The most recent spy shots and spy video of the future Chevrolet Bolt EUV revealed a vehicle with larger proportions compared to the current Bolt EV, but with a slightly stretched wheelbase. Our spy was able to get a shot of the test mule’s underpinnings, which reveals a few things about the upcoming electric utility.
First, we are able to see a compound crank rear suspension setup that appears to be identical to that of the current Bolt EV. If this is the case, we can assume the Chevrolet Bolt EUV will utilize the same independent MacPherson strut configuration for its front suspension system.
Second, we can easily spot the battery pack housing sitting down low, just ahead of the rear axle. The closed-off skateboard-type floor is also identical to that in the Bolt EV. Look closely, and you’ll notice similar aerodynamic elements fore and aft of the rear axle, suggesting the Bolt EUV’s aerodynamic properties will be similar to that of the Bolt EV.
All that, combined with the fact that the Bolt EUV will be built alongside the Bolt EV at the GM Lake Orion plant in Michigan, gives more credibility to the already solid notion that it will also ride on the GM BEV2 platform shared with the Bolt EV.
Unless GM uses a new battery and electric motor, or tweaks the battery management software for the Chevrolet Bolt EUV, we don’t expect it to deliver greater range than the Bolt EV. But that’s not at all to say that the current car is disappointing: with 238 miles of range on a full charge from its 60kWh battery pack, the Chevrolet Bolt EV remains competitive amidst new all-electric entries such as the Hyundai Kona Electric, Kia Soul EV and Nissan LEAF Plus.
We expect the Chevrolet Bolt EUV to launch in 2020 for the 2021 model year as a longer and roomier variant of the Bolt EV. The model will likely be positioned as a crossover utility vehicle and 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.