Although Chevrolet‘s upcoming all-electric crossovers, the 2022 Bolt EV and 2022 Bolt EUV, are similar in many ways, there is one thing that differentiates them: they do not share a single body panel.
The two vehicles have clearly been designed to look like each other – perhaps too much so, according to comments recently made on this subject by GM Authority readers. They undoubtedly share several styling features, and as our recent dimensional comparison showed they are almost exactly the same size. The main distinction here is that the Bolt EUV is six inches longer than the Bolt EV and has a three-inch longer wheelbase, which translates to an extra three inches of rear legroom.
This inevitably means that the vehicles don’t share roof or door panels. The hood of the Bolt EUV is mounted higher and is less steeply angled, which affects not only its shape, but that of the front fenders. The window line of the Bolt EV and Bolt EUV is also quite different, and the EUV’s extra three inches of total front and rear overhang affects styling at each end.
Creating the Bolt EUV was evidently not simply a case of taking a Bolt EV and stretching it by a few inches. If General Motors had wanted its Chevy-branded electric crossovers to share panels, the entire Bolt EUV design process would have been utterly different from the one that actually happened.
The refreshed Bolt EV and the all-new Bolt EUV are in fact much more closely related under the skin. Both are based on GM’s BEV2 platform and are fitted with the same electric motor, rated at 200 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. The extra weight and increased wheelbase of the Bolt EUV mean that it has a slightly lower range and larger turning circle than the Bolt EV, according to Chevrolet’s own figures. It is also likely to be a little slower.
However, the Bolt EUV does have that extra rear legroom. It is also the only one of the two vehicles available with GM’s Super Cruise semi-autonomous driver assist system.
Both models will go on sale in the United States this summer, priced to start at $31,995 for the Bolt EV and $33,995 for the Bolt EUV.