the vine but it looks like they have done some substantial improvements with the 2nd Gen.

    Now GM actually market the goddam thing so people don’t think it’s an overpriced 40 mile EV that leaves you dead on the side of the road when the battery dies.

  • avatar

    “part of a new design strategy to link Chevrolet’s next-gen models — including the Cruze and Malibu — to the seventh-generation Corvette.”

    And I though making the Charger into a Dart was a dumb move!

  • avatar

    Acura finally throws the beak grille away and Chevy picks it up off the ground, slaps a bowtie on it and uses it.

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