Chevrolet expands EV lineup with 2022 Bolt EUV electric crossover SUV
Chevrolet has added a small crossover SUV to its battery-electric vehicle portfolio for model year 2022. The new SUV will share the Bolt brand name, but is approximately 6 inches longer than the Bolt subcompact hatchback EV. Both the hatchback and the Electric Utility Vehicle have been redesigned for the new model year.
"Bolt EUV brings its own character to the growing small SUV segment with a modern, muscular design and a roomier interior and ample rear legroom," Chevrolet stated in a press release.
The starting price for either of the 2022 model year Bolt vehicles is less than the 2021 Bolt EV. The 2022 Bolt EUV is priced from $33,995 (including destination freight charge), and the 2022 Bolt EV starts at $31,995 (including fees), before any available state, local or utility incentives are applied. Both vehicles will be available at area Chevrolet dealers this summer.
A special, limited-production Launch Edition of the Bolt EUV is also available for reservations now, offering the Super Cruise driver assistance feature, sunroof, unique wheels, special badging and an illuminated charge port for $43,495 (including fees). Customers can reserve the Launch Edition now at www.chevrolet.com.
Super Cruise and advanced safety features
The 2022 Bolt EUV is the first Chevrolet offered with Super Cruise, which allows hands-free driving on Interstate freeways and certain other enabled roads. It can be used on more than 200,000 miles (320,000 km) of enabled roads in the U.S. and Canada.
Super Cruise combines lane centering, adaptive cruise control, and a Driver Attention System with GPS navigation and precision map data. When the Bolt EUV is driving on an enabled road, the system will notify the driver when it is safe to remove hands from the wheel. Super Cruise will keep the vehicle in its lane and following prevailing traffic speeds, even around curves. The driver must keep eyes on the road and be ready to take control, however.
The Driver Attention System uses a small camera located on the top of the steering column and works with infrared lights to determine where the driver is looking whenever Super Cruise is in operation. If the Driver Attention System detects the driver's gaze has turned away from the road ahead for too long, the steering wheel light bar will prompt the driver to return their attention to the road. If the system determines continued inattentiveness, it will use visible and audible alerts to notify the driver to take back control of the wheel. Super Cruise is available only on Bolt EUV Premier.
Chevy Safety Assist is standard on both Bolt EUV and Bolt EV and includes safety and advanced driver assistance technologies, such as Automatic Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Alert, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Following Distance Indicator, IntelliBeam automatic high beam control, and Front Pedestrian Braking.
Available driver assistance technologies for both vehicles include Rear Cross Traffic Alert, HD Surround Vision camera, and Adaptive Cruise Control. HD Rear Vision Camera is standard on both Bolt EUV and Bolt EV.
Range and power
Both the Bolt and Bolt EUV use an advanced 65 kilowatt-hour, lithium-ion battery pack to deliver up to an estimated 259 miles of range on a full charge. With the slightly larger Bolt EUV, the GM-estimated range on a full charge is 250 miles. Chevrolet offers both vehicles with an 8-year/100,000-mile limited battery system warranty. Both vehicles use a single-motor drive unit that delivers 200 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of near-instant torque for lively performance.
Additionally, standard DC fast public charging capability enables the Bolt EV to add up to 100 miles of range in 30 minutes, and 95 miles for the Bolt EUV.
With the Chevrolet EV Access package, customers can remotely view their current charging status and battery charge level, customize their charge settings and set up charge notifications via the myChevrolet mobile phone app. The Energy feature within the myChevrolet mobile app can help plan road trips by locating charging stations — including real-time availability — and start a charge session with participating charging networks.
Visit www.chevrolet.com for more information on both the Bolt EV and the Bolt EUV.
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