2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV Preview
At a glance, you might think the teaser image for the new 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV looks just like the existing Bolt EV. No doubt, there are similarities, such as how the rear windows kick up into the rear roof pillar and the tapering roof line. Look closer, though, and you can see that while it shares a name with the existing Bolt EV, the new Bolt EUV is something else entirely.
EUV, if you haven’t already guessed, stands for Electric Utility Vehicle. And no, that’s not what your local power company employees are tooling around town in. The 2022 Bolt EUV is based on the same BEV2 electric vehicle architecture as the Bolt EV, but it features a stretched wheelbase and longer body to provide more passenger and cargo room. Still, make no mistake, this will be a small electric SUV.
Essentially, the Bolt EUV is a Chevy’d-up version of the 2021 Buick Velite 7, which is sold in China. The Buick boasts a new modular, liquid-cooled, high-performance lithium-ion battery pack that gives the Velite 7 a claimed 500 kilometers (310 miles) of driving range on the notoriously optimistic New European Driving Cycle (NEDC).
For comparison, the existing Bolt EV rates 565 km on the NEDC (351 miles), but it is EPA-estimated to provide 259 miles of driving on a single charge. Therefore, the math appears to suggest that the larger and heavier Bolt EUV will deliver around 250 miles of driving on a fully-charged battery.
But, for now, this is all speculation. The only official information from Chevrolet is that the EUV will be the first General Motors production outside of Cadillac to get the automaker’s subscription-only Super Cruise semi-autonomous driving technology. Oh, and spy photos show an oversized infotainment screen nestled within the Bolt EUV’s dashboard.
Chevrolet expects the Bolt EUV to start production in the summer of 2021 at GM’s Lake Orion, Michigan factory. A release date of fall 2021 is expected, and Bolt EUV prices will likely start in the low-$40,000 range, putting plenty of discounted daylight between the Chevy and the Tesla Model Y Long Range.
The information in this article is from Chevrolet and trusted publications, as well as speculation on the author’s part. It was accurate on August 26, 2020 but may have changed since that date.