Chevy is making a new Bolt, but the current one stays as it is. Confused? Well, it’s quite simple: The carmaker will introduce a completely new model that will be named the 2021 Chevrolet Bolt EUV. Unlike the current model that comes in the form of the compact hatchback, the new one will be a small crossover. Just like its hatch sibling, the SUV will use electricity only. Moreover, judging by the latest reports, the newcomer will be fitted with an identical powertrain as the Bolt EV.
Drivetrain And Platform
Based on MY, the new Chevy Bolt EUV will be introduced next year. That’s quite important information because thus we are sure that the electric crossover has to use the same platform as the hatchback EV. It must because GM’s new architecture won’t be ready until 2021. According to the manufacturer, the company’s future BEV3 platform for future electric models will enable driving range over 300 miles. Still, the first model coupled with the design won’t be available before 2022, which leaves just one option for the 2021 Chevy Bolt EUV. It’s the current BEV2 platform and most probably the familiar drivetrain. The system uses a single electric motor capable of delivering 200 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque and a 60-kWh battery mounted underneath between front and rear axles. By using the setup, the hatchback version of the Bolt is capable to travel 238 miles on a single charging. Bearing in mind that the crossover looks slightly bigger and boxier, its drive range could easily be slightly reduced. Because of that, we think that there might be an optional (bigger) battery which will enable additional miles of range. That’s quite important since the Hyundai Kona, which will be the biggest rival of the 2021 Bolt EUV uses a 64-kWh battery providing 258 miles of range.
Beneath The Camouflage
The exterior styling of the all-new crossover from Chevrolet will have nothing common with its hatchback name-twin. The camouflaged SUV shows clearly boxier shape. Moreover, it looks longer and more dynamic thanks to its floating roof. Up front, the 2021 Chevrolet Bolt EUV hides a pair of slim headlights and an interesting bumper. We can’t really say how exactly is going to look the rear end of the new car. Moreover, these spy shots don’t reveal taillight design either, so we still have no clue what’s cooking. What we know for sure is the fact that the exhaust definitely missing, which is basically the biggest giveaway of the car’s electric nature.
The automaker hasn’t released any pricing info at the moment, but we are prey sure we that there will be no difference between the hatchback and crossover version of the electric Bolt. Meaning, the entry-point 2021 Chevrolet Bolt EUV will most probably be priced at $36,600.