Before the production model of Chevy’s Bolt breaks cover at next year’s CES, spy shots of the finished product have been shared. The photos were clearly taken from a distance, so they’re not the most detailed images out there. Still, they give us a clear look at what the Bolt looks like, which appears to take a lot of inspiration from BMW’s i3 (but not quite as weird).
We got a clear look at a Bolt concept earlier in the year, but it looks like Chevy went through a few different revisions before settling on a final design. Let’s be honest, the design isn’t really going to be the major focus when the Bolt hits. As a new wave of EVs hit the market, the Bolt will lead the way as an affordable option—and a car that offers a 200-mile range.
Expected to retail for around $30,000, the Bolt is primed to make the world of long-range EVs more affordable, and possibly more popular. Not everyone can afford a Tesla Model S (or Model X), making the Bolt’s arrival exciting for the auto market. Will it help raise interest among consumers? Guess we’ll find out when the Bolt starts hitting dealerships in late 2016.
If the Bolt does indeed show up at CES, you can bet we’ll take an up-close and personal look.
Update: The photos have been removed at the image owner’s request.