2013 Chevrolet Volt, Equinox Add Safety and Tech Features

2012 Chevrolet Volt

For the 2013 model year, the Chevrolet Volt and Equinox add an impressive array of safety options which just a few years ago would have been relegated to luxury vehicles. The new safety measures include forward collision alert and lane departure warning systems and are available on both models, according to GM's vehicle ordering guide and GM Inside News, a General Motors' enthusiast web forum.

The Chevy Volt also gets some more updates, including a body-colored roof and liftgate – instead of black — and a leather and suede insert upholstery option.

Mechanically, there's a new "EV Hold Mode," on the Volt, which will allow drivers to reserve the Volt's electric-only mode for city, rather than highway, driving, according to GM Inside News.

The 2013 Chevrolet Equinox also gains another engine choice. Like the 2013 GMC Terrain, there's now an available 301-horsepower, direct-injection V-6 option available on the 1LT, 2LT and 1LTZ trims. 



The 2013 GM Volt gets some new stuff. The 2012 version had 'Normal', 'Sport' and 'Mountain' powertrain modes.

Normal =90KW electric motor output
Sport = 110KW electric motor output
Mountain= Tells the car to keep the battery charged up. Useful for when you are in a police chase or want to charge up a hill and wants to maintain a large battery buffer for long duration power --> Keep the genset on!

The 2013 model adds a 'EV Hold' mode, which tells the car to keep the battery at the specific charge level that it currently is at. Very nice for customized powertrain behavior.

Gotta love it!

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