The big news about the Chevrolet Bolt EV last week is that it’s getting more range for the 2020 model year. The improvements allow Chevy’s small EV, which also happens to be GM’s only EV in North America, to better compete against newfound rivals – the Hyundai Kona Electric and the Kia Niro EV. But that’s not all the good news for the Bolt, since new information tells us that Chevrolet is planning to update the interior of its electric sub-compact.
The Chevrolet Bolt EV has been around since 2016 relatively unchanged, if not for the increased range and a few new exterior colors. Even so, the Bolt EV is still competitive both in terms of price, technology, and various other elements (like cargo space) when pitted against its primary competitors. Meanwhile, the 259-mile range allows it to remain one of the best electric cars currently on sale from a value standpoint.
But one area where the Bolt EV could improve is the interior. While stylish, with a clean and modern interior design and infotainment interface dominating the dashboard, the Bolt EV’s cabin has often been cited for having low-quality materials, sub-par build quality and hard, uncomfortable seats. Luckily, that will soon change.
According to GM Authority sources, the Bolt EV will finally get better seats, along with a few other updates. The changes will likely be made for the 2021 model year – the same time that the Bolt EV is up for a midcycle enhancement, otherwise known as a refresh or facelift. What’s more, 2021 is also the same time that the Chevrolet Bolt EUV will launch in North America. Since both vehicles share the same architecture, battery pack and drivetrain, it makes sense for the Bolt EV to inherit a significant amount of updates from its larger crossover variant.
So if you’re in the market for a Chevrolet Bolt EV but are not a fan of the cabin or their seats, you might be better off waiting to buy yours. The 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV hits dealers this fall with a starting MSRP of $37,495 including destination and freight charges, while the 2021 model – the one with the incoming interior upgrades – should arrive around the fall of the 2020 calendar year.