The Chevy Bolt EV is now in its 16th month on sale in the U.S. market and 14th month in Canada. Sales are doing relatively well, with the model setting all-time sales records during 11 of the 12 months of calendar year 2017. And it looks like Chevy wants to sell even more of the small electric car/crossover by introducing a new package targeted at fleet buyers that deletes the rear seats.
According to a recently-updated GM order guide for the 2018 Chevy Bolt (linked below), the 2018 Bolt will soon introduce the Rear Seat Delete Package, which is assigned RPO code K1T and includes the following items:
- Rear seat delete (ATZ)
- Modified airbag system (AYG), including:
- Driver and front passenger dual-stage frontal airbags, includes Passenger Sensing System
- Head-curtain side-impact and thorax side-impact seat-mounted for front outboard seating positions
- Driver and front passenger knee airbags
- Tire inflation kit (KTI)
- 16″ steel wheels (PWM)
- 205/55R16 all-season blackwall tires (Q1N)
- Incomplete vehicle designation (VXT)
The package deletes the following items from the “regular” Bolt EV with two rows of seats:
- Rear floor mats (B33)
- Air bags (AYF; replaced with AYG air bags)
- Rear 60/40 split-folding seat (A64)
The package is only available on the LT (1LT) trim level, meaning that it’s not available on the Premier (2LZ) model. What’s more, it is not available with the rear cargo double floor storage option, Comfort and Convenience Package or Driver Confidence Package.
Lastly, the 2018 Chevy Bolt Rear Seat Delete Package requires a Fleet or Government order type, and is listed as a ship through order (WL5), for which there is a $350 charge on the invoice. That means that it is produced at the GM Lake Orion plant in Michigan and is then shipped to Knapheide Truck Equipment in Flint, Michigan, from where it’s then returned to the GM Orion plant for shipping to its final destination.
The order guide, which was last updated March 2nd, 2018, states that the the Rear Seat Delete option on the Bolt EV does not go into effect until March 10, 2018.
Outside of the $350 ship thru charge, it’s currently unclear what impact opting for the package will have on the final price.
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