The Chevrolet Bolt EV first arrived for the 2017 model year, with additional range added for the 2020 model year. As GM’s only all-electric vehicle offering, the Bolt has a number of rivals to contend with, including the Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model 3, Kia Niro EV and Hyundai Kona Electric. With that in mind, the upcoming 2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV will need to bring its A-game, which is exactly what’s previewed in the following photos.
For reference, the 2021 model year introduces a new model year enhancement (MCE) for the nameplate, also known popularly as a model refresh or facelift. Outside, the new Chevrolet Bolt EV will feature new styling, starting with the two-tiered lighting scheme that seems to be more and more commonplace in Chevy’s latest design language.
We’ve seen this two-tiered lighting scheme before, most notably with the new Chevrolet Blazer and Chevrolet Trailblazer, both of which feature thin upper lights and rounded lower lights. Meanwhile, the current Chevrolet Bolt EV has a different sort of two-tiered lighting setup, with prominent upper headlamps and smaller corner lamps lower in the fascia.
To note, the 2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV will offer styling that differs from the Chevrolet Bolt EUV, the brand’s up-and-coming all-electric compact “utility” vehicle, which will help to differentiate the two models beyond the obvious size, proportions, and segment differences.
The new Bolt EV tail lamp housings will also get a reshape. Beyond the lighting changes, it looks as though the entirety of the front and rear fascias will get several significant changes, offering a dramatic styling update for the 2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV.
We also got an enticing look at the 2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV interior, which, as we covered previously, is due for some rather substantial changes with this latest facelift. The new interior should include new seats, as well as a new design too.
Finally, with regard to the powertrain, the 2021 Bolt EV will likely receive a decent bump in range-per-charge, adding on top of the model’s previous 21-mile increase applied for the 2020 model year. The Bolt currently offers an EPA-rated 259 miles between plugs.
Look for the refreshed Bolt EV to arrive sometime in the fall of the 2020 calendar year.