Joining the 2022 Bolt EV hatchback, the first-ever crossover version adds utility by growing in size over the regular model. It’s about 6 inches (15 centimeters) longer than the hatch and comes with roof rails as standard equipment, and while the two models look alike, Chevrolet says no exterior body panels are shared between the two electric vehicles.
The EUV offers an additional 3 inches (7.6 centimeters) of legroom thanks to the increased footprint and benefits from a panoramic power sunroof. The front seats are both heated and ventilated, while the rear outboard seats are heated as well. The crossover shares the 10.2-inch touchscreen infotainment and 8-inch color driver’s display with the regular hatchback.
The ace up the crossover’s sleeve is the optionally available Super Cruise, making the Bolt EUV the first Chevrolet to offer GM’s hands-free driver assistance system. It can be activated on more than 200,000 miles (320,000 kilometers) of enabled roads in the United States and Canada. There’s a camera mounted on top of the steering column that determines whether the driver is paying attention when Super Cruise is active.
If the driver isn’t paying attention for an extended amount of time, a light bar built into the steering wheel alerts the driver to turn their attention to the road. Should the driver ignore the warning lights, additional visible and audible alerts are automatically issued to notify the driver about having to take control of the vehicle.
As it is the case with the standard Bolt EV, its crossover equivalent uses a 65-kWh, lithium-ion battery pack. Because the EUV is about 90 pounds (41 kilograms) heavier than the hatchback, at 3,679 pounds (1,669 kilograms), GM estimates its maximum range is 250 miles (402 kilometers) or 9 miles (15 kilometers) less than the hatchback.
Motivation is provided by an identical single electric motor rated at 200 horsepower (150 kilowatts) and 266 pound-feet (360 Newton-meters) of near-instant torque. Once you run out of battery juice, owners can add 95 miles of range in only 30 minutes of charging thanks to the Bolt EUV’s standard DC fast-charging public capabilities.
While the Bolt EV kicks off at $31,995 (including destination charges) or $5,000+ less than the model it replaces, the EUV is going to set you back $33,995 before options. The aforementioned Super Cruise system will be available on the Premier trim level.
Both the hatchback and crossover will go on sale in North America this summer.