2021 Chevy Bolt EV To Lose Two Exterior Colors In Early 20219
Production of the 2021 Chevy Bolt EV with the Cayenne Orange Metallic and Silver Ice Metallic exterior colors will end in Q1 of 2021, GM Authority has learned. Chevrolet dealers will have their last chance to order the five-door battery-electric subcompact hatchback in these colors in late January.
The news comes only days after GM Authority confirmed that the Light Ash Grey / Ceramic White interior color combination was also being deleted from the 2021 Chevy Bolt EV, likely because of a windshield glare issue associated with that colorway.
Cayenne Orange Metallic has been available for the Bolt EV for only two model years. It was introduced for the 2020 Bolt EV at the same time as Oasis Blue, coinciding with the deletion of Green Mist Metallic and Shock. Meanwhile, Silver Ice Metallic has been offered as an exterior color on the Bolt EV since the model was introduced for the 2017 model year. It’s currently unclear which colors, if any, will arrive to replace the two soon-to-be-deleted hues.
The Bolt EV has been making some headlines lately. In November, GM issued a worldwide recall of almost 69,000 units due to a potential fire risk relating to the vehicle’s battery units, following reports of five batteries catching fire. The recall did not prevent a class-action lawsuit being filed over the same issue only a few weeks later. Even so, the Bolt EV was the only product in the mainstream electric and electrified vehicle space to see a growth in sales volume during Q3 2020.
With the exception of a handful of minor changes, the 2021 Chevy Bolt EV is almost identical to the 2020 car. GM intended to give Chevy’s first dedicated electric vehicle a mid-cycle enhancement (otherwise known as a refresh or MCE) for the 2021 model year, but this was one of several projects delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The refreshed Bolt EV will now launch as the 2022 Bolt EV, which is due to go into production in the summer of 2021.
The refresh will bring various updates, including new front and rear fascias, a redesigned cockpit, and better seats. The electric powertrain is not expected to see any updates. The refreshed 2022 Bolt EV will be joined by a closely related all-electric Chevrolet hatchback called Chevy Bolt EUV. Short for “Electric Utility Vehicle”, the Bolt EUV is due to go into production around the same time as the 2022 Bolt EV as a 2022 model year vehicle. The Bolt EUV is part of GM’s plan to launch 30 EVs worldwide by 2025, and was recently shown for the first time in undisguised form by GM Authority.
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So disappointed that the refresh has been pushed back. The lease on my 2018 is up in March. I ordered a 2021, that’s when I found out about the delay. I don’t know what I’m going to do. VW ID.4?
Extend your lease. Should be able to do so for up to 6 months. Have the dealer get you priority for the new model released later this year. Problem solved.
Unfortunately, GM has delayed too long for me as well.
I have ordered a 2021 Ford Mach-E. It will be here this February.
Note to the author: the cayenne orange metallic color has been available since the Bolt launched in 2016, save for a short hiatus circa 2018 (gm offered the “shock” yellow instead during this span). Source: I have a 2017 cayenne orange Bolt sitting in my garage.
Thank you for commenting, but is your car not in fact painted Orange Burst Metallic? That was the only orange available for the Bolt in 2017.
Biggest change they need to make is to drop the MSRP. I know they have a lot of incentives and discounts, but a lot of people look at the MSRP only. And that’s also what reviewers use when comparing cars. It just turns away so many potential buyers.
I’d rather they redesigned it to make it look as expensive as it is.
If they must stick to the econobox styling, then yes, they should lower the price to econobox numbers.
I have a 2019 Bolt in slate grey metallic. My brother has 2017 Bolt in cajun red. The silver ice metallic looks very similar to mine. Personally, I like black but there weren’t any around here when I was in the market. There was one in Iowa City a few months back my boss nearly bought but it sold before he pulled the trigger.
Bummer, I wasn’t going to buy one.