The 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV offers more rear-seat legroom compared to the Bolt EV.
Both crossovers feature the same fully electric powertrain.
The Bolt EV gets a fresh new exterior design and a new interior.
The two fully electric vehicles will use the exact same powertrain, which is pretty much a carryover from the one in the 2021 Bolt EV. Its single electric motor connected to the front wheels produces 200 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque, while the 65-kWh battery pack provides an estimated driving range of 259 miles or 417 kilometres for the Bolt EV, and 250 miles or 402 km for the Bolt EUV.
For the first time, a dual-level charge cord will be offered, allowing owners to plug the vehicle in either a 120V or a 240V outlet with the same cable. This also eliminates the need to install a separate charger at home, although a nearly 240V wall outlet is obviously necessary. A full charge takes about seven hours, while a 100-mile (Bolt EV) or 95-mile (Bolt EUV) charge-up in 30 minutes can be performed with a DC Fast Charge station.
The 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV rides on a 105.3-inch (2,675-millimetre) wheelbase, while the Bolt EV’s stretches 102.4 inches (2,600 mm). In the same vein, the EUV is about six inches longer, resulting in more rear-seat legroom. Ironically, the Bolt EV has slightly more cargo space at 16.6 cubic inches (470 litres) with the rear seats up, versus 16.3 (462) for the Bolt EUV. With the seatbacks folded, the volume to grows to 57.0 cubic feet (1,614 L) versus 56.9 (1,611), again in favour of the Bolt EV.
The latter’s exterior design is mostly new, boasting a cleaner front fascia that no longer wears a fake grille, along with slimmer daytime running lights and projector headlights mounted lower in the bumper. The crossover also gets new bumpers and rocker panels as well as redesigned taillights. The Bolt EUV’s design is very similar, but gets its own styling cues and its hoodline is more horizontal, toning down the wedge-shape profile of the Bolt EV.
Inside, the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV and Bolt EV get a new dashboard, a flat-bottom steering wheel and reshaped seats, along with an eight-inch driver instrument cluster and a 10.2-inch infotainment system touchscreen. Heated and ventilated seats are found up front, outboard heated seats in the back, and the Bolt EUV can also be equipped with a panoramic sunroof. Also new, and exclusive to the EUV, is Super Cruise, GM’s highway driving assist system that was previously exclusive to Cadillac products.
Gone is the electronic shift lever, replaced by a row of buttons on the centre console. In addition to the Regen on Demand wheel-mounted paddle, there’s a self-explanatory One Pedal Driving feature that was previously offered on the Bolt EV by shifting into the L position.
The Bolt EV and EUV will rival the usual suspects in the affordable electric vehicle segment, such as the Kia Niro EV and Kia Soul EV (Canada only), the Hyundai Ioniq Electric and Hyundai Kona Electric, the Nissan LEAF and—to a certain extent—the MINI Cooper SE and the Tesla Model 3.
In the United States, the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV will start at $33,995 including the destination freight charge, while the Bolt EV will retail from $31,995—a $5,500 price cut compared to the 2021 model, although GM is currently offering hefty cash and finance rebates on the current Bolt. A limited-run Bolt EUV Launch Edition will be offered for $43,495, which will include all the available options in addition to unique alloy wheels and special badging. In Canada, the Bolt EV starts at $40,348 including freight and dealer charges, while the Bolt EUV starts at $42,348. The two new electric crossovers will go on sale this summer.