Chevrolet has already announced that the 2017 Bolt EV will be revealed tomorrow, however the wait to see most of it is over. Chevy apparently gave technology publication CNET a drive in the pre-production Bolt outside of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES). CNET has kindly published a full video review of the car, with plenty of shots of what is basically the production version of the car.
Upon first glance it is clear that the 2017 Bolt caries over most of the Bolt Concept’s design, however the production version obviously looks quite a bit less glamorous. Though buyers probably won’t mind, because Chevrolet says the Bolt will have over 200 miles of electric range and cost under $30,000 after federal tax credits, which are two very impressive stats of those who are keen on EVs. The video also alleges that the Bolt will do 0-60 mph in under 6.0 seconds, which is not all that surprising for a vehicle with the instantaneous torque of an electric motor.
Bolt’s interior is also partially shown in the video, which appears to exhibit the same general design direction that the 2016 Cruze, Malibu and Volt have. Perhaps the biggest surprise shown inside is the fact that Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system appears all-new and, frankly, nothing like today’s version. The new MyLink also apparently has significant amounts of customizable options and all sorts of graphs and charts about your driving, which we’ve all come to expect in any hybrid or EV.
The reviewer closed by calling the Bolt “an impressive little car” after his short jaunt with it. You can be the judge by watching the video here..
EDIT: Or not. It appears CNET has removed the video. Someone apparently pulled the trigger too early.