Steering News Renders Production Version Of Chevrolet Bolt


When General Motors unveiled the 200-mile, affordable electric Chevrolet Bolt concept, the automaker made it known that much of the exterior design of the car was completed.  This means that we should expect only a few outside changes when the Bolt goes into production.

With that in mind, we think that’s rendering of the production Bolt is basically spot on.  See that 2016 Volt-like front grill?  Other changes include some headlight redesigning, some minor front-end tweaking and a move to a metal roof (instead of all glass, as seen on the concept). adds:

“The production version is expected to be nearly identical to the concept and digital artist Shoeb Kalania has depicted his impression of the same in a new rendering (featured image). Changes speculated include a restyled front bumper and grille, slightly bigger headlamps, bigger ORVMs and different LED taillights. The Bolt EV will have support for DC charging and will offer a range of over 200 miles (322 km).”

We expect the Bolt to go into production in Q4 2016 and launch in early 2017 at a price of approximately $30,000 after the federal tax credit.

Chevrolet Bolt Concept

Chevrolet Bolt Concept

Chevrolet Bolt Concept With All-Glass Roof

Chevrolet Bolt Concept With All-Glass Roof

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44 responses to "Steering News Renders Production Version Of Chevrolet Bolt"
  1. Mikael says:

    That’s one fugly rendering. The concept looks a lot better.

    1. Lou says:

      Are you guys kidding? The 2 versions are very close to one another, what little they did to change it should not have moved it from nice looking to fugly. Frankly, I like the look. Agree that the glass roof was kind of cool looking, but no one actually expected that to make it to the production version. Don’t know if they are using the same port for charging @J1772 as the CCS. Maybe that’s how it is done, with CCS just using the same port. I do wish it was a tad longer. The other day I was looking at a Sonic in a parking lot. While larger than a Spark, it was still a little on the small side. Overall, though, I like the look of the car.

      1. Bonaire says:

        The silver grille is a very bad design element. On Volt and this Bolt rendering.

        The full plastic grille-like front of the orange version is fine by me.

        1. bro1999 says:

          Why would the Bolt have a larger grille opening than the Volt?? Conventional grille is way too big in the rendering.

        2. Rick Danger says:

          “The silver grille is a very bad design element. On Volt and this Bolt rendering.”


          They should include a can of black spray paint with every car 🙂

    2. eco Logical says:

      I agree with Mikael, the BOLT IS UGLY. Why didn’t GM just take the ICE, Gas Tank, exhaust system and CVT out of the VOLT and replace it with more batteries. I’d buy a VOLT with 200 miles electric range but I won’t buy the BOLT or a VOLT with an ICE !!!

  2. Taser54 says:

    I have to argee with Mikael-mark this moment down. Is it actually a rendering if it simply a tweak of the existing concept?
    Deleting the glass roof, putting on a volt bumper, moving the side mirrors up, changing the color.

    Not much to “render”

    1. scottf200 says:

      Added a Volt grill and changed the color. Otherwise looks virtually the same. Waste of print space/time.

  3. acevolt says:

    Why would they add such a large lower intake? Does Steering News expect GM to add a REx?

  4. mr. M says:

    the original one seems longer to me, i don’t know why…

  5. iwatson says:

    Why does everyone contend that the glass roof is out? On a cold day the Bolt EV could be parked in the sun with a glass roof and that alone would keep the car toasty warm without the need to use the heater (which is a range killer). In the summertime a white shade could be used to reflect the sun’s energy to keep the car cooler,

    1. Alonso Perez says:


      But I don’t see why it couldn’t be a rather lucrative option.

      1. bro1999 says:

        Cost/safety testing requirements. But yeah, mainly cost.

        1. kdawg says:

          Weight as well. Glass weighs a lot compared to sheet metal.

          1. sven says:

            I seem to recall reading that automakers are experimenting with sandwiching low weight polycarbonate (lexan) between two very thin sheets of gorilla glass (or its equivalent) in an effort to cut down on the weight of glass in automobiles.

    2. John says:

      Cost, weight, and the fact that California will likely be a big chunk of the sales, and much of the state is too sunny for a full glass roof to be practical or desirable.

  6. pjwood1 says:


    1. bro1999 says:

      Teaser video released by GM indicates 5 seats.

      1. Anon says:

        “5 Seats”, like the new Volt is a 5 seater? 😛

  7. sven says:

    I’m hoping that GM keeps the all-grass roof and introduces tech that allows it to function as a transparent solar panel to generate electricity. After seeing the video below, I was wondering if GM, Tesla or any other automaker would consider putting Ubiquitous Energy’s transparent solar film on a car’s glass roof, and if the file doesn’t impair the optical qualities of the glass on the windshield and other windows. The transparent solar film allows 90% of visible light to pass through while absorbing the ultraviolet and infrared spectrum. Would absorbing the infrared light waves reduce the heating of seats and other surfaces when they are exposed to direct sunlight? Anyways, the company is targeting smartphones and tablets, then glass windows on skyscrapers/buildings, with no mention of automotive applications.

    1. sven says:

      Here are links to the company’s website. The first one explains the tech>

    2. Bill Howland says:

      I forget precisely but I think my overbuilt solar system is around 13% efficient.

      If these can even get overall 9% efficiency on skyscrapers, and provide a few extra 100 megawatts of power on the larger buildings AS well as decreasing the summer air conditioning loading (since it absorbs near infrared) – this company single handedly will kill the Nuclear Power Business.

      Electricity will then be so cheap during peak time periods that capital intensive Nuclear Plants won’t stand a chance.

      Ok, now there’s always a downside. Is there a reliability/longevity/delicateness problem to these thin films? How many years can they run before they’re Kaput?

      1. Ambulator says:

        There is very little sunlight in the North in winter. Batteries cannot balance seasonal variation.

  8. Anon says:

    Sticking a Volt grill on a Bolt, is lame.

    Hope this is just artistic speculation; as it’s really fugly. EV’s don’t need big grills. The concept hint of a nosecone, was fine.

    1. GeorgeS says:

      and this coming from someone that drives a Leaf 🙂

      1. Anon says:

        Sorry George, I do not own a Leaf. I have test driven them at an EV Event in Santa Monica– like have have many other EV’s…

        Please update your database when taking pot-shots. Comment still stands.

  9. Josh says:

    If the Volt and Bolt have the same grill and headlights, the confusion will be never ending. It doesn’t seem like a plan for mass adoption.

    1. Anon says:

      I could see purposeful confusion used to push the gas-consuming HYBRID (Volt) at Dealerships… That would keep demand lower for the BEV, since GM doesn’t own the factories to make the batteries & better control their costs per unit.

  10. Terry says:

    Even though it looks like GM might beat Tesla with 200 mile mid 30s EV Tesla may get better sales. I do not think GM wants to get involved with charging network. As more individuals switch from gas guzzlers to EVs they will go with Tesla because of this charging network and free driving miles. Tesla could make some money and have level 2 chargers and charge for usage. I know its not much for the price of chargers but it may work were there are more EVs. I also think there will be faster charging batteries in the near future and longer ranges.

    1. Ambulator says:

      If Tesla has some reasonable hope that another manufacturer would sign on they might consider spinning off the Supercharger network.

  11. GeorgeS says:

    If it ends up looking this good them I may get one now that my Volt lease is up.

    I’m just worried GM is going to change it too much from the concept. Usually the concept and the final vehicle are quite different.

    If GM reverts to the econo box look then I’m out.

    1. bro1999 says:

      We’ve seen GM officials (on state that the production version will look 95% like the concept, exterior wise.

      1. Anon says:

        The cheap looking / fugly grill is about 5%. 😉

  12. Bill Howland says:

    Regarding GM and Tesla, I agree with the point that the Charging Network will be left to others as far as GM is concerned…

    Many people, including many here, have been requesting a full economic analysis of the Supercharger’s expenses. Since so few of them (at least the ones around me) make any huge percentage of their electricity from solar panels or off peak battery systems, the electric bills eventually have to be killing them.

    Musk has already politely warned about ‘the locals’ hogging the Stalls. Of course, ‘the locals’ figure they’ve paid $2000 up front for the privilege and want to get ‘their moneys’ worth’.

    I’ll say this: the superchargers will be absolutely FREE forever, up until the day when they are no longer free.

    Now GM will most likely sell huge numbers of BOLTS. They sold huge numbers of VOlts since there is nothing on the market like it. Same will apply to the BOLT: a low cost 200 mile BEV. Hopefully with at least a 6 kw internal charger, and (optionally), a CCS charge port for those who want one, the car car be used at freeway stops where hopefully in the future either CCS or 6kw EVSE’s exist.

    Even though GM hasn’t used such a huge charger in the past, Tesla with the S and X seems to get away with a 9.5 kw unit without too many complaints from the serving utility and so GM likewise should get away with a 6 kw unit in their vehicles since the car will charge from a dead battery over the WHOLE nightime, something the Edison Electric Institute I’m sure insists on.

    So while not ideal for a traveling salesman just yet, the 200 mile BEV will become a reality without the expense of another supercharger network, the expense of which is already seemingly haunting Tesla a bit, if Musk’s comments are any clue.

    1. MTN Ranger says:

      I will be upset if they stick with a 3.3kW charger like on the Volt and Spark EV. I hope GM will not cheap out.

      1. Anon says:

        If they stick with a 3.3 this late in the game, with a 200 mile range EV, you KNOW they’re actively not promoting electric drivetrain technology.

        It should be against the law to make sucky EVs.

  13. John says:

    The concept is much better looking. The awful front grill and the little extra lights above it on each side really gunk up the look in the production rendering. To me, that’s snatching defeat from the jaws of a design victory. I really hope GM doesn’t do that.

  14. jzj says:

    Anyone know the Bolt dimensions? I can’t seem to locate them on-line. I know the car is reportedly built off the Sonic platform. I don’t know whether the Sonic will have a new platform in time for the Bolt, or how much the Bolt will vary from the Sonic platform.

    The Sonic’s dimensions are as follows: Wheelbase: 99.4
    Length: 173.1
    Width w/o mirrors: 68.3
    Height 59.7

    That’s a pretty smallish car. I have a RAV4 EV now, and have to decide next year whether to buy out the lease or let the lease go and get a Bolt. (I am not sitting on my hands for the Tesla 3 to finally be available sometime in 2018, despite that it’s probably the car I want.)

    1. MTN Ranger says:

      Yes, Bolt will be on the new Sonic platform. No definite measurements yet, but from released video of the test vehicles, it looks to be roughly the size of a Sonic hatchback. With a battery pack in the floor, the interior space may possibly be larger than a Volt.

  15. Koenigsegg says:

    do not want

  16. Martin T. says:

    Americans have got to loose the Chrome Grill!
    The Original one is better !

    1. Vince G. says:

      A fun way to customize a Gen II Volt, if you don’t like the chrome grill, will be to put a wrap on the grill or paint the grill.