General Motors has added a new all-electric vehicle to its line-up, with the all-new 2022 Bolt EUV which is confirmed for the Middle East! Globally, the manufacturer also revealed the 2022 Bolt EV, which is pretty much the same design, but in hatch form. We’ll be talking about the EUV since that’s what the Middle East event focused on.
The new Bolt EUV adds more space to the Bolt nameplate since it just fits into the SUV segment. Naturally here in our region, SUVs are still king, and that’s why Chevrolet focused on that in the virtual event they hosted yesterday.
Kelly MacDonald, CMO for General Motors in the Middle East and Africa, said, “We continue to see high consumer demand for SUVs in the Middle East and as a pioneer in this space, the natural step for us was to bring an electric SUV to the region. GM is planning for an all-electric future and we want everybody in. With the all-new Chevrolet Bolt EUV, we have unlocked a new offering, ensuring we provide an EV suitable for all people and all lifestyles.”
Along with broadening the brand’s electric vehicle lineup, the Bolt EUV will also be the first Chevrolet vehicle to offer Super Cruise, the industry’s first true hands-free driver assistance system for enabled roads. By enabled roads, countries here don’t fit that profile, but we will have to wait and see if that ever comes here. I should have an update for you soon, as we asked a few questions, like pricing, availability, specs, etc. which we know you want to read about.
In the US, the starting price for the Bolt EUV is less than the current 2021 Bolt EV. So, we may see the price of the EUV hit here at around AED 175,000 ($48,000). The price drop is a step towards their new moto ‘EVery Body In’. With the car being available in the US in Summer, we’ll most likely see it hit our roads towards the end of the year or early next, depending on ‘Rona.
What’s new in the 2022 Bolt EUV
The new Bolt EUV and redesigned Bolt EV share an architecture, but their designs are unique. No exterior sheet metal parts are shared between the two vehicles and the EUV is approximately 12.5cm longer.
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. It also features a distinctive front-end with a sculpted grille and signature lighting, including standard LED headlamps and Chevy’s brand-specific, high-eye daytime running lamps, which double as sequential turn-signal indicators.
Additional Chevy SUV styling cues on the EUV include a center crease line that runs from the front fascia through the hood, and standard roof rails also give it the SUV look.
Inside, both vehicles feature new instrument panels, vehicle controls and seats, with a 10.2-inch-diagonal infotainment color touchscreen and integrated climate controls common to both for clean, intuitive interfaces. The infotainment screen features real-time displays with more details available on the 8-inch-diagonal reconfigurable color gauge cluster.
There’s also a new, electronic gear shift design that uses pull toggles and push buttons to free up more interior space. For increased regenerative braking, there’s even a new one-pedal driving button that keeps the system active between drive cycles.
The new interior includes a sporty, flat-bottom steering wheel that incorporates the Regen on Demand paddle. Additionally, the redesigned seats feature a triangular geometric pattern and contrasting color stitching.
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 and Front Pedestrian Braking.
Available driver assistance technologies for both vehicles include Rear Cross Traffic Alert, HD Surround Vision and Adaptive Cruise Control. HD Rear Vision Camera is standard on both Bolt EUV and Bolt EV.
Additional connectivity technologies offered in the Bolt EUV and Bolt EV include new wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto phone projection capability (availability depends on your country’s regulations), as well as wireless phone charging that is standard on Bolt EUV and available on Bolt EV, and an available 4G LTE Wi-Fi® Hotspot.
Proven propulsion system
Powering the Bolt EUV and Bolt EV is the proven battery technology that helped make the Bolt EV the industry’s first affordable long-range electric vehicle.
An advanced 200 HP, 65 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack helps the Bolt EUV deliver the GM-estimated range on a full charge of 402 km. The battery comes with a massive 8 year / 160,000 km warranty.
Additionally, standard DC fast public charging capability enables the Bolt EUV to add up to 1152 km of range in 30 minutes.
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 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.