One of the more common criticisms of the Chevy Bolt EV since its introduction for the 2017 model year has been its interior, namely the seats. According to anecdotal evidence, the seats do not present a major problem when the Chevy Bolt EV is driven for short periods – say less than half an hour. The trouble starts when the driver decides to travel further.
Back in August of 2019, GM Authority exclusively reported that an improvement to the seats was on the way. The Chevy Bolt EV would “finally get better seats, along with a few other updates”, and this would likely happen in the 2021 model year.
Things would have turned out precisely that way, except that the COVID-19 pandemic forced General Motors to push back an intended mid-cycle enhancement (MCE) by one model year. As a result, the 2021 Chevy Bolt EV was therefore very similar to the 2020 version, and was fitted with the same seats as before.
“The overall structure is similar to the current seat,” an engineer told us during a recent ride-and-drive event. “But the actual seat itself is all-new.”
This suggests that the frame of the seats (which would not normally come into contact with the frame of anyone sitting in them) has not been re-engineered, but that all the other materials that make up a seat have been improved and made more supportive.
The effect is very noticeable. In a first drive report of the upcoming Chevy Bolt EUV, GM Authority executive editor Alex Luft wrote, “Though our drive lasted roughly two hours, we can say that we didn’t feel any issues with the new seats.” This should also apply to the refreshed Bolt EV too, since the 2022 Bolt EV and EUV share the same seats. The development is in marked contrast to experience of the seats in earlier versions of the Bolt EV.
The new Chevy Bolt models will go on sale this summer priced to start at $31,995 for the Bolt EV and $33,995 for the Bolt EUV. Although there are several styling differences, the two vehicles are very closely related. Both ride on the GM BEV2 platform and have the same electric motor rated at 200 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque driving the front wheels. The most obvious contrast is that the Bolt EUV is longer, and accordingly has an extra 3.1 inches of legroom in the rear seat.
GM is also differentiating the two models in terms of their equipment levels. Front-seat ventilation, roof rails and the Super Cruise semi-autonomous driver assistance system (without the Automated Lane Change facility) will all be offered as options on the Bolt EUV, but not on the Bolt EV.