As GM Authority reported earlier this year, the Chevy Bolt EV is in for a fairly extensive refresh. As of this writing, however, it’s unclear whether the updated model will drop for the 2021 or 2022 model years.
Even so, sources familiar with GM’s production plans tell GMA that order banks for the 2021 Chevy Bolt EV will open on October 8th, 2020 and production is slated to begin at the GM Lake Orion plant roughly a month later, on November 16th, 2020, with the first units slated to arrive at dealers shortly thereafter.
It’s worth noting that these dates are current as of this writing, but could change at a moment’s notice given the instability caused by COVID-19.
|Order banks open:||October 8, 2020|
|Start of production:||November 16, 2020|
As far as the Bolt EV refresh goes, the pandemic may have pushed the updates to the 2022 model year. As such, it’s entirely possible that the 2021 Bolt EV will see only a handful of minor changes along with a shortened model year before the refreshed model arrives for the 2022 model year, bringing improvements to the exterior and interior, but not so much to the powertrain.
From a styling standpoint, the refreshed Chevy Bolt EV will feature a new front fascia similar to the face worn by the all-new 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The new configuration will have significantly more personality and be more aggressive than the current model. Additionally, the forward lighting configuration will be overhauled to include a thin strip of headlights to serve as the Daytime Running Lights (DRLs), while the actual headlights will be a bit lower on in the fascia. The rear end will feature a slightly updated rear fascia with new tail lights.
We also hear that the Chevy Bolt refresh will feature new forward-facing cameras for a new adaptive cruise control system. However, the model will not offer Super Cruise, which is being reserved for the Bolt EV’s larger brother – the yet-to-be-unveiled 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV.
The interior of the refreshed Chevy Bolt EV will get a major overhaul, with a redesigned instrument panel and dashboard, higher-quality materials and new seats. The center screen will be repositioned to the top of the dash, while the current model’s gear selector will be replaced with buttons. Rounding out the changes will be a new infotainment system and a sporty-looking flat-bottom steering wheel.
We were aware of all this after GM Authority spies caught a prototype of the Chevrolet Bolt EV refresh testing last fall. We also managed to snap some interior pictures of the updated model, and caught another prototype testing in Michigan a few weeks thereafter.
The updated Chevy Bolt EV will continue riding on the same BEV2 platform as the pre-updated model. It will also use the same 66-kWh lithium-ion battery pack and electric motor as the 2020 model, which delivered a small update to the battery chemistry, delivering an EPA-estimated driving range of 259 miles – 21 more than the 2017-2019 models. The Chevrolet Bolt EUV, which will be a bit larger than the Bolt EV, will use the same BEV2 platform and 66-kWh battery as the 2021 Bolt EV. The Bolt EUV will also share the updated cockpit of the Bolt EV, and is expected to launch several months after the 2021 Bolt EV.