2017 Chevy Volt to get new tech, wider distribution

The 2017 edition is expected to arrive in showrooms this spring.

The Chevrolet Volt is reportedly due to receive a few minor changes for the 2017 model year, truncating the 2016 edition that ushered in the second generation.

The hybrid is finally receiving adaptive cruise control, according to CarsDirect. The feature will complement the existing assistance technology such as available lane-holding assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and automatic emergency braking.

The 2017 Volt is expected to be compliant with the Environmental Protection Agency's Tier 3 emissions standards. Other automakers will soon be making the same transition, as the tighter regulations go into effect starting with the 2017 model year.

Aside from the cruise-control upgrade and enhanced EPA certification, the Volt adds a new exterior color, Citron Green Metallic, a subtle earthy hue borrowed from the 2016 Impala.

Perhaps most importantly, the 2017 Volt will be distributed to showrooms across the country. The 2016 model was available on a limited basis in 10 states with an established appetite for hybrids, ranging from California to Rhode Island and New York.

Buyers will get the first chance to pick up the modestly revised Volt sometime late this winter or by early spring 2016.

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