The Chevrolet Bolt was launched in 2016 as the great bet of General Motors in the electric car sector. This B-segment minivan was ahead of the Tesla Model 3 and the second-generation Nissan LEAF as one of the first “affordable” electric models with autonomy greater than 350 km.
The Bolt is bringing a good level of sales in regions such as South Korea. Although the success of the Tesla Model 3 is shading it in the United States, Chevrolet has not given up on the model. It recently underwent a restyling which improved its performance to keep it competitive against new rivals such as the Hyundai Kona.
Thanks to an expansion in the energy density of its batteries, which have gone from 60 kWh to 66 kWh, the car has increased its autonomy. From the previous 383 km, EPA has passed to 417 km EPA (remember that the approval cycle American EPA is very realistic and amounts to autonomy in real conditions, which puts the Bolt above the barrier of 400 km range).
It seems that now the American group is preparing a new move to its model. A camouflaged unit has just been sighted, and it appears to be an SUV derivative of the Bolt. It could allow General Motors to approach the aesthetics of its model to the tastes of a more significant number of customers. Based on the features that are intuited under camouflage, we can say that the new SUV will not be sold under the Chevrolet brand, but as Buick, an aspirational General Motors firm in China.