The next-generation Chevrolet Volt PHEV made its official public debut at the 2015 North American International Auto Show and now features a sleeker design and a lighter, more efficient powertrain.

The side and rear of the new Volt

Labeled by the company of having a 'flowing, dynamic shape inspired by the toned physiques of athletes,' it has a swept-back designed front end with sleek headlights and its signature upper and lower grill pads. A distinctive character line, along with a muscular rear wheel arch can be seen on the side of the 2015 Volt while the rear has unique taillights and a bumper with an integrated diffuser.

The interior of the new Volt

Inside, the Volt's unique dual digital color displays have been retained while a separate instrument panel is used to control Chevy's MyLink system. There is a distinct metal dashboard trim and separate climate control knobs and buttons were used for a clearer center console.

Providing power for the 2016 Volt is a new Voltec powertrain that consist of a 1.5-liter inline-four cylinder engine that produces 102 PS, a 18.4 kWh-lithium ion battery pack and an electric motor that cranks out 151 PS and 398 Nm of torque. It is 45 kg lighter than the previous powertrain but will be 12% more efficient according to Chevrolet. It has a top speed of 157 km/h, can go from 0 – 97 km/h in 8.4 seconds, has an electric range of 80 km and has an overall range of 676 km.

The powertrain of the new Volt

Recharging the battery can take up to 13 hours via a 120V socket or 4.5 hours when recharged on a 240V socket. Other features of the car include 10 airbags, a standard rear-view camera, lane keep assist with lane departure warning, side blind zone alert, rear cross traffic alert and forward collision alert.