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Chevrolet ups 2020 Bolt's range to 259 miles by changing battery cell chemistry

The Chevrolet Bolt is getting expanded range for the 2020 model year.

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Chevrolet has changed the cell chemistry in its Bolt EV battery for the 2020 model year giving the electric vehicle 259 miles of range. This is a 21-mile improvement over the 2019 model year's range.

By reconfiguring just the cells' chemistry, Chevrolet engineers were able to keep the battery pack the same size allowing the automaker to not have to change the way the battery is housed within the vehicle's structure.

"The Chevrolet Bolt EV has been changing consumer perceptions of electric vehicles since its launch in 2016," said Steve Majoros, director of Chevrolet Passenger Car and Crossover Marketing. "Great range — now even more — is the foundation of the Bolt EV's success, and when paired with features like one-pedal driving, Regen on Demand and the instant torque of the EV motor, the vehicle delivers an exceptional driving experience. Chevrolet also is helping to encourage EV adoption by providing customers the necessary tools and services to make EV ownership more convenient."

There are 288 cells in the Bolt's 66kWh lithium-ion battery. Each Bolt comes with a 8-year/100,000 mile warranty on its battery and EV components.

Chevorlet advises that the Bolt gains 6 km of range for every hour it is plugged into a 120-volt outlet. On a 240-volt outlet the car can fully charge in 10 hours. Via a DC Fast Charge connection, the Bolt can add 90 miles of range in 30 minutes.

The added range of the Bolt EV does not lessen or increase the car's horsepower and torque. It will continue to achieve 200 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque.

The change in battery chemistry also does not increase nor decrease the car's curb weight over the 2019 model.

The Detroit-based automaker has not announced any further changes to the Bolt for the 2020 model year outside of two new paint jobs: Cayenne Orange Metallic and Oasis Blue.

The 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV will arrive at dealerships in late 2019 with a starting MSRP of $37,495 (including destination and handling charges). All Bolt models have the same range.

Want to maximize the range in your Bolt? Chevrolet has some tips.

Bolt EV: Maximizing Your Range | Chevrolet www.youtube.com

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Plug it in to get 42 miles of all-electric range.

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At last year's LA Auto Show, Toyota debuted the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime, a plug-in variant of the best-selling SUV in the U.S. Now that the model is about to go on sale, the Japan-based automaker has revealed how much it will cost.

The plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) will have a starting MSRP of $38,100. Toyota will offer the model in just two grades: SE and XSE. Those two trim levels denote the SUV's underlying sporty drive characteristics according to traditional Toyota nomenclature.

2021 Toyota RAV4 Hyrbid New Toyota RAV4 plug-in is the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime. Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

While most PHEVs are designed to sacrifice power for range, the RAV4 doesn't. Its power plant is able to achieve 302 horsepower and can get to 60 mph off the line in 5.7 seconds. Toyota says that time makes the RAV4 Prime the quickest four-door model in their lineup.

The RAV4 Prime has 42 miles of all-electric range. Americans travel, on average, about 30 miles per day to run errands around town so theoretically whomever owns the SUV would be able to do all their errands without using a drop of gasoline. This range also gives the SUV the distinction of having the highest all-electric range of any plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) SUV on the market.

Toyota estimates that the SUV will achieve 94 MPGe combined. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid, which is also a PHEV, gets 90 MPGe. The 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport PHEV gets 42 MPGe and the 2020 Volvo XC60 PHEV gets 57 MPGe. Each model listed comes standard with all-wheel drive.

All Toyota RAV4 models come equipped with standard Toyota Safety Sense 2.0.

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime SE

The SE trim level has a unique front grille and lower front spoiler. Piano black exterior accents are featured throughout the body. The SUV rides one 18-inch painted and machined alloy wheels.

Its standard equipment list is fitting for its price point and includes heated front seats, eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat with lumbar support, a 7-inch multi-information display in front of the driver, blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert technology, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob with red stitching, power hatchback, 8-inch infotainment touch screen, Amazon Alexa, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay.

The car also comes standard with a 3-kilowatt-hour on-board charger.

The available Weather & Moonroof Package (+$1,665 upgrade) features a number of upgrades including a heated steering wheel, heated rear outboard seats, and rain-sensing windshield wipers with de-icer function.

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime XSE

The 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime XSE starts at $41,425 and builds on what is offered in the SE model. It's available with a two-tone paint scheme that pairs a black roof with select colors, including the Supersonic Red paint that joins the RAV4 lineup for the first time.

Toyota's list of features for the RAV4 Prime XSE includes 19-inch two-tone alloy wheels, vertical LED accent lights, paddle shifters, a moonroof, SofTex seats, wireless charging, ambient interior lighting, automatic dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink universal transceiver, and a 9-inch infotainment touch screen.

Toyota is also offering the model with a Premium Audio package that includes dynamic navigation and a JBL speaker system.

Available options for the XSE grade include:

  • Weather Package (+$815)
    • Heated Steering Wheel
    • Heated Rear Outboard Seats
    • Rain Sensing Wipers w/Wiper De-Icer
  • Weather and Audio Package (+$2,435)
    • Weather package plus:
      • JBL Premium Audio
      • Dynamic Navigation with 3 year trial
      • Destination Assist with 1 year trial
  • Weather with Audio and Premium Package (+$5,760)
    • Weather and Audio package plus:
      • AC (6.6kW) Enhanced Charger
      • Digital Rearview Mirror
      • 120V/1500W AC power outlet in cargo area
      • Panoramic Moonroof
      • Kick-Type Power Back Door
      • SofTex®-trimmed seats with sporty red accents and stitching
      • Bird's Eye View Camera
      • 4-way power adjustable front passenger seat with seatback pocket
      • Smart Key System on all doors
      • Perforated Heated & Ventilated Front Seats
      • Parking Assist with Automatic Braking
      • Adaptive Front Headlight System
      • Head-Up Display

Prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) excluding the delivery, processing and handling (DPH) fee of $1,120. The DPH fee for vehicles distributed by Southeast Toyota (SET) and Gulf States Toyota (GST) may vary. RAV4 Prime customers also may qualify for an $7,500 federal tax credit. Individual states have additional incentives that can be either be applied at time of purchase or via a rebate program, depending on the state. Individual state incentive information can be found at https://afdc.energy.gov/laws/state.

The 2021 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid goes on sale this summer.

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Nissan is introducing a long list of new models in the coming year.

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As part of its plan to grow business, on Thursday Nissan (the global overlord that has Nissan, Infiniti, and Datsun as its brands) released information regarding its business objectives. While there is plenty notable in the release, one particular item stands out: 12 new products will be released in the coming 18 months.

Though lips are sealed at the Japan-based automaker, there are a few clues as to what is coming for the U.S. market, including a video released today by the company. Scroll down to see AutomotiveMap's thoughts on each teased model and be sure to check out the insight into the Infiniti models shown in the video at the end of the article.

NISSAN NEXT: From A to Z www.youtube.com

2021 Nissan Rogue

We know that a redesigned Nissan Rogue was supposed to debut at the New York International Auto Show (originally slated for April, then pushed to August, then cancelled). Now, it's set to likely have a virtual reveal this summer.

Leaked photos of the SUV reveal a model that is thoroughly updated from top to bottom but still recognizable for Rogue enthusiasts. Reporting by CarsDirect tells that the Rogue will get a power bump for 2021 achieving 180 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque (current numbers are 170 and 175, respectively). Fuel economy numbers also go up. That brings the SUV more in line with its competition.

Additional photos show that the SUV has wireless charging, a new shifter, all-digital instrument cluster, and a variety of available drive modes (all-wheel drive is a likely option). Expect a library-level quiet cabin filled with near-premium materials as those traits have become Nissan hallmarks as of late.

2021 Nissan Frontier

Nissan has not played coy about the 2021 Frontier making its debut later this year. The automaker officially spilled the beans when they told the world that the 2020 Frontier was going to have a new V6 engine, which will power the new Frontier next year.

What can you expect? The new Frontier is likely to be a bigger, more commanding version of the current model that takes much of its design cues from Titan. It has undergone a top to bottom redesign for the first time in over a decade so it will likely have all the latest technology and design language that can be found in Nissan vehicles. Some of the tech that's currently exclusive to Titan, like accelerometer technology, which replaces the truck's gyroscope for what the company says are more accurate degree of pitch and roll angles.

There's also been a series of leaked photos featuring what insiders are calling the Frontier NISMO for the last year. The real question isn't what it will look like - think 2021 Frontier with more accentuated features, but instead what it will be capable of. Will the Frontier NISMO be a Ford Ranger Raptor fighter or just be faster with a stronger face? Many are hoping that Nissan goes the route of the former.

2021 Nissan Ariya

The teaser video showed what is likely a version of what publicly started as the Nissan Ariya Concept. The model, an all-electric crossover designed to have over 300 miles of range, shows off fresh design language and powertrain possibilities. Since its debut, Nissan has made no secret of the fact that plans for an electrified SUV are in the making and we may finally see those go into production.

2021 Nissan Navara

Like the Frontier, the Nissan Navara is also set for a redesign. However, it looks like they won't be the same truck, nor will they be produced on the same platform. it will have familiar characteristics including roof rails and a beefy exterior. The midsize truck, which has nearly the same dimensions as the Frontier is sold in Asia, Europe, South Africa, New Zealand, and Australia.

2022 Nissan 400Z

Passionate brand followers likely file this one under, "It's about damn time." A redesigned Nissan Z is on its way, and confirmed in a new video released by the company that shows its retro-inspired styling. The car is slated to have a twin-turbo V6 under its hood (that's what powers the Infiniti Q50 and Q6 400 Red Sport today. In those cars it gets 400 horsepower and that's a figure that likely plays into the car's fresh name. Look for a NISMO-tuned edition of the model to push 500 horsepower.

2021 Nissan Pathfinder

From the looks of the teaser video, the Nissan Pathfinder is getting a nose that looks like the one on the Ariya Concept and will retain its three-row seating configuration. While the Pathfinder sells well in the U.S. as a lifestyle-focused SUV, many enthusiasts were hoping to see it return to its roots with a more rugged body style as part of a redesign. That does not look like it will be so.

However, Nissan could be building in more off-roading capability with the new Pathfinder. It will likely have a variety of drive modes (if the Rogue redesign is a clue) and could prove to be at least as capable as the Honda Pilot and Subaru Ascent when equipped with all-wheel drive.

Look for the Pathfinder to debut later this year.

2021 Nissan Kicks

2021 Nissan Kicks

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A refreshed Kicks has already debuted in Thailand and its fresh face is likely to make its way to the U.S. soon. Does its product run seem quick? Remember, the model went on sale globally years before it ever came to North America.

The 2021 model sports a new grille design, slimmed headlights, more exaggerated rooflines, and fresh front and rear bumpers. Nissan has also given the car a new available powertrain variant that utilizes the company's e-Power technology to combine a 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine, a 1.57 kilowatt-hour battery, and an electric motor. However, experts believe that this version of the SUV isn't expected to make it stateside.

2022 Nissan Armada

Will it be a Patrol? Armada? The jury may still be deciding. Either way, Nissan is well down the path of a redesign of the three-row SUV. The model could get the twin-turbo V6 that is poised to go in the 400Z, which could make it more fuel efficient and lighter, while also being just as capable. Expect a new Armada/Patrol to be off-road ready, just as it currently is.

2021 Nissan Micra

The Micra isn't sold in the U.S. but those living abroad in need of a small car should get ready to check out the forthcoming version of the small hatchback. The model is due for a sold refresh rather than a complete makeover, with its last version arriving for the 2017 model year.

2021 Nissan Qashqai

The Nissan Qashqai is sold in the U.S. as the Rogue Sport. Like with the Kicks, the U.S. was late to the ballgame so the Qashqai is already up for a redesign. The Qasqai is built on the same platform as the Nissan Rogue so it makes sense that it would be getting a redo around the same time as the Rogue. Look for the two models to share similar interior and exterior features though the Qashqai is likely to have a less powerful engine.

2021 Nissan Terra

North America doesn't have the Terra and it's likely that it won't in the refreshed version of the SUV either. It is designed and marketed for Asia as an off-road capable near-premium SUV. Think of it as a hardier version of the Murano that is based on the Navara.

2022 Nissan Note

This model is the wildcard in Nissan's promo video. Some speculation by experts says that the automaker is bringing back the Note name not as a Versa hatchback but as its own Honda Fit competitor.

If you closely watch the video at the top of this article, you'll see the 2020 Infiniti QX55 and the 2021 Infiniti QX60 break cover. We've already seen both (one up close) despite the fact they haven't officially been revealed. Learn more about the QX55 here and the QX60 here.

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