2022 Chevy Bolt EUV Offers Increased Space, Hands-Free Cruising, Highway Drive
Last month in Taylor, Michigan during a day that the sun was finally shining brightly on, the Autoblog staff first laid eyes on the brand-new 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV. The crew was on deck to take a short drive to thoroughly explore one of the most long-awaited new features on board: Super Cruise. The Bolt EUV is the first non-Cadillac vehicle to get GM’s advanced driver assistance system that allows the driver to remove their hands from the wheel completely during highway driving.
It’s a time that we have long-awaited here at Jim Butler Chevy of St. Louis, as this incoming technology was impressive enough to win Autoblog’s 2019 Technology of the Year Award, and has seen even more improvement over the last three years. There are over 70,000 miles of road where it is functional, and it combines adaptive cruise control with lane following/centering technology to steer the car, then adding a much-needed layer of safety with the driver monitoring system. There is also a camera on the steering column that closely tracks the driver’s face and eyes to ensure that their crucial attention remains focused on the road ahead.
When lane markings are clearly visible, the driver begins the Super Cruise feature by pressing a button on the steering wheel, which then allows the car to take over braking, steering and acceleration. At the top, a light bar turns green when the Super Cruise activates, which means that you can relax and take your hands and feet away from the controls! As long as the conditions remain optimal, the car will “pilot itself” through curves and, after just a few short moments you can have a sense of safety and confidence with the car doing the majority of the work.
The back seat has enough room for a 6′ tall adult to stretch out properly, and this excited and test drive ready group immediately noticed that the cockpit has a few new controls added to the mix. Both 2022 Bolt models see a new assortment of buttons to select Park, Neutral, Reverse and Drive Modes, along with a new one-pedal drive mode this year. The Bolt can utilize its awesome tech to remember where the one-pedal drive mode was on or off during the end of the last trip, and there’s a new camera feed kin the rearview mirror that offers a standard reflection as well as a digital view.
You’ll be getting 250 miles of range from each charge, and deriving power from a 65-kilowatt hour battery and a single motor that eagerly delivers 200 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque to the front wheels. Once this driver assistance system kicks in and takes over you are free to relax and enjoy the comfortable seats, and very quiet cabin without the noise from the engine. Need the ultimate incentive to make the eco-conscious switch to electric? Ask us how you can free up more springtime funds with the help of Chevy installing a 240-volt outlet at your home to fully enjoy the benefits of Level 2 charging!
The all-new 2022 Chevy Bolt EV and EUV are coming soon. Stay tuned for updates!