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The Chevrolet Bolt has carried the electrical torch for Normal Motors for a number of years now. It’s lonely, however gained’t be for lengthy. Whereas loads of press gravitates in the direction of the upcoming Cadillac Lyriq, GMC Hummer EV, and a slew of electrical autos scheduled to comply with, there’s a much more humble automobile ready within the wings.

Chevrolet’s Bolt EUV takes the fundamental bones of the Bolt and provides a extra commodious physique — apparently, simply the factor to get observed by the American shopping for public. On Wednesday, GM provided a primary glimpse of the brand new mannequin.

Arriving in a yr’s time as a 2022 mannequin, the Bolt EUV will take its place in Chevy’s lineup alongside a refreshed Bolt. The 2 fashions share the nameplate’s present platform, slightly than the BEV3 structure slated for the Lyriq and so many others. That modular platform is designed to mate with the automaker’s Ultium battery packs, leading to ranges of over 300 miles.

Within the 2020 mannequin not less than, the subcompact Bolt is nice for 259 miles of all-electric driving, which remains to be very aggressive.

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Through a quick video through which a refreshed Bolt (seen above) morphs right into a Bolt EUV, we will see that the EUV is taller and longer than its hatchback sibling. The Bolt EUV’s profile and higher works reminds the viewer of the Buick Encore GX. Sporting a floating roof therapy and a a lot flatter beltline, to not point out a considerably elongated and flatter hood, the EUV’s decrease physique stays obscured. We hear the mannequin stands to realize a wheelbase stretch for elevated inside quantity.

Getting into manufacturing at GM’s Orion Meeting subsequent summer time, the duo would be the first Chevrolet fashions to hold the Tremendous Cruise hands-free driver-assist system discovered on sure Cadillac fashions. No doubt, the bigger Bolt will likely be a sufferer of sticker bloat.

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