By on December 16, 2020

Chevrolet has issued a close-up shot of the Bolt EUV to maximize its marketing mileage ahead of the official debut. It looks like we’ll be seeing the “Electric Utility Vehicle” (crossover) delivered to us piecemeal as General Motors has already issued a darkened silhouette of the model’s exterior and a similarly shadowy peak of what’s going on inside.

Carefully spaced to drop right when the public forgot that Chevy was building the Bolt’s bigger brother, we’ve been given our first image of the model with the correct lighting — and it actually gives us a real sense of what the automobile might look like when the lid is finally lifted.

Noting that the vehicle will receive sequential front (and presumably rear) turn signals, GM gave away that they would be integrated into running lights riding high on the front fascia. It’s even supposed to supplant the unit’s white light with majestic amber in a sweeping motion. That means the actual headlamps should be situated much lower on the vehicle — like on the Nissan Juke, Hyundai Kona, or Chevrolet’s own Trailblazer.

While we don’t know much else about the vehicle, it’ll obviously be larger than the hatchback with some additional ground clearance. GM told us to expect the EUV to be about 3 inches longer than the Bolt EV and provide a bit more legroom for occupants riding in the rear. It’s also supposed to be the company’s first battery-electric to get Super Cruise functionality now that the system is migrating away from Cadillac in an attempt to saturate the whole of GM’s lineup.

Chevrolet will release more details about the 2022 Bolt EUV in the coming months. GM is anticipating production to start next summer, so we imagine the official debut will take place in spring of 2021. Pricing is TBD but we’d imagine the company will probably tack a few grand onto the Bolt MSRP. Expect pricing to start somewhere around $41,000 for the base crossover.

[Image: General Motors]

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21 Comments on “Chevrolet Teases Bolt ‘EUV’ One Component at a Time...”

  • avatar

    I’m curious what there is to see…we’ve already seen the Mokka-e, which is Chevy’s new EV, with an Opel badge.

    • 0 avatar

      You’re curious, are you? I’m curious as to what bush you’ve been hiding under these last few years.

      The Opel Mokka-e is a differently-styled version of the Peugeot e-2008.

      Ain’t a single piece of Chevy or GM DNA in the thing.

      Probably just as well. After PSA bought Opel from GM, what, almost four years ago, it turned around the supposed money-losing Opel into a profit-maker within 18 months. I always wondered how GM carried Opel on its books, claiming it lost money year after year, and even allowing rain through the worn-out roof of the main Russelheim assembly plant, claiming things were so bad it couldn’t afford to fix the place up. I’m sure Opel lost money each year AFTER it paid its yearly tithe to GM HQ, all likely fiddled on the books as payment for GM Intellectual Property or some such ruse. Otherwise, you’d have to conclude PSA management was so far superior to GM’s that the GM lot should have been fired by its Board, because for that first 18 months of PSA rule, they did sell old GM designs. Like those orphan Buick Tour-X/Opel Insignia things and the original Mokka and Adam, AND made money off them where GM couldn’t.

      First thing Peugeot did after it consolidated its thoughts was to put in some of their modern engines, both gas and diesel, into those old Opel models. PSA claimed GM engines were well behind the times, and used that as a bargaining chip to get a low price for the sale of Opel. The Peugeot diesels were obviously superior, not so sure about the gas engines. Now, PSA have systematically exorcised the old GM demons with replacement vehicle models that use Peugeot platforms and mechanicals/electricals. And they don’t take years to bring new models into production like the moribund GM.

      The funny thing is, many of those supposed out-of-date GM gas engines were brand new SGE Microtec designs of three and four cylinder units made in a new GM factory in Hungary and also in Flint and in China. Like the 1.5l fours in the Malibu if it still exists. And now, made elsewhere, we get the threes in the fabulous new Buick Encore GX that seniors are swooning over.

      So there’s no Chevy in the Mokka-e whatsoever. GM gave up on full spectrum market offerings. It left Europe, It left India as well. Now they only make stuff, er selected market offerings, they think will sell at huge profit. There are now so many crappy little GM crossovers like Blazers/Trailblazers/Terrains/Encores/Envisions and on and on and on and what have you, that for the first time in my life, I gave up trying to remember a major automaker’s models. None of them are more than kitchen grade appliances, and not worth the waste of my time to memorize all the variants. Automotive sludge, much like the 99 variants of small CUVs Hyundai/Kia churn out to totally confuse not only prospective customers but their salespeople as well. Seems to satisfy people happy to motor around in a two-box crossover essentially the same as all the other anonymous blob two-box crossovers, finished in white and six shades of grey that merge into the background of decaying urban infrastructure in North America.

      Maybe the Bolt EUV will be a slam-dunk home run, and a delight to the eyes, a re-affirmation of all that is green, lovely and worthwhile in this world. But I wouldn’t bet on it.

  • avatar

    So GM thinks this will sell enough to make a reasonable profit? Also I forgot to post this on the Cadillac story, RIP Cadillac.

  • avatar

    There’s literally not one consumer in America staying awake at night thinking about this new Bolt. Not one. Why are they bothering with this teaser campaign???

  • avatar

    ” “Electric Utility Vehicle” ”

    So like the power company uses to service the grid?

    Really raising the bar of stupid, GM.

  • avatar

    This thing is going to make the Mustang Mach-E look appealing in comparison.

    That is not a compliment directed at either company.

  • avatar

    With the exception of the Fiat 500, the Bolt is the nation’s slowest selling compact sized vehicle. Anything with the Bolts name is garbage.

    • 0 avatar

      I would rather have a Fiat 500 than a Bolt.

      At least the Fiat presents the opportunity to have some silly fun.

      • 0 avatar

        I’ve driven both.
        The Fiat is fun in the electric and turbocharged variations.
        The Bolt is fun in much the same way. Tiny and quick; slices into any opening in traffic.

      • 0 avatar

        “I would rather have a Fiat 500 than a Bolt. At least the Fiat presents the opportunity to have some silly fun.”

        The Bolt is basically something the size of a Honda Fit with 200 hp. The car magazines timed it 0-60 in 6.3 seconds. That’s faster than any Fiat 500. It might even edge out a Civic Si. The new dual-motor versions should be even faster. People autocross them and the aftermarket has coil-overs and brake kits for it.

    • 0 avatar

      (the secret is they’re both compliance cars that lose their OEMs ~$10k per unit sold)

      At least in the Bolt’s case, it gets to be a tech dev platform as well for the EVs that will actually matter: Silverado, Sierra, Escalade, etc.

      • 0 avatar

        (the secret is they’re both compliance cars that lose their OEMs ~$10k per unit sold)

        It’s a new platform, so it may not lose as much or could be breakeven. The new batteries should lower the costs. Although, they do sell them pretty cheap. The real price is in the mid 20’s if you get the $8,500 cash on the hood along with the $3k Costco discount. Who knows, they might even be losing $20k per car.

        I’d like to see it with the AWD option on the hatchback.

  • avatar
    DC Bruce

    This marketing exercise is truly silly. It is premised on the idea that the product being slowly “revealed” is already desirable, so the excitement builds — e.g. the new Corvette. It’s hard to see the Bolt as “desirable” in any significant way, unless you’re the kind of person who gets excited about refrigerators or vacuum cleaners.

    The truth about any of these future “cars” is they are becoming commoditized, first in appearance (what can you do with the basic shape of an SUV to make it interesting or distinctive?) and secondly, with electrification, in driving characteristics.

    I occasionally watch a YouTube channel, “curious cars” which consists of 20-30 minute mini-reviews of various vintage and not so vintage cars by an interestingly dyspeptic salesman named Bill. His deal is finding these cars, cleaning them up a bit and then, in a reverse-psychology way, selling them via his reviews (he actually panned the BMW electric car, calling it a “toaster”). Anyway . . . one of his recent reviews was of a 1968 Buick Riviera, which had low mileage and was in good condition. It is a truly pretty car outside, in a way that nothing is today. The interior, as Bill noted, was showing signs of the General’s de-contenting, as compared to the most desirable Rivs (1963-65). It seemed, frankly, kind of crude. But the exterior design was beautiful, unique and therefore instantly recognizable as a Riviera.

    Hardly a commodity . . . and it featured a 430 cubic inch V-8 rated at 360 HP. So, aurally, it had character as well.

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