The redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Volt is now in showrooms, but only in certain regions.
Chevy is limiting second-generation Volt sales to California and other states friendly to plug-in electric cars for the time being, but will roll the car out nationwide early next year.
The 2016 Volt will have a shortened model year, making way for the 2017 Volt's arrival this coming spring.
That 2017 model will get some extra available equipment compared to the 2016 Volt, but will have almost the same price, according to CarsDirect.
EDITOR'S NOTE: After we published this article on December 25, GM released an order guide revision that shows a $50 base price increase and a $50 higher mandatory destination fee. That equates to an effective $100 increase on both 2017 trims. We have updated this article accordingly.
The biggest change in terms of equipment will be the addition of adaptive cruise control as an option on the Premier model.
The system comes bundled with blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, forward-collision warning, lane-keep assist, low-speed automatic braking, and intelligent high beams--all of which adds $2,185 to the Volt's sticker price.
There's also a new exterior color option called Citron Green Metallic, essentially a pale metallic green.
Meanwhile, pricing isn't expected to change for 2017.
Chevy will actually raise the MSRP by $50, and there's also a $50 increase in the destination charge--meaning a total price increase of just $100.
Including destination, that means a base 2017 Volt LT will start at $34,095, while the Premier will start at $38,445. Neither price includes any Federal, state, or local incentives that may apply to a purchase.
Chevy apparently won't add a mid-level trim, keeping the LT and Premier (previously referred to as the LTZ) as the only two options.
There are no changes expected for the powertrain, which uses a 1.5-liter four-cylinder and T-shaped, 18.4-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack.
The Volt's EPA-rated 53 miles of electric-only range and 42 mpg combined should remain unchanged as well.
Despite its limited availability, the second-generation Volt is selling fairly well.
Chevy managed to sell 1,324 2016 Volts in October--the new model's first month on sale--and 1,980 in November.
Total Volt sales from October through December were 6,129, or a whopping 46 percent of 2015's total sales of 13,279.
With wider availability, the 2017 Volt could realize even larger sales volumes when it arrives in showrooms this spring.