Will the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV Be a Real Mustang Mach-E Rival?
Like the rest of GM, Chevrolet is pushing towards going all-electric. This means, just like Ford did with the Mustang Mach-E, tackling the SUV/crossover market. So, in addition to updating the Bolt for 2022, Chevrolet is also releasing the Bolt EUV. But does it have what it takes to stand up to the Mustang Mach-E?
Despite its looks, the 20222 Chevrolet Bolt EUV isn’t an SUV
Technically, the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV is a crossover, not an SUV. And even Chevy’s own literature describes it as “SUV-like.” So at least for now, if you want an electric SUV with the Chevrolet badge, the Bolt EUV is your best choice. However, that doesn’t make it a consolation prize.
Although it shares a name and a platform with the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt, the Bolt EUV doesn’t have “a single body panel” in common, MotorTrend reports. The EUV is also taller, longer, and wider than the Bolt, Car and Driver reports. And while the hatchback has more rear cargo space, that’s because the Bolt EUV has more rear legroom, Autoblog reports.
While Chevrolet is working on its new Ultium battery technology, the 2022 Bolt and Bolt EUV don’t use it, MT reports. Instead, both EVs have a 65-kWh battery pack linked to a single front-mounted electric motor, Autoweek reports. The Bolt EUV does support DC fast-charging though, and it comes standard with a “Dual-Level Charge Cord” that supports 120-V and 240-V charging.
The 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV has the same output as the hatchback—200 hp and 266 lb-ft—but ‘only’ 250 miles of range instead of 259 miles, Hagerty reports. The range decrease comes from the EUV’s heavier curb weight, The Drive reports. But, like the hatchback, the EUV has a dedicated max-regen one-pedal driving mode.
However, while the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV doesn’t have new battery tech, it does have new ADAS features. It’s the first Chevy to get GM’s Super Cruise suite, Roadshow reports, though it’s an optional extra. Lane-keeping assist, automatic emergency braking, as well as front-collision alert and pedestrian detection, are all standard, Motor1 reports. Plus, while a wireless charging pad is optional on the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt, it’s standard on the EUV.
Pricing and availability
The 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV starts at $33,995; $2000 more than the 2022 Bolt hatchback. In addition to the previously mentioned features, the Bolt EUV also comes standard with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a 10.2” center touchscreen, and an 8” digital gauge cluster. Plus, if you’re eligible, Chevrolet will pay to install a Level 2 charger in your home.
Also, at the Bolt EUV’s planned summer 2021 launch, Chevrolet will also offer a $43,495 Launch Edition. This comes standard with Super Cruise, including a 360° camera, adaptive cruise control, and rear cross-traffic alert. Plus, an illuminated charging port, unique wheels, and a sunroof.
How does the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV compare to the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E on specs and price?
There are several notable differences between the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV and the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E.
Firstly, in its dual-motor trims, the Mach-E has AWD, which isn’t an option on the Bolt EUV. Secondly, even in single-motor form, the Mustang Mach-E is a RWD crossover, while the Bolt EUV is a FWD one. And even in its base trim, the Ford Mustang Mach-E is more powerful than the Chevrolet Bolt EUV. The base Mustang Mach-E’s motor makes 266 hp and 317 lb-ft with the standard 68-kWh pack.
However, while it has a bigger battery, the Mach-E has a shorter range. The EPA estimates it can do 230 miles on a charge, Car and Driver reports. It’s only the extended-range California Route 1 trim that has a 300-mile estimated range, Roadshow reports. But getting that sort of range will cost you.
Speaking of cost, that’s another area where the 2022 Bolt EUV beats the Ford Mustang Mach-E. The cheapest Mach-E trim starts at $42,895 before tax credits. And the California Route 1 starts at $49,800 before tax credits.
To be fair, the base Mach-E does have standard WiFi—an option on the Bolt EUV—as well as a 10.2” digital gauge cluster and a 15.5” touchscreen. However, while Ford offers the Mustang Mach-E with its upgraded ‘CoPilot Assist360’ ADAS suite, Consumer Reports found it worse overall than Super Cruise.
Deciding between these two, then, will depend on whether the Mach-E’s higher price justifies the driving experience. Which means waiting until the Bolt EUV hits dealers. But until then, it seems it should make a fine Mach-E rival.
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