2013 Chevrolet Volt Details: New EV-Hold Mode, MyLink, Safety Systems

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If you want a 2013 Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric car, searching the web may not get you much.

Chevy hasn't yet put details of next year's Volt model on its website, for instance.

But it did release ordering details to its dealers, and the intrepid sleuths at GM Inside News uncovered them.

While the first model-year 2011 Volt was released as a fully-loaded vehicle for $41,000, the 2012 model came with a lower $39,995 price but a lot less standard equipment.

While we don't have pricing details on the 2013 Volt yet, we do know that it gives buyers more ability to mix and match options above the base vehicle.

The list below includes both technical changes and details of new options and features, based on our reading of the 22-page ordering document.

Here's what you need to know about the 2013 Chevrolet Volt:

  • The much-requested charge-sustaining "EV Hold" mode will be fitted to the 2013 Volt in addition to normal, Sport, and Mountain modes
  • Volts will now have three possible emission level options: standard, the e-AT-PZEV specifiation that earns the Volt a coveted "green sticker" for single-occupancy HOV lane access in California, and a new AT-PZEV level.
  • If the navigation system is ordered, it will include Chevrolet MyLink, the voice and touchscreen infotainment and control system
  • Safety Packages come in two levels: Package 1 includes an auto dimming inside rear-view mirror, rear park assist and the rear camera, and Package 2 adds front park assist forward collision alert and lane departure warning.
  • Heated seats and steering wheel can now be ordered with cloth interior, not just leather
  • Rear-seat passengers may enjoy a new option added for 2013: a center rear armrest.
  • The roof and the hatchback will now be painted entirely in body color, rather than black
  • There's a new, extra-cost exterior color option: silver topaz

2012 Chevrolet Volt

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With the launch of the 2014 Cadillac ELR range-extended luxury sport coupe coming up next year, we may see more substantial changes to the Chevy Volt for the 2014 model year.

Until then, Volt sales figures will no doubt be watched eagerly by electric-car fans and foes alike.

Which is a good note to end on: The Volt sold better last month than it has in any month since its December 2010 launch, with 2,289 Volts delivered in March.


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Comments (11)
  1. Minor corrections. There will not be a heated steering wheel. The leather wrapped steering wheel is mentioned as a separate item from the heated front seats in the comfort package. Also, MyLink is never mentioned in the ordering detail changes. So it's probably going to remain an optional package that would replace the Nav package. Rather than an addition to the Nav package. But we'll know for sure soon, I expect.

  2. @David: Thanks for this. Are you a Chevy dealer or employee?

  3. Heated steering wheel. Hmmm. I would rather have a cooled steering wheel and cooled driver's seat. I live in way south Florida. Down here, heating is free.

  4. All sounds like good improvements... But next to increasing EV range, lowering price, I would have prefered that they added an Eco Mode. Primarily for extended range to get the higher mpg's that they know they can get by upping the rpm's. That would have sealed the deal for me.

  5. Still waiting for the low-cost Cruze version of the Volt.

  6. Wait until 2016 and then buy a used 2011 volt .. Just be ready to kill the current owner and buy it from his estate!

  7. He might not have to go to that extreme... That owner might be ready to upgrade to the 2nd Gen. It would be a good bet.

  8. You can negotiate with me for our 2011 fully loaded crystal red Volt around January of 2014 or a bit before. We have this on lease and absolutely will be migrating to another new Eco-toy at that time. The car should have less than around 31,000miles as we travel a lot out of the country, and I have a 5 month Fulbright Professorship in Warsaw in 2013. This car was even featured in an Associated Press TV piece on the new EVs last year.

  9. "auto dimming inside radar view mirror," I understand auto dimming mirror, but what does "radar" mean in this context?

  10. I suspect a MS Spell Check contribution to a misspelled "rear" perhaps as "raar"

  11. I silly me, I should have realized. Thought it might be some cool new tech.

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