More details are coming to light on the updated 2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV, which will make its debut before the end of the year.
The 2021 Bolt EV will only be a mid-cycle refresh for the electric hatchback, with the changes mostly limited to cosmetic items. It will ride on the same BEV2 platform as the current model, though GM still has some important updates in store for it.
From a styling standpoint, the 2021 Bolt EV will feature a new front fascia, gives it a slightly sportier appearance with more character. A slightly revised rear fascia with different tail lights is also in store. We also hear it will feature new forward-facing cameras for a new adaptive cruise control system, but it will not be available with Super Cruise. As we reported earlier this week, the first non-Cadillac vehicle to be offered with Super Cruise will be the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV electric crossover.
The interior will also get a major overhaul with a redesigned instrument panel and dashboard, more soft-touch materials and all-new seats with different faux-leather upholstery and thick stitching. The center screen will be repositioned to the top of the dash, while the current model’s gear selector will be replaced with buttons; both systems represent different interfaces of the GM Electronic Precision Shift. Rounding out the changes is a new infotainment system with more over-the-air-update capabilities and a sporty-looking flat-bottom steering wheel.
We were aware all this was coming after we got a glimpse of the 2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV last fall, when GM Authority spy photographers managed to snap some interior pictures of the electric vehicle, and caught another prototype testing in Michigan a few weeks later.
The 2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV will use the same 66-kWh lithium-ion battery pack and electric motor as the 2020 model. GM updated the vehicle’s battery for the 2020 model year, helping to give the hatchback an EPA-estimated range of 259 miles – 21 more than the in the 2017-2019 model. The Chevrolet Bolt EUV is expected to use the same BEV2 platform and 66-kWh battery as the Bolt EV.
GM should debut the 2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV sometime this summer. The updated model is expected to begin arriving at U.S. Chevrolet dealers in late 2020 or early 2021