General Motors is ramping up its all-electric vehicle efforts with a host of new battery-powered offerings, including the upcoming Chevrolet Bolt EUV. Framed as an “Electric Utility Vehicle,” hence the EUV name, the Bolt EUV will be closely related to the “regular” Chevrolet Bolt EV in terms of mechanicals, but will stand apart from the standard Bolt EV in terms of styling details. Although the new Bolt EUV has yet to be revealed, we’ve spotted several camo-clad prototypes out on the road, so with that in mind, we’re doing a visual comparison between these two electric vehicles.
Granted, the heavy cladding seen on the Chevrolet Bolt EUV prototypes prevents us from doing an in-depth analysis of styling differences. Nevertheless, the spy photos do provide some basic visual indication of where these two models could diverge when they both hit the market.
From the off, the shape of these two EVs is quite similar, with a five-door body style that includes four doors for passengers and a large rear hatch for cargo.
That said, the Chevrolet Bolt EUV stands out for offering a taller, more upright grille and fascia when compared to the standard Bolt EV. The EUV’s hood is also flatter compared the angled hood on the Bolt EV, falling back to a more steeply raised windshield line.
Viewed in profile, we also notice that the Chevrolet Bolt EUV is physically longer than the Bolt EV, stretching out with at least an additional seven inches of overall length. Like the upright front fascia, the EUV also seems to have a more squared cargo section and straighter roof, unlike the Bolt EV, which has a slanted roof line and lower hatch.
The new Chevrolet Bolt EUV is expected to come with styling inspired by the Chinese-market Buick Velite 7, which is also based on the GM BEV2 platform – the same underpinnings as the current Chevrolet Bolt EV and the upcoming Bolt EUV.
For now, GM says its electric vehicles are still on track despite disruptions incurred by the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, the refreshed 2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV is expected to drop by the end of the year.