If you’re unveiling a new vehicle right now, the best way to ensure a receptive audience is to either make it electrically powered or an SUV. And if you really want to raise some eyebrows, throw in some hands-free driving.
Or you could offer all three.
Chevrolet recently unveiled a first look at its 2021 Bolt, which it’s dubbing an "EUV," or electric utility vehicle. This larger version of the current EV gets a longer wheelbase and more interior room.
It will also be the automaker’s first vehicle with their Super Cruise platform. No, Super Cruise is not part of the next Marvel phase of movies — it was originally launched with the 2018 Cadillac CT6.
The platform is described as a combination of traditional cruise control, LiDAR, 3D mapping software, GPS technology, and a network of sensors that work together to keep a vehicle in its lane, while facial recognition software ensures the driver is keeping their eyes on the road.
All this allows for nearly autonomous driving, but only on highways. Future developments are calling for the ability to change lanes via turn signals.
Unfortunately for EV fans, the Bolt EUV won’t be using GM’s next-gen Ultium battery technology -- and its potential to reach up to 400 miles on a single charge, and go zero to 60 in 3 seconds.
Specific underhood details are not yet available, but it’s speculated that the vehicle will at least equal the current Bolt’s 200 HP motor and driving range of 259 miles.