When it launches later this year, the 2021 Chevy Bolt EV will feature a revised trim level structure, GM Authority has learned from sources familiar with the product.
Specifically, the new trim level structure will eschew the base LT and up-level Premier models offered since the Bolt EV’s launch, replacing them with one trim LT trim level split out into 1LT and 2LT equipment groups. The change marks the first time that the revised structure will be used on the Bolt EV since the vehicle went on sale for the 2017 model year.
|2017-2020 Bolt EV||2021 Bolt EV|
|Base model||LT (2LT)||1LT|
|Up-level model||Premier (2LZ)||2LT|
As of this writing, it’s unclear whether the trim level rearrangement will be accompanied by a similar change to features, equipment, content and pricing.
As of information that was current in August, order banks for the 2021 Chevy Bolt EV are planned to open on October 8th, 2020 before production kicks off at the GM Lake Orion plant on November 16th, 2020. The first units will begin to arrive at dealers shortly thereafter.
|Order banks open:||October 8, 2020|
|Start of production:||November 16, 2020|
The Chevy Bolt EV was supposed to have received a thorough refresh for the 2021 model year. However, obstacles created by the COVID-19 pandemic pushed the updated model to the 2022 model year. The 2022 Bolt EV will enter production in the summer of 2021, at which point it will be joined by a slightly larger brother, the upcoming Bolt EUV.
The 2022 Bolt EV refresh will feature updates to the exterior and interior of the battery-electric crossover-like hatch. New front and rear fascias, along the lines of those seen on the all-new 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer, will adorn the exterior.
The biggest changes to the Chevy Bolt EV refresh will be to the interior. Updates will include higher-quality materials in the cockpit, new seats, plus a revamped instrument panel and dash. 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 flat-bottom steering wheel.
We’ve also heard that the 2022 Chevy Bolt EV refresh will feature new forward-facing cameras for a new adaptive cruise control system. However, the Bolt EV 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 updated Chevy Bolt EV will continue riding on the same BEV2 platform as the pre-updated model. It will also continue using the same 66-kWh lithium-ion battery pack and electric motor as the 2020 model, which received a small update to the battery chemistry to deliver an EPA-estimated driving range of 259 miles – 21 more than the 2017-2019 models.