The 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV will go on sale this summer at the same time as its smaller sister vehicle – the refreshed 2022 Chevy Bolt EV. GM Authority has already compared the designs of the compact all-electric models, which do not share a single body panel. Now we’re taking a closer look at the Bolt EUV, the larger of the two vehicles, in Bright Blue Metallic paintwork.
The most obvious feature from a head-on viewpoint is the textured panel in the center of the front fascia. This is in place of the grille which would be used if the Bolt EUV were powered by an internal combustion engine. A real air intake is mounted lower in the front fascia. The panel containing this intake is made of black plastic, which contrasts with the otherwise body-color front end. The only part that’s black is the piece that surrounds the aforementioned textured panel.
More contrast is provided by the silver plastic faux skid plate and the Bow Tie emblem, which is black as standard. The Bolt EUV and the 2022 Bolt EV will be the first Chevy model ranges since 2004 to not be available with a gold emblem.
A more detailed view of the front end shows the dual-level lighting setup. The long and narrow top LED lights serve as the daytime running lights that also double as the signature accent light. A turn signal indicator is placed at the edge of these lights.
The lower ones, also LEDs, are the primary lighting units. They have a distinctive triangular shape, similar (but not identical) to those on the 2022 Bolt EV. The two light units are completely separated by a horizontal Bright Blue Metallic panel.
We didn’t manage to capture a side profile shot of the blue Bolt EUV during our brief time with it, so we’ll have to use one of the stock images instead. From the side, the EUV is characterized by a vertical front end, a relatively flat hood, a fairly traditional A-pillar rake, and a gradually-sloping roofline, which houses a set of luggage rails. The “floating roof” effect is present and accounted for thanks to the inclusion of black trim on the C-pillar.
The small electric crossover features several character lines, including a sweeper that runs from the top of the headlamp all the way through the green house and into the tail light. More surface development can be seen at the bottom of the doors. The wraparound headlights and tail lights can be seen from this angle, as can the hatch-mounted rear spoiler.
The ensemble rides on a set of 17-inch, machined-face aluminum wheels with carbon flash painted pockets.
The rear three-quarter view reveals that the lower side window line is almost horizontal at the front, but rises gradually from the middle of the rear side doors. The line then continues moving diagonally upward, drawing the onlooker’s eye to the spoiler at the top of the rear window.
Also visible here are the aforementioned roof-mounted luggage rack side rails, which will be standard on the Bolt EUV in both trim levels – LT and Premier.
The tail lights of the Bolt EUV follow the same dual-tier configuration as the headlights: the narrow top row follows Chevy’s current tail light design feature of horizontal lines tending towards vertical as they reach the edge of the vehicle. These are the marker lights that come on only at night. The actual tail lights are below the liftgate, bookending the plastic insert around the rear bumper.
From the rear, the second black Bow Tie emblem is clearly visible. Also notable is the fact that less than half of the Bolt EUV as seen in this view is painted in Bright Blue Metallic. The panel immediately below the liftgate window, which contains the primary tail lights, is black, the bumper is black plastic (looking almost gray here in direct sunlight) and once again there is a silver plastic faux skid plate at the bottom of the fascia.
The Bolt EUV will be built at the GM Lake Orion plant in Michigan. It will be based on the EV-specific GM BEV2 platform, and will have a permanent magnetic drive motor rated at 200 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. Pricing will start at $33,395.