General Motors has posted an image of the 2019 Chevy Bolt Electric SUV ahead of its release in 2020. The picture illustrates that the new electric crossover shares a lot of similarities with the standard Chevrolet Bolt EV, although it also conveys its unique design identity. General Motors CEO Mary Barra presented the details of the company’s playbook at the 2017 Barclays Global Automotive Conference held in New York on Wednesday this week.
The CEO also gave investors a detailed slide presentation of the brand’s plans for electric vehicles. It was in this function where audiences had a glimpse at the upcoming electric SUV based on the Bolt EV ahead of its market debut in 2020. GM’s spokesman hinted that the picture was an illustration of a brand-new cross utility vehicle segment, but not necessarily a new product. Barra’s long-term strategy for EVs, according to her presentation last week, comprised autonomous ride-sharing services. GM’s outlined plans for the electric-vehicle platform will eventually consist of five SUVs in total.
The supposed SUVs will include two luxury crossovers, two luxury vans, and a ride-sharing vehicle. Barra said we should expect cars from the new platform to grace the dealers by 2021.General Motors expects to build profitable EVs using this new platform. The company has on different occasions maintained that the new platform would drastically reduce battery costs from $145 per kWh for the Bolt EV to less than $100 per kWh.
2019 Chevy Bolt Electric SUV – More Aggressive
The side presentation of the 2019 Chevy Bolt Electric SUV based on the Bolt EV appears to be devoid of badges. However, it demonstrates a host of GM design cues. For example, the new crossover has rear roof pillars that are identical to the original GMC Terrain. The upcoming model boasts a more aggressive face that comprises narrow, angular headlights along with vertical fog lights. It also looks a little more extensive, and the rear guards are chunkier than the Chevrolet Bolt crossover. The new SUV receives a floating roof design that is in line with the trend for most manufacturers these days.
2019 Chevy Bolt Electric SUV – Expected Drivetrain
Given that the 2019 Chevy Bolt Electric SUV shares the same platform with the Bolt, it is likely to feature the 150kW/360Nm electric drivetrain and 60kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Meanwhile, we expect an increase in range from the current 238 miles of the Bolt EV up to 300 miles. The automaker is likely to make this crossover to be front-wheel-drive only.
2019 Chevy Bolt Electric SUV – Possible Arrival
The 2019 Chevy Bolt Electric SUV is one of the two crossovers that will arrive within the next 18 months. Therefore, the two vehicles will probably grace the showrooms before 2020.
The other one will borrow inspirations from the Chevrolet FNR-X concept that was introduced at the Shanghai Motor Show earlier this year. GM divulged last month that it was planning to offer up to 20 vehicles by 2023. Some of them will use pure electricity while others will make do with hydrogen fuel-cell. Some of these cars will likely share the same structure with the Bolt EV. Stay tuned for upcoming reports about the price of the 2019 Chevy Bolt Electric SUV.