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Chevrolet teases refreshed 2022 Bolt EV, new 2022 Bolt EUV

The Chevrolet Bolt EUV is just one of the electric vehicles the brand will be launching in the coming years. The Bolt EV, shown here, will be refreshed.

Photo courtesy of Chevrolet

A refreshed Chevrolet Bolt EV and new Bolt EUV (that's electric SUV in General Motors talk) are on the horizon. The company recently named the two models as part of a longer list of electrified vehicle introductions planned by 2023.

The Bolt EUV teaser makes the vehicle look a lot like the Buick Velite 7. The what? You've probably never heard of the model because it's built for the Chinese market, but it's an electric SUV in the General Motors portfolio that could be rebadged as a Bolt EUV for America. It wouldn't be unprecedented.

Chevrolet Bolt EUVThe original Bolt EUV teaser image distributed shows a fair amount of details of the model.Photo courtesy of Chevrolet

With a rebadging you'd likely get new front and rear fascia, as well as an interior enhancement, but the basic dimensions and styling of the vehicle would remain the same. The image put out by Chevrolet today shows a similar nose but different headlights than the Buick as well as familiar taillights but an added spoiler. This spoiler likely helps the model achieve better fuel economy in highway and rural road driving situations - something that isn't a traditional Chinese market use case, which may explain the lack of such a feature on the Velite 7.

Turning up the brightness of the image in Photoshop further reveals many of those details.

While driving range (it too will be an all-electric model) and interior tech are mostly secret for now, Chevy has said that the Bolt EUV will employ the brand's first use of Super Cruise, a hands-free driving technology that has been available for years in Cadillac models.

Chevrolet Bolt EUV bright teaserThe Bolt EUV teaser image shown brighter thanks to Photoshop tech.Photo courtesy of Chevrolet

For the 2020 model year, the Chevrolet Bolt EV received added range, bumping its predicted mileage up to 259, a 21-mile improvement. For 2021, it's getting a proper refresh. Expect to see new tech in the electric car and perhaps a larger infotainment screen, though GM is trying to maximize fuel economy and power-sucking electronics isn't the way to do that.

The updates to the front and rear fascia of the Bolt EV give it matching looks to the Bolt EUV. The car's taillights aren't as sleek as the Bolt EUV's, but changing that would cause Chevy to have to re-engineer the hatch. It's also, perhaps, a signal that Chevy isn't looking to completely clone the Bolt EUV.

Chevrolet Bolt EV bright teaserThe Chevrolet Bolt EV's new look, brightened in Photoshop.Photo courtesy of Chevrolet

We'll know more soon. Both vehicles will go into production in summer 2021 and will likely be 2022 models.

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2023 Nissan Leaf pricing announced

The Leaf got a mild facelift for 2023.

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Nissan is nearing the release of the Ariya, its first new EV in several years. Even so, the brand hasn't forgotten about its first mass-market EV, the Leaf. It was an early entrant in the space, and has been an efficient, affordable, commuter car for over a decade. The car got a mild facelift for 2023, with updated wheels and exterior styling accents. Today, Nissan announced pricing for the Leaf, which starts at just under $29,000.

2023 Nissan LeafThe Leaf feels lively, despite middling power numbers.Nissan

The base Leaf comes with a 40-kWh battery capable of delivering a 149-mile range. Its 110-kW electric motor produces 147 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. The Leaf SV Plus features a 60-kWh battery for a range of 212 miles. It comes with a 160-kW motor that makes 214 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque. Nissan backs all Leaf models with an eight-year/100,000-mile battery warranty.

ProPilot Assist comes standard for the Leaf SV Plus, and brings a full suite of advanced driver aids that include adaptive cruise control, driver alertness features, and a surround-view monitor. All Leaf models get Nissan Safety Shield 360, which includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warnings, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alerts, automatic high beams, and rear automatic braking.

2023 Nissan LeafThe Leaf SV Plus offers up to 212 miles of range.Nissan

The new Leaf starts at $28,895, which includes a $1,095 destination charge. The Leaf SV Plus starts at $36,895. The 2023 Nissan Leaf is on sale now, and may be eligible for federal tax credits of up to $7,500. Depending on where you live, you may also be able to receive a state tax credit or other incentives.

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The 2023 Crosstrek starts at $23,645.

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Subaru is one of the best at listening to its customers' needs, and the Crosstrek is a great example of that mindset. It's a useful vehicle with plenty of interior space and enough ground clearance to take its passengers well of the beaten path. Today, Subaru announced pricing for the 2023 Crosstrek and Crosstrek Hybrid. The duo will go on sale this summer.

Subaru CrosstrekThe Crosstrek's cabin is adventure-ready and packed with great tech. Subaru

The standard Crosstrek starts at $23,645 before destination and the Crosstrek Hybrid starts at $36,845. Five trims are available for the standard model, including Base, Premium, a new Special Edition, Sport, and Limited. The Hybrid comes in a single trim level. All Crosstrek variants get all-wheel drive with active torque vectoring and 8.7 inches of ground clearance.

The Base, Premium, and Special Edition trims come with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 152 horsepower. The Sport and Limited trims get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder making 182 horsepower. Most models come with a continuously variable transmission, but the Base and Premium trims come standard with a six-speed manual gearbox. The Crosstrek Hybrid comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder paired with two electric motors. The plug-in system can deliver 17 miles of electric range.

Subaru CrosstrekThe Crosstrek delivers 8.7 inches of ground clearance.Subaru

True to Subaru form, the Crosstrek comes with a full suite of advanced driver aids, including automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, lane departure alerts, adaptive cruise, and more. These features are only available for CVT-equipped models. The Limited trim and the Crosstrek Hybrid add automatic high beams, reverse automatic braking, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alerts.

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