Bolt Chassis to Underpin Two Upcoming GM Crossovers: Report

Remember the Enspire? It’s looking increasingly likely that GM will use a version of the Bolt’s chassis to form the basis of that, and another CUV in the near future.

A slide from a presentation uncovered by GM Authority plainly shows that in November 2017 GM was planning for “New CUV entries; two entries by 2020.” The slide comes from a presentation with the exciting, jazzy name “Leveraging Existing BEV Architecture to Expand in Near Term.”

With a 200 hp/266 lb-ft permanent magnet motor and a range of 238 miles, the Bolt has been lauded for its electric excellence, despite drawing less attention than the media-bating Teslas.

While we don’t know for sure what the platform will be used for in the future, the Buick Enspire’s size doesn’t preclude the use of the BEV2 platform and it seems reasonable to assume the chassis will be used for the most imminent electric vehicles GM has planned.

In the meantime, Chevrolet has added another shift to the Bolt line and has promised to increase output by more than 20% since demand in the US, Canada, and Korea have outstripped production.

[source: GM Authority]