Last week, we brought you the very first spy photos of a prototype of the future Chevrolet Bolt EUV. Now, we managed to catch the camouflaged mule driving around in the wild on video. What the new video shows is just how small the Bolt EUV will be, suggesting that it will be a rather small crossover SUV. Here’s the video in question:
Proportionally, the prototype of the future Bolt EUV seems to be slightly longer than the current Bolt EV, suggesting overall dimensions in the compact or subcompact range, while its top-heavy appearance suggests SUV-style functionality. Then again, the Bolt’s current proportions are very much SUV-like, Chevrolet officially recognized the model as a crossover during its launch.
If you look closely at the prototype’s side profile as it approaches the camera, you’ll notice a door and window design very similar (if not identical) to those on the Bolt EV. The wheelbase, however, appears to be longer, which makes sense given that we have heard that the future Chevrolet Bolt EUV will ride on the Bolt’s BEV2 platform.
From the way the prototype quietly glides out onto the open road, we can definitely confirm that it will be an all-electric affair. No specifications have been released, but the current Bolt EV’s 60 kWh battery pack does allow it to drive up to 238 miles on a full charge. Even if it’s been around for a few years now, the Bolt EV is still very much competitive, being right in the midst of more modern offerings such as the Hyundai Kona Electric. As such, dropping a longer body on the Bolt EV’s electric powertrain architecture would result in a package that’s relevant to a great subset of potential buyers, especially if properly priced.
With front-wheel drive sub-compact crossover SUVs being all the rave these days with vehicles such as the Nissan Kicks, Toyota C-HR and upcoming Hyundai Venue, an all-electric GM competitor would not only be a good fit, it could downright replace the Bolt EV within the Chevrolet lineup altogether.
We expect the Chevrolet Bolt EUV to launch in 2020 for the 2021 model year as a longer variant of the Bolt EV. It will be assembled at the GM Lake Orion plant in Michigan alongside the Bolt EV. The facility received a $300 million dollar investment in March of 2019.