CES 2016: Chevy Bolt is right on target

07 January 2016 | by Tom Phillips

GM has stuck by Chevrolet as its go-to brand at CES. And this year, the Bolt has given it something to really shout about. In much the same way that VW CEO Herbert Diess used his keynote to introduce the Budd-e, and to ensure appropriate gravitas, the Bolt was unveiled by GM CEO Mary Barra during her address before it arrived on the show floor.

The Bolt is a little bigger than the Chevrolet Trax, particularly the extra 45mm in the wheelbase, and appears more crossover-like in the metal than some pictures suggest.

Aside from its badging, the Bolt doesn't look overtly electric. A few commenters have said that it has a certain Asian feel to the bodyside surfacing, too, that make it feel a little like a Honda or Hyundai – arguably not a bad thing if you're talking about the ongoing issue of mainstream acceptance of EVs.

On that score, the black-trim graphic that links front lamp and door mirror, undulating shoulder and floating C-pillar offer a nod to the BMW i3, which has now been thoroughly digested by consumers.

One thing we did notice and now can't unsee is that just like the BMW i8 appears to have a 911 hiding in its rear mask, the Bolt has swapped the original concept's surgical mask-inspired front end for a ower mask which looks like it swallowed up a 2015 Ford Mustang.

Bmw I8 Porsche 911

The 911 hiding in the back of the BMW i8 is one of those things you just can't unsee...

Chevrolet Bolt Ford Mustang

The Mustang in the Bolt's lower mask might be a bit more tenuous... just us?

Disappointingly, we were denied access to the Bolt's interior, and the chance to try its 10.2-inch touchscreen. That will have to wait until Detroit next week.

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