- chevy's 2022 bolt euv is a slightly larger version of the bolt ev, starting at $33,995 with a range of 250 miles, compared to the 2022 bolt hatchback's $31,995 and 259-mile range.
- the bolt euv will be the first chevrolet to offer gm's super cruise hands-free technology as an option.
- the 2022 bolt euv will go on sale this summer.
a new companion to the chevrolet bolt ev, the 2022 bolt euv puts a slightly larger body on the same platform without sacrificing too much range. this latest ev from gm isn't built on the company's new ultium platform, but it will be the first chevy product to get the hands-free super cruise driver-assistance package, as well as the first ev with super cruise to go on sale, ahead of the upcoming cadillac lyriq ev and gmc hummer ev.
the bolt euv hits the market looking nearly identical to the smaller bolt ev hatchback. the two vehicles borrow some of the design cues from the previous generation. but overall the euv's more aggressive angles borrow heavily from the 2021 blazer.
with a length of 169.5 inches, the 2022 bolt euv crossover is six inches longer than the 2022 bolt ev. chevy says that translates into an additional three inches of rear legroom. at 63.6 inches tall and 69.7 inches wide, the electric crossover is only 0.2 inch both wider and taller than the bolt hatchback. even that amount of extra legroom does cut into cargo space. despite its larger size, the euv has slightly less storage space than the bolt ev at 16.3 cubic feet with seats up, versus the hatchback's 16.6. overall cargo space with the seats down in the bolt euv is 56.9 cubic feet compared with the bolt hatchback's 57.0 cubic feet. both vehicles beat the 2021 kona electric's 45.8 cubic feet of cargo space and the 2020 kia niro ev's 53.0, but both lose to the ford mustang mach-e's 59.7 cubic feet of space behind the front seats.
inside, chevy has ditched the slightly futuristic interior found in the current bolt ev for something more contemporary and comfortable-looking. the automaker made the change after receiving feedback from current bolt owners. instead, other than the digital layout in the dash cluster that is ev focused, the interior resembles the rest of the gm lineup with a few triangle flourishes in the dash and seats. a standard 10.2-inch display houses the infotainment system. support for wireless connections to apple carplay and android auto is standard, as is wireless smartphone charging (which is optional on the bolt ev hatchback).
both the bolt euv and bolt ev sit on the same bev2 platform used in the outgoing bolt and even have the same motor and battery. the result is 250 miles of range for the bolt euv from the same 65.0-kwh battery pack found in the electric hatchback. the smaller bolt ev beats it by nine miles. the front-wheel-drive bolt euv is powered by a single 200-hp motor that puts out 266 pound-feet of torque. the vehicle comes standard with dc fast-charging support up to 55 kw. the pricier kona electric (starting at $38,575) and niro ev (starting at $40,265) both support dc fast-charging up to 100.0 kw, which could put the bolts at a disadvantage when it comes to waiting for a charge on long journeys.
what those competitor vehicles don't have, though, is access to gm's super cruise hands-free driver-assistance package. the bolt euv will be the first chevrolet to get the system and will go on sale ahead of other gm evs that will offer it. super cruise will only be available on the premier trim level of the euv and will add an additional $2200 to the price. those who splurge on super cruise will get three years of the onstar subscription, needed for the feature, for free. it's the same deal cadillac owners got in their vehicles with super cruise, but cadillacs get automatic lane changing on their super cruise packages, and the bolt euv won't have that.
on the super cruise ev horizon, both the 2022 hummer ev and 2023 cadillac lyriq will also have super cruise. they will also both be based on the new ultium platform. the hummer ev will go on sale in the fall of this year while the cadillac lyriq is expected in showrooms in late 2022.
for those not interested in driving hands-free, the chevy safety assist package is standard on the bolt euv. it includes driver-assistance features including lane-keeping assist, automated emergency braking, and forward-collision alert. adaptive cruise control and rear cross-traffic alert are available options.
with the bolt euv, chevy is entering the crowded electric-crossover market by modifying an offering that has sold well for the company in the past. the euv doesn't use gm's new ultium platform and is essentially just a slightly larger bolt ev, but at a starting price of $33,995, it might keep those waiting for ultium-powered vehicles happy for the next few years. the bolt euv will go on sale this summer.