GM appears happy so far with early development versions of the upcoming Chevy Bolt EV

Production 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV Spotted Without Camouflage Ahead of 2016 CES Debut

Less than one year ago, General Motors surprised everyone in the automotive world by unveiling an all-electric concept concept car with a 200+ mile range alongside the next-generation Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric car at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

That car, called the Chevrolet Bolt EV, was an instant success. Less than a month later, following positive feedback from attendees and Chevrolet fans, GM committed to bringing the Bolt EV to market in double-quick time as a 2017 model year car.

As predicted, this panoramic glass roof and all-glass tailgate are gone on the production Bolt EV

As predicted, this panoramic glass roof and all-glass tailgate are gone on the production Bolt EV

Since then, we’ve heard from GM multiple times about the upcoming Bolt EV, including details on how it plans to unveil the production 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV for the first time at the Consumer Electronics Show in las Vegas this coming January.

Now, thanks to some eagle-eyed camera work, we’re getting an early glimpse of what to expect of in a month’s time.

As GreenCarReports detailed earlier today, the production 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV has been spotted for the first time without camouflage, showing a high-waisted hatchback that lacks some of more futuristic design elements of the concept Bolt EV yet manages at the same time to bring the long-distance car into the real world for the first time.

We can't see inside sadly, although we're predicting a similar treatment to outside.

We can’t see inside sadly, although we’re predicting a similar treatment to outside.

Sadly, we’re unable to share the photographs with you here — as with most spy shots, these ones come with a hefty price tag that’s well beyond our budget — but it’s certainly worth heading over to our friends at GCR to check them out for yourself.

Compare the production Bolt EV production vehicle to the concept, and it’s clear the overall vehicle shape remains generally unchanged. There’s the same high waistline as the concept car, as well as the same roofline and chunky C-pillar. But unlike the concept car, which had a small window between the C pillar and D pillar, the Bolt EV uses the same space to join swage and roof lines together with two-tone black tim piece.

The front has been restyled from the concept car too, with a revised bumper and covered upper grille, a prominent Chevrolet Logo front and centre. The lower bumper meanwhile, appears to be partially covered and partially split, while the very bottom of the bumper sports moultings which we’d guess are designed to divert air flow around the car for improved efficiency.

Gone too — just as we predicted last week — is the full-length panoramic glass roof of the Bolt EV concept car, replaced instead by a conventional metal roof. Worthy of note however is the retention of the full-length roof bars, which appear on both the concept and production car.

At the rear too, there’s a noticeably different design between production and concept cars. While the concept car used an all-glass tailgate, the production Chevrolet Bolt EV — at least the one seen in the spy shots — uses a more conventional windowed tailgate, with the load bay hidden from view.

Sadly, the car itself is too far away to peek inside, but if these spy shots are anything to go by, we think the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV will be a very good-looking car.


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  • Ezzy

    Probably sells better in cooler climates without all the glass and heat loss. Looks a bit more mainstream, which is sort of a bummer, but still pretty decent. Here’s hoping it won’t be 45k€+ in Europe.

    • Michael Thwaite

      It does look €45k though, definitely moving GM up the ladder.

      • vdiv

        On the ladder may be a bit more appropriate as GM does not sell electric cars in Europe. Still can’t believe they dropped the Volt/Ampera there.

      • Ezzy

        Not paying for looks on a small(ish) eco car. It the quality is top notch, then it’s fine, but I won’t be the one buying it. I can get a slightly smaller one for sub-20k€ (like a Renault Zoe).

  • bioburner

    Get rid of that giant sun roof and glass wings at the back hatch. I say bring it on. I have a 2011 Leaf and the battery is failing. Can’t afford a Tesla, don’t want an i3 and another Leaf is out of the question. I NEED this car.

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