Buick Could Be Working On a Bolt-Based Crossover

The Chevrolet Bolt hasn’t exactly set the sales chart on fire but General Motor’s next electric vehicle could be a different story.

According to Inside EVs, the company could be developing a Buick crossover that is based on the Bolt.

Citing a “very trusted/known source” who reportedly attended a focus group in California, the publication says the model will largely be a badge-engineered crossover with unique exterior styling. That doesn’t sound too promising but the source noted the model resembled something like a next-generation Buick Encore.

The styling differences appeared to be enough that some people in the focus group couldn’t tell the two models were related. As the sourced noted, “Some completely trashed [the] Bolt EV and loved the Buick, so I guess the designers did a good job.”

Speaking of the design, the model reportedly has aggressive LED headlights and a floating roof. The overall dimensions largely carryover but the crossover is rumored to have additional rear seat legroom.

The interior is similarly mysterious as insider said the model had a flowing dashboard and a large touchscreen infotainment system. Other highlights are said to include dashboard stitching and a push-button transmission.

On the performance front, the crossover will reportedly use the same front-wheel drive powertrain as the Bolt. However, it will reportedly take 0.4 seconds longer than the Bolt to accelerate from 0-60 mph.

If everything pans out, the Buick EV will cost $3,000 more than the Bolt. This means pricing would start around $40,495 before incentives.

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    The Bolt has only been on sale for a matter of months, and as you yourselves pointed out in the linked article, it is only available in 7 states. Generally, all-new models take a while to reach customers, who likely don’t yet know the Bolt even exists. Compared to all the hype surrounding Tesla’s Model 3, GM advertising is quite minimal. Moreover, everyone knows the Tesla is electric, but even if they saw it on the street, people may think the Bolt is a hybrid and would have no way of knowing about the impressive 238 mile range. If allowed to naturally permeate the marketplace, I suspect it will succeed given enough time.

    I hope Chevrolet already has plans for a compact crossover with the Voltec powertrain or other 50 mpg hybrid setup. I really feel that this is the sweet spot right now for sales. Whoever can create a CUV Prius will have a sales hit on their hands. The Kia Niro is already pretty close, if a little boring to look at.


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