2019 Chevy Bolt: First Look At New Slate Gray Metallic Color

JAN 2 2019 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 63

It surely is less striking than that Shock Green.

The Chevrolet Bolt soldiers on into 2019 mostly unchanged, but it is available in a new sleek hue.

Well, there are a few slight changes for 2019 (see the bottom of this post for a rundown) but the new colors are the most noticeable.

Check out the Chevy Bolt EV in the new Slate Gray Metallic here.


Other changes for 2019 include a new smartphone interface that has features for vehicle entry, start, operation, and car sharing. Additionally, the Driver Confidence II Package is now available on the LT trim. The 2019 Model Year Bolt is available now and has been for some time.

And here’s the rundown of changes to the Bolt for 2019:

  • Addition of a new smartphone interface for vehicle entry, start and operation exclusively for fleet orders only; late availability
  • Addition of Tire Fill Alert
  • Newfound availability of Driver Confidence II Package on LT model. Previously, the package was only available on the Premier trim level. The package includes:
  • Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking
  • Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Following Distance Indicator
  • Front Pedestrian Braking

Let us know what you think of this new color in Comments below. Surely it’s not as eye-catching as this:

Source: GM Authority

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I expected the “Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking” that is limited to something like 37 or 50 mph to be updated to work at higher speeds. The buzz on gm-volt.com was that it was coming in 2019.

GM-Volt.com is a dead end website in its last days.

Sad. And Bob seems to be in decline as well.

Where do you suggest finding info instead?

Did they fix the seats? That was area many people cited for improvement.

They addressed the seats already. The vast majority of the Bolts on lots now should have the updated seats and updated rear suspension from what I understand.

http://gmauthority.com/blog/2018/09/2019-chevrolet-bolt-ev-first-drive/

That article specifically states they cannot tell the difference.

Yea, they confirm the change happened though, just that they can’t tell the difference on a tape measure when they whip out their tape measure. *shrug*

Whether the changes fixed the problem of the seats now being comfortable or not is certainly a whole other question. But they have made changes intended to fix the issues.

Those sets were so uncomfortable for test drive that my partner of 6.1 height had back pains for a week

My friend of 6’10” loves his Model 3.

Drama much?

My partner, 6’2″, loves the seats. We both find them very comfortable, but we are not fat.

The underlying foam is about 1 inch thicker in the revised version.
It has a distinct part number.

+1 thanks for the factual info. I can understand why this was hard to measure with the seat covers on with a tape measure. Thicker foam isn’t exactly the easiest thing to measure with a tape measure without removing the seat covers.

What it REALLY needs is a DC fast-charging port that can handle >120KW. But that will probably require a substantial battery upgrade.

It would actually need an upgraded cooling system.
GM is simply not interested in making a vehicle that is better than their gas vehicles so they won’t have fast DCFC rates.

GM actually does EV battery cooling rather well. I still don’t understand how they seem to have taken a step backwards from the Spark EV which stayed at 45+ kW charging all the way up to 85%. The Bolt tapers off much sooner, and needs an 80 kW charger just to charge at 50 kW

http://sparkev.blogspot.com/2017/05/year-of-dc-fast-charging-and-battery.html

I would guess it’s because of the greater numbers of Bolts sold vs. the Spark. These cars have a 8 year warranty on the battery pack most places and in some, 10 years in some places. I think they are trying to baby the battery to ensure long life and therefore minimal warranty replacements. The Spark by contrast was a compliance car sold in limited numbers thereby reducing the numbers of potential warrant claims.

In addition, the Spark had a smaller battery, so public charging is more likely to occur in a Spark than a Bolt. The Bolt has enough capacity that most people that buy them will hardly ever use public charging. I am that person. I have owned my Bolt 1 year, 9 months and have used public charging exactly twice and only one of those times was DCFC.

No. They killed the Spark before the release of the Bolt

So…??

“…warranty on the battery pack (is) 10 years in some places.”

No state requires a longer warranty on EV batteries. CARB states require ten year warranties on hybrid batteries because emissions warranties must be 10 years and CARB has ruled that hybrid batteries effect emissions. EVs obviously have no emission warranty.

“… the Spark had a smaller battery, so public charging is more likely to occur in a Spark than a Bolt.”

I most strongly disagree. Larger batteries enable longer road trips. We rarely used our small battery EVs for long distances until we bought a Model 3. Now it’s “ROAD TRIP!!” at every opportunity. And, of course, fast charging is the way to charge on road trips.

Exactly. Tesla for the win!

Trying to kill their electrified program. Killed 2 one more to gp

And you know GM’s product planning and strategy how??? Do tell us about your intimate insider connection.

By watching their progress which has been zero since the Bolt was announced?

Progress has been negative with killing the ELR, the Spark EV, the CT6 PHEV, and the Volt.

Why would you not kill products that aren’t selling and losing you money?

Cause and effect. Why weren’t they selling? Why not improve upon the product weaknesses than kill it, wasting even more sunk money? Why not replace it with a better product if you do kill it? Too many “whys” with GM.

Why wouldn’t you update them to fix them so they would sell and make money instead of throwing away all the money already invested into bringing them to market?

Chevy Bolt announced 2015 as a concept. Chevy Bolt production version shown 2016. Chevy Bolt goes on sale late 2016. The car has only really been for sale for two years and yet you expect some sort of “progress”. Just because GM doesn’t make a habit of tweeting shadowy teaser photos and fake posed “spy shots”, doesn’t mean they are working on zero the last two years. Just because Tesla and VW flap their gums all the time about all the things they’re going to do in the future, doesn’t mean others aren’t working on real progress behind the scenes.

I drive Tesla’s better product. No shady teaser photo, or lame, empty GM corporate promises needed.

GM proved that with their size, wealth, cadre of engineers and most importantly, their relationship with LG Chem and LG Electric in S. Korea, they could beat Tesla to market with a 230+ mile BEV. Thats it. And it ended there. Today, that “revelation” is a faded memory as 200,000 far superior M3s drive our roadways and counting.

GM not only dropped the ball, the shuttering of their auto plants and renewed commitment to ICE and light hybrid trucks and SUVs just may be the opening bell of their demise.

Basically. Pretty much what I would have written.

The big news over at GM was an upcoming Buick version of Bolt. Leaked reports of focus groups being shown a Buick Bolt emerged with several confirming nods from GM execs. Naturally, that car would cost even more than the shamefully overpriced Bolt. It would fix the punishing seats, add slightly more length, possible by new bodywork on the same exact platform. It would have padding where Bolt has hard plastcs and maybe even ACC. Secrets are hard to keep in the auto business. So just as the “secret” of the Buick got leaked, so did recent news it has been cancelled. Why? The beancounters at GM cannot see a pathway to profit. Losing money on each Bolt, why dig a deeper hole with a more expensive Buick version? Look no further than ELR. What a fiasco THAT was! $80,000 for a cushy Caddy Volt that seated two! The reason GM and legacy auto cannot see fit to build affordable 300 mile BEVs is because they have to build 100,000s of them to see profits. To sell 100,000s would mean to build a size and type of BEV customers need and want. No bite sized Bolt, but a CRV to… Read more »

Another way to look at it is that Model 3 is Tesla’s proof of concept that a 220-300 mile BEV can be profitable. In a couple more quarters what with European deliveries starting and $35,000 entry level 3s out the door, mission accomplished.

Model Y reveal and the Shanghai plant mean onward and upward. Now to buy at least one of those newly shuttered GM plants for Y and Semi production…

The Bolt will fizzle out. New colors cannot float a sinking boat that has lost it’s tax credit, and costs nearly as much as the far superior Standard Range Model 3.

What! Tesla M3 Entry level $35,000 (which not made / offered yet) is “proof” of profitability?? If it were “proof” why can’t they dare offer it to me? They pulled shenanigans and sold thousands of over priced $55 – 60K M3s just to eek out their first real profit in many quarters. They haven’t proved profitability any more than GM has on a BEV. “Mission unaccomplished”

Rather than the “normal man’s budget” Bolt fizzling out, Tesla’s targeted rich people will fizzle out much sooner. Real people can’t afford Tesla’s cars. There are other electrics out there that are affordable and will become mainstream before Tesla get’s to an affordable car or SUV. My opinion.

Yes like as soon as I can buy a Kona in New York I am all in but my Hyundai dealer told they have no idea if and when they will get the car.

I don’t think GM can afford to have the Bolt to fizzle out in the US; GM needs an EV in the CARB states for compliance purposes at least, and now that the Volt and Spark EV are all but gone, the Bolt has to stay. Also, the Bolt provides a platform for their experimentations with autonomous cars, and for developing future technologies.

But I wonder if there is anything, other than predictable outcry from the WH and the public that would prevent GM from shipping the Bolt production to let’s say Korea, where 2/3 of its value is created anyway, or even China, where it (the Bolt) may even become profitable.

Even when ELRs were closed out at $40k, still glad I didn’t buy one.

But, but…

No it needs better software. The software throttles the charge rate due to conserving the battery

Spec, I don’t think the Bolt needs anything more to safely charge at 75 kW rates. I think GM has just decided that it is safer for warranty purposes to limit the charge rate and start the taper early to baby the pack. They babied the pack on the Volt too. Charging at 120 kw is a different story. But even stepping up to 75 kW would help the Bolt road trip capability a great deal. 40 additional kWh (150 miles of AER at a moderate hwy speed) takes over an hour with the aggressive taper on the Bolt pack. With 75 kW charging and a more aggressive taper profile it could be done in less than 40 minutes. Still not optimal, but good enough for a lot of drivers.
100 kW rate would be very good. 120-125 kW would be outstanding. But right now, I think that 150 kW charge rates are the holy grail all BEV’s should aspire to. Yeah, that is a whole lot of wishful thinking for the Bolt…

Good charging infrastructure would help.
Not that GM would care. That’s the buyer’s problem. And on another note, Porsche expects dealers to shell out 300,000-400,000 for their new DCFC. And who’s going to maintain that? They’re heading for the problems Nissan CHAdeMOs have/had.

Even just 70 kW charging on 80 kW chargers would be a big jump from the 50 kW on 80 kW chargers.

Keep in mind that the Bolt is fairly efficient, so even 70 kW charging gives a pretty good miles per hour charging rate.

Why has GM not updated the Bolt to support 80kW charging? It’s battery, cooling and motor config is similar to the 64kWh system from LG Chem, surely since the LG Chem/Kia Niro/Kona system can charge at 77kW, so can the Bolt.

That’s the main issue with the Bolt, maximum charging rate is so slow, and it tapers way too soon. Or better yet, why didn’t they switch to the 64kWh batter from LG Chem, and give the Bolt more range(253 miles vs 238 miles.).

Because the 64kwh battery pack is from Hyundai, not LG Chem and it is a different configuration and size. There is a difference between battery cell and battery pack. LG Chem makes the cells, the manufacturers make the packs specific to their cars.

No it from LG

And you need to learn the difference between an OEM supplier and a manufacturer. I guarantee you that you can only buy that 64kwh battery pack from Hyundai. LG Chem can not sell you that battery pack because it is not their intellectual property to sell. So yeah, that battery pack is made by Hyundai in the same way an iPhone 10 is made by Apple. The actual contractor that fabricates the product is irrelevant to this discussion.

This is correct. LG is contracted to construct these parts to each car maker’s specs and they can only ship these parts to the company who owns the IP and contracted for LG to build these parts. These are not off-the-shelf parts that anyone can buy out of an LG parts catalog.

Best thing would be if they fix the insanely harsh ride.

Word is that was a fix for ’19

…and the dangerous low rolling resistance tires. They tryin’ to kill somebody?

Yet another EV where the engineers are the only ones who seem to care about the product. Corporate/marketing and the dealers, not so much. Talk about a missed opportunity…

What opportunity has been missed. Please explain.

GM failed to convert first-to-market 200+ mile EV’s into long-term sales leadership. Instead they lost their pure EV sales lead within the first year of the first 200+ mile EV competitor going into production.

Lost opportunity. The whole concept of being first to market is to establish a firm market leadership position that through sheer momentum keeps you on top of the market sector.

No ACC even after all this time, Tsk tsk.

Bolt would make a fantastic FWD budget EV choice for around $25,000. $44,000 for a subcompact with hard plastic interior, punishing seats, optional fast charging and no ACC shows GM’s non-commitment to electrification hasn’t changed one bit.

Volkswagen’s ID will shame this niche compliance product.

New colors? Slow news day…

Another automotive product genius. And how do you propose GM sell the Bolt “for around $25,000”?? By saying that is possible, you’re implying that GM is making more than $17,000 profit on each Bolt sold. That would be fantastic news to GM!!! If only it were true…

I think his point, like a lot of people’s is that that’s what it feels like.

Remember, the standard Tesla Model 3 doesn’t have ACC either.

But it has the necessary hardware and it could, with the push of a button.

Yes, for another 5-10,000. Would you like to pay another $5-10000 for you Bolt?

I’m not going to buy a BOLT at those prices even if they add this color, graphite white and Hi-Viz Yellow. Well, maybe.

I don’t like either the slate gray or the “shock”. The slate gray looks like wet cement. The shock color looks putrid. I was very fond of the “orange burst”, the color of my Bolt, and am sad they discontinued it for the Bolt.

I like the slate grey, but prefer the white with the black bow tie…. drove over 200 miles because my local Chevy dealer wouldn’t trade to get me the one I wanted!