GM revealed Sunday a refreshed Chevrolet Bolt EV and a brand new, larger — but nonetheless compact — crossover referred to as the Chevrolet Bolt EUV as a part of the automaker’s objective to introduce 30 electrical autos within the subsequent 4 years.
The autos, that are anticipated to go on sale this summer season, are like siblings: the pair share a lot of the identical DNA however have their very own distinct variations. The 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV is larger than the Chevy Bolt hatchback. GM lengthened the wheelbase of the EUV by about three inches. In all, the EUV sits some 6 inches longer than the Bolt EV. The result’s a compact crossover with 39.1 inches of rear seat legroom.
The EUV — a GM acronym which means electrical utility car — additionally has the notable distinction of being the primary Chevrolet to have the hands-free driver help system referred to as Super Cruise. The hands-free system received’t come customary, nevertheless. Drivers must improve past the EUV’s $33,995 base value.
That $33,995 value level stands out as a result of it’s truly slighter cheaper than the 2021 Chevy Bolt that’s presently sitting in dealerships. The new refreshed Chevy Bolt, which is described in higher particulars under, has additionally acquired a value reduce.
The takeaway: GM is utilizing its scale to maintain costs low in hopes of attracting clients who’ve a rising pool of EV choices.
The EUV could have an estimated vary of 250 miles, which is just a few miles decrease than the Bolt EV. The car may even include an ordinary twin degree cost twine with a changeable plug that lets drivers select 120V and 240V charging.
The EUV may even include native navigation. That’s an necessary addition on this two-member Bolt portfolio. The Chevy Bolt EV, which first debuted in 2016, doesn’t have a local in-car navigation and as a substitute depends on both Android Auto or Apple CarPlay for maps and driving instructions.
Importantly, neither one in every of these autos is a part of the brand new Ultium battery platform that GM revealed in spring 2020. The Ultium platform is designed to assist a variety of merchandise throughout its manufacturers, together with compact vehicles, work vehicles, massive premium SUVs, efficiency autos. The Bolt EUV and Bolt EV must be seen as an necessary placeholder, two autos that can assist maintain it within the recreation whereas it really works on its extra formidable EV technique.
The 2022 Chevrolet Bolt
The Bolt EUV wasn’t the one car GM revealed Sunday. The automaker has additionally refreshed the Chevrolet Bolt, the hatchback electrical car that first debuted greater than 4 years in the past.
The upshot: most of the specs stayed the identical, the inside acquired an improve and the worth dropped by $5,500.
The 2022 Chevy Bolt’s underlying battery platform, the BEV2, has remained unchanged.
The automotive, which fits on sale this summer season, has a 65 kilowatt-hour battery pack that gives an estimated 259 miles of vary. It can be nonetheless powered by a single motor — identical to the unique — that generates 200 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. The car is similar width as earlier than, however gained a skosh in top and is now 63.four inches taller, whereas shedding lower than an inch in size.
The 2022 Chevy Bolt, which begins at $31,995, is a pair grand cheaper than the brand new Bolt EUV. For that value, GM tried to pack in a bit extra resembling an up to date fashionable inside and “extra comfy” bucket seating, based on the corporate. GM stated the enhancements had been based mostly on buyer suggestions.
The car features a touchscreen show that could be a bit bigger at 10.2 inches in addition to an 8-inch digital instrument cluster. Just just like the earlier model, the 2022 mannequin comes customary with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. As talked about earlier than, the 2022 Chevy Bolt nonetheless doesn’t come customary with in-car navigation, relying as a substitute on CarPlay or Android Auto.
One new characteristic is a button within the heart console that when engaged permits one-pedal driving. The driver depresses the accelerator pedal to maneuver; as soon as the motive force’s foot leaves the pedal, the car’s regenerative braking kicks in and can convey the car to a cease.
The Chevy Bolt doesn’t include GM’s hands-free driver help system referred to as Super Cruise. GM selected the Chevy Bolt EUV for that system, which has been corralled over in Cadillac for the previous a number of years. The Bolt hatchback does come customary with the “Chevy Safety Assist,” six options that features lane maintaining help and a warning if the car leaves the lane.