Normal Motors on Monday gave a primary official glimpse of the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV—and, maybe extra notably, its revised interface.
The picture and transient video clip launched verify what Inexperienced Automobile Reviews had already seen in individual at a no-cameras preview of upcoming EVs in March—that the Bolt EUV will carefully observe what’s referred to as the Buick Velite 7 in China (pictured slightly below).
2021 Buick Velite 7
The EUV isn’t radically completely different in design. Versus the present Bolt EV, anticipate slightly extra lower-body cladding to nudge this small automotive slightly nearer to the look of GM’s present crossovers, some contouring adjustments to the sheetmetal all through, slimmer headlights and a extra flowing entrance fascia, plus about 3 inches of additional wheelbase and an elongated roofline for extra inside area.
As noticed and famous within the March preview, from Bolt chief engineer Jesse Ortega, the 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV can have extra cargo and passenger area—and higher seats throughout—versus the present variations of the Bolt EV, nevertheless it nonetheless gained’t have all-wheel drive. Ortega additionally confirmed that each fashions will get the revamped infotainment system and streamlined sprint format proven right here—plus a brand new button-activated one-pedal-driving mode changing the present ‘L’ mode.
Additionally, the 2022 Bolt EUV would be the first GM mannequin exterior of the Cadillac model to supply its Tremendous Cruise driver-assistance system. The 2022 Bolt EV shall be receiving many of those identical enhancements, however from what we will inform Tremendous Cruise shall be an EUV unique.
The transient video above, additionally launched by GM Monday, reveals one factor that wasn’t detailed then—that the 2022 Bolt EUV will present drivers “extra EV perception” with a revamped power-flow display screen that features information on regenerative braking use and battery cost stage. That would add extra exact numbers for issues like state of cost which have been missing from the present interface because the Bolt’s 2017 introduction.
In line with Ken Morris, GM’s VP for electrical and autonomous autos, the corporate is now seeking to rent 3,000 extra positions for IT and software program, because it transitions to offering a “software program as a service” mannequin for autos on the Ultium platform.
2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV
How do these two items of GM’s electrical future, launched the identical day, match collectively? Whereas we all know the Bolt EV and EUV will proceed with their present battery expertise, it’s unclear if the Bolt household’s new interface hints to the long run or displays an evolving information technique.
Morris, in a fast Q&A session accompanying the software program announcement, declined to elaborate to GCR on how the brand new software program push would possibly manifest within the interface out there to prospects, how GM is approaching information privateness or visualization in its upcoming fashions and Ultium battery system (led by the GMC Hummer EV), or how the Bolt EUV’s revised power-flow screens would possibly bridge that hole to the brand new autos.
Keep tuned for extra, as GM CEO Mary Barra is because of converse extra in regards to the top-level technique this week. The Bolt EUV shall be constructed alongside the Bolt EV at GM’s Lake Orion assembly plant in Michigan, and as a consequence of arrive in summer time 2021.