SUVs dominate the auto market at the moment, and it’s clear for all to see that fully electric vehicles are the future, so it makes complete sense that Chevrolet came up with an affordable new subcompact crossover SUV powered exclusively by electricity. The model in question is the sensational 2023 Chevrolet Bolt EUV (Electric Utility Vehicle) which shares its architecture, but none of its exterior sheet metal with the company’s similarly named all-electric subcompact hatchback.
Long before you consider the powertrain, the Bolt EUV makes a seriously compelling case for buying it just for how it looks. There’s obviously a solid resemblance to the styling of its little brother, but the Bolt EUV is 6.3 inches longer than the hatchback, and it’s also wider and taller, and the EUV really does wear it well. The front fascia, with its narrow headlights and faux grille, is achingly modern, but the aesthetic stops well short of polarizing and a sporty stance that is very appealing. Unlike quite a few of its electric vehicle rivals, the way the 2023 Bolt EUV looks doesn’t scream to onlookers that it’s an all-electric vehicle and doesn’t try to be different for the sake of it.
The powertrain is inevitably the key talking point of the Chevy Bolt EUV, and it means you may only see gas stations as somewhere to buy cheap sunglasses and to fill up on unhealthy snacks and over-priced soda in the future. The Bolt EUV’s propulsion system features a 65-kWh battery pack and motors that power the front wheels with an impressive 200 horsepower and 266 lb.-ft. of torque. Despite its extra size, the EUV is only 40 kg heavier than the hatchback, so it still offers impressively lively performance. The top speed may only be a relatively modest top speed of just over 145 kph, but the best part of electric vehicle performance is acceleration, and the EUV is no exception, with a 0 to 100 kph time of around 6.7 seconds.
The primary statistic everyone wants to know with any electric vehicle is the driving range on a full charge, and the Bolt EUV can hold its head up high with a very respectable 405 km range. An 11-kilowatt onboard charger can fully charge the battery pack in around seven hours when connected to a 48-amp wall box on a 60-amp circuit, and a DC fast charging station can deliver enough charge for 160 km of driving in just 30 minutes.
There are two versions of the Bolt EUV to choose from at the moment: the entry-level Bolt EUV LT and the Bolt EUV Premier. The levels of standard equipment are reasonably similar to the two trims, but the Premier does have a slightly more premium feel with some of its standard trim and features, such as rain-sensing wipers and adaptive cruise control. Both versions of the Bolt EUV cover all the basics and then some, but the Premier trim allows you to upgrade with options that are not available to you if you opt for the LT.
Perhaps the standout reason for choosing the Premier is to upgrade it with the superb Super Cruise driver-assist system, and the EUV is the first vehicle in the Chevrolet family to offer this. Super Cruise is a driver assistance system that allows a degree of hands-free driving on divided and compatible highways. And while you’re using the system, it will prompt you to pay close attention to the road so you’re ready to take control if required.
The 2023 Chevrolet Bolt EUV isn’t just another electric car; it’s an entirely new driving experience and a glimpse into the future. We’re confident you’ll agree that the Bolt EUV is a modern, stylish, practical, and highly desirable small SUV when you take it for a test drive with us here at Roy Foss Chevrolet Buick GMC. Drop in anytime to our dealership at 2 Auto Park Circle, Woodbridge, ON, or give us a call at (905) 850-1000 to find out more about prices, incentives, and availability and to book an appointment for a time to suit your schedule.