Such a Tease

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.

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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 EUV The 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 teaser The 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 teaser The 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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Buying guide

How to buy a modified car: Three tips

This is a clean modified truck, but they don't all end up this way.

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Modified cars are a mixed bag. Sometimes, they're incredibly well built and better than the original, but too many times they're only partially finished or end up being rushed as their owners get late-project anxiety. Whatever the case, buying a modified car can be a stressful process if you haven't done your homework ahead of time. The good news is that you can get a good deal on a reasonably well sorted project or modified car, but you'll need to be careful. Looking at used Lexus LXs earlier today, it became clear that there are as many modified vehicles for sale as there are clean examples.

This LX got me thinking about the breakdown between buying a rig and building one. The modifications made by this Lexus' seller are almost exactly what I would do if I were building a light overlanding rig. What could go wrong? I'm still on the fence about the Lexus, but the three topics below will help you make the right decision on buying a modified car.

2004 Lexus LX 470 Even if the mods are well done, you'll want to have the vehicle inspected before you buy.Bring a Trailer

Understand your personal taste

I mentioned the LX470 and how the owner's updates were pretty close to what I'd do with the truck. That's an exception to the rule, because 90 percent of the time I walking away from a sales listing because of modifications, rather than the other way around. If you're hoping to find a tastefully modified car that matches your exact tastes, you could be waiting a while. If you're hoping to sell a modified car, the same is true in reverse. Finding a buyer for your extremely personalized project car may not be the easiest thing you've ever done.

2004 Lexus LX 470 It's a good idea to seek out vehicles in solid shape, regardless of mods.Bring a Trailer

Be aware of condition and quality

This Lexus looks to be well maintained and in good shape. It also doesn't hurt that the LX is one of the most reliable vehicles built by one of the world's most quality-conscious automakers. Even so, it's hard to know what you're getting with this, or any other, modified vehicle. There's a little rust in this image, but the lift kit, wheels, and bumper mods all look good. However, even if the truck looked brand-new, you'd want to get a pre-purchase inspection. An independent mechanic can tell you if there are potential issues that are unrelated to mods, and you'll want to be sure that any modifications are installed properly.

2004 Lexus LX 470 Some mods are more useful than others.Bring a Trailer

Keep an eye on the price

Most people are reasonable when it comes to selling their modified cars, but there are hundreds of "I know what I got" memes on the internet for a reason. Some sellers want to recover every penny of the money they spent customizing their cars. They're convinced that the mods drastically increased the car's value and can't understand why the customized car isn't as attractive to you as it is to them. Tread lightly and be careful not to insult the owner, but it's your job to work toward a reasonable, fair price.

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New AWD performance car

The Subaru WRX is all-new for 2022

The new WRX's body cladding is already stirring up controversy.


The Subaru WRX is a rally-bred performance car that offers a unique mix of rowdy all-wheel drive fun, a value price, and youthful styling. The car is long overdue for an update, though, and Subaru is doing just that for the 2022 model year. The fifth-generation WRX is all-new, and features a more powerful engine, along with several go-fast upgrades.

2022 Subaru WRX Both a manual and an automatic transmission will be offered.Subaru

A new GT trim joins the WRX lineup for 2022. It features a new automatic transmission, adaptive dampers, and drive mode selections. With various customization options available to the driver, the system offers up to 430 different settings combinations. The GT's interior adds Recaro seats wrapped in Ultrasuede with red stitching. The GT also gets exclusive 18-inch wheels.

Though still a Boxer engine, the 2022 WRX's powerplant is new and more powerful than before. It delivers 271 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, as well as a broader torque curve. Subaru says that the larger engine plus an electronically controlled turbo wastegate and air bypass valves improve responsiveness and acceleration.

2022 Subaru WRX A larger 11.6-inch infotainment screen is on board. Subaru

All WRX models come with Subaru's Symmetrical all-wheel drive system and active torque vectoring, which can shift power to individual wheels that need the most traction. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, but a new Subaru Performance Transmission is available, which features faster shifts and other features to improve performance.

The 2022 WRX also gets a tech upgrade that brings a large 11.6-inch tablet-style touchscreen. It runs Subaru Starlink infotainment, handles HVAC and vehicle controls, and offers split-screen functionality for two apps to run simultaneously. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, as is Bluetooth, SiriusXM radio, and HD radio. An upgraded version of the system also offers navigation with three years of free map updates.

2022 Subaru WRX Subaru will offer a new GT trim with upgraded suspension and finishes.Subaru

As it has done with many of its other vehicles, Subaru is equipping every WRX with its EyeSight suite of advanced driver aids. The packge includes lane departure prevention, adaptive cruise control with lane centering, and more. A new available automatic emergency steering system works with the car's pre-collision braking feature to help avoid collisions at speeds under 50 mph.

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