For the longest time, GM had been claiming that its soon-to-be-released Chevrolet Volt plugin hybrid would be able to travel up to 40 miles on battery power alone. Well, it seems the automaker has been struck by a smudge of optimism — it is now claiming that the Volt it capable of travel 25-50 miles on a single battery charge when variables such as terrain, driving behavior and temperature are factored in.
“When powered only from electricity stored in its 16-kWh lithium-ion battery; the Chevrolet Volt has a typical range of 25-50 miles depending on terrain, driving technique, temperature and battery age,” GM said in the filing under a section called “research.”
Let’s just hope this isn’t just a marketing spin.
New Chevy Silverado Makes History With A 4-Cylinder Engine
The Chevrolet Silverado can now be equipped with a fuel-sipping four-cylinder for the first time in the model’s history.
In the full-size pickup truck segment, Ford may have kicked off the concept of smaller turbocharged engines to boost fuel economy with its popular 2.7-liter V6 Ecoboost engine on the F-150, but the Silverado goes a step further by being the first full-size pickup to offer a 4-cylinder engine. The lineup now includes six different engines, including a 3.0L six-cylinder turbo diesel engine and several updated V8s.
Chevy’s new turbocharged 2.7L four-cylinder is mated to an eight-speed automatic and generates 310 horsepower and 348 lb-ft. of torque. That’s more power than the 4.3L V6, which is paired with a six-speed automatic and makes 285 horsepower and 305 lb-ft.
The 5.3L V8 now cranks out 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft., while the 6.2L generates 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft. The former is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, and the latter a 10-speed automatic.
As for the the 3.0L inline-six cylinder turbo diesel, it is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission and will be available in early 2019.
Sales of the all-new, 2019 Chevrolet Silverado begin in the third quarter of 2018. How will you equip yours?
Chevy Bolt EV Gets Tech Updates, New Colors For 2019
The Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle quietly moves into its 2019 model year with few small upgrades.
Those hoping for any kind of powertrain update will be disappointing. For starters, the 2019 Bolt’s order guide reveals the replacement of two colors (Arctic Blue Metallic and Orange Burst Metallic) with three new ones (Green Mist Metallic, Shock, and Slate Gray Metallic). Nothing wrong with a larger color palette…
A larger emphasis has been placed on car sharing with the introduction of a new smartphone interface for vehicle entry, start and operation, while a new Tire Fill Alert feature helps ensure the Bolt’s tires are at their optimum tire pressure. General Motors’ has been making these functionalities available through its Maven car-sharing network, which uses hundreds of Bolt EVs in its fleet.
Lastly, the Driver Confidence II package is now available on the LT trim level, adding a long list of safety features that include Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert, Following Distance Indicator, Front Pedestrian Braking, and IntelliBeam.
The Chevrolet Bolt may have been the first affordable long-range electric vehicle to hit the market, but it’s no longer the only player. Expect its mid-cycle refresh, if there happens to be one, to bring upgrades that are more notable, including a more capable battery.
Chevy’s RST Performance Package Comes To 2019 Suburban
Chevrolet’s RST performance package has come to the Suburban, granting it a range of performance accessories that should enhance its street presence.
The RST package made its debut on the Tahoe in 2017, and it seems demand was strong enough to warrant its expansion. The Suburban RST is available with a range of performance accessories that include a custom tuned Performance Dual-Side Exit exhaust system with sleek exhaust tips that improve exhaust flow by 28 percent, a Brembo brake package with front red six-piston, and fixed aluminum calipers boasting 16.1 inch x 1.3 inch Duralife rotors.
All the chrome on the standard Suburban has been removed in favor of a gloss-black grille with a body-color surround, body-color door handles, and gloss-black mirror caps. The roof rails, window trim, badging and Chevy bowties are also black.
The sportier Suburban is powered by a 6.2L V-8 engine that produces 420 horsepower and benefits from GM’s new Hydra-Matic 10L80 10-speed automatic transmission and renowned Magnetic Ride Control with performance calibration.